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Ali Farhadi holds a puny $5 computer, called a Raspberry Pi, comfortably in his palm and exults that his team of researchers has managed to squeeze into it a powerful program that can recognize thousands of objects.
Having traveled from the New Horizons spacecraft over 3.4 billion miles, or 5.5 billion kilometers (five hours, eight minutes at light speed), the final item—a segment of a Pluto-Charon observation sequence taken by the Ralph…
Imagine a world where an authoritarian government monitors everything you do, amasses huge amounts of data on almost every interaction you make, and awards you a single score that measures how "trustworthy" you are.
Google is locked in a six-year battle with Europe's antitrust officials. And the stakes for both sides are getting higher.
A user's anonymous browsing history, tweets, emails, and cookies can be used to piece together their identity.
Researchers from the Freiberg University of Mining and Technology in Germany have trained a robot to play with Legos by having it observe two people build a Lego rocket.
A University of Washington study found an unwelcoming culture and a lack of mentors were the main deterrents to women considering science-related careers.
A new set of algorithms developed is capable of efficiently model-fitting probability distributions to high-dimensional data.
A new study describes a method for detecting people dishonestly posting online content across multiple accounts.
Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have trained a computer to produce scary images.
Nate Silver is on the downtown 1 train. Possibly because he looks like a (modestly) hip math teacher, and hardly looks up from his phone, he goes unrecognized until he reaches the PlayStation Theater in Times Square.
This may have happened to you. You idly browse a pair of shoes online one morning, and for the rest of the week, those shoes follow you across the Internet, appearing in adverts across the websites you visit.
In less than 12 hours, three different people offered to pay me if I'd spend an hour talking to a stranger on the phone.
Google Brain has created two artificial intelligences that evolved their own cryptographic algorithm to protect their messages from a third AI, which was trying to evolve its own method to crack the AI-generated crypto.
Cornell University professor Ross Tate has discovered that the Java programming language, designed to be safe, is actually quite insecure.
Researchers in Spain have developed an integrated computational architecture for use with software applications in schools.
Researchers at Switzerland's Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Lausanne identified materials whose electronic properties could be ideal for spintronics.
Researchers from The Australian National University and University of Queensland have produced near-perfect clones of quantum information.
A team from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed an interface that addresses many of the core problems of the powerful open source tool Git.
Federal officials delivered a landmark ruling in favor of online privacy Thursday, limiting how Internet providers use and sell customer data, while asserting that customers have a right to control their personal information.
There are half a billion tweets a day. For the company, they’re sellable data. For despots, they’re a great way to hunt dissidents.
Exploring the benefits of nascent implantable technologies.
About 40% of electric power generated is used to drive motors, and that figure is expected to grow.
A new system developed by Rice University researchers could enable mobile users to quickly determine their location indoors.
Disney Research has developed a facial-capture system that uses a sample of actors' recordings to synthetically generate the data needed to train the system.
Last week's cyberattack that affected several prominent websites reveals weaknesses in the Internet of Things that need to be addressed.
Last week ended with a mid-level internet catastrophe. You may have noticed that for most of Friday popular sites like Netflix, Twitter, Spotify (and yes, WIRED) were inaccessible across the East Coast and beyond.
The most powerful telescope orbiting Mars is providing new details of the scene near the Martian equator where Europe's Schiaparelli test lander hit the surface last week.
The Pentagon has made artificial intelligence the core of its agenda to maintain the U.S. position as the world's leading military power.
Imperial College London researchers have demonstrated a highly efficient method for wirelessly transferring power to a drone while it is flying.