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August 2017


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Living Computers: Rna Circuits Transform Cells Into Nanodevices

Living Computers: Rna Circuits Transform Cells Into Nanodevices

Researchers have developed a method for harnessing living cells to perform computations using self-assembling designer RNA circuits.


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Designing Computer Software of the Future

Designing Computer Software of the Future

Researchers have demonstrated that quantum computing could be useful for speeding up the solutions to "semidefinite programs."


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To Build a Smarter Chatbot, First Teach It a Second Language

To Build a Smarter Chatbot, First Teach It a Second Language

Researchers at Salesforce have developed a method that could improve the performance of modern language programs.


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To Fix Voting Machines, Hackers Tear Them Apart

To Fix Voting Machines, Hackers Tear Them Apart

The toughest thing to convey to newcomers at the DefCon Voting Village in Las Vegas this weekend? Just how far they could go with hacking voting machines set up on site.


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Parking Smart

Parking Smart

Using technology to make parking easier.


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Nasa's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching For the Stars After 40 Years

Nasa's Voyager Spacecraft Still Reaching For the Stars After 40 Years

Humanity's farthest and longest-lived spacecraft, Voyager 1 and 2, achieve 40 years of operation and exploration this August and September. Despite their vast distance, they continue to communicate with NASA daily, still probing…


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How AI Detectives Are Cracking Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

How AI Detectives Are Cracking Open the Black Box of Deep Learning

Loosely modeled after the brain, deep neural networks are spurring innovation across science.


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Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck. Here's How to Move It Forward.

Artificial Intelligence Is Stuck. Here's How to Move It Forward.

To get computers to think like humans, we need a new artificial intelligence paradigm, one that places "top down" and "bottom up" knowledge on equal footing.


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Why Virtual Reality Will Transform a Workplace Near You

Why Virtual Reality Will Transform a Workplace Near You

A clutch of companies are changing how work gets done---by using virtual reality and augmented reality technologies.


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Hacker-Proof Coding

Hacker-Proof Coding

Software verification helps find the faults, preventing hacks.


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AI in Contact Centers

AI in Contact Centers

Artificial intelligence technologies are being deployed to improve the customer service experience.


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Charles P. 'Chuck' Thacker: 1943-2017

Microsoft researcher Charles P. Thacker, awarded the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award, died Monday, June 12, at the age of 74, after a brief illness.

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