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Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step
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Taskmaster Robots Watch While You Work in Case You Miss a Step

Researchers have developed a robot that can watch people work, learn the steps that make up the task, and remind people when they forget a step. 

IBM to Develop Hardware to Wipe Out Errors in Quantum Computing
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IBM to Develop Hardware to Wipe Out Errors in Quantum Computing

The race to build a full-blown quantum computer is heating up.

Blood Gushes from Virtual Leg Injury to Help Train Combat Medics
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Blood Gushes from Virtual Leg Injury to Help Train Combat Medics

If you're very squeamish, look away now.

Smart Glasses Translate Video Into Sound to Help the Blind See
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Smart Glasses Translate Video Into Sound to Help the Blind See

Blind people have long relied on sound as a substitution for sight, and some even use echolocation to navigate around objects. But it turns out that sound can be...

Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score
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Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score

Where you go, what you buy, who you know, how many points are on your driving licence, how your pupils rate you.

Virtual Human Built from More Than 5,000 Slices of a Real Woman
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Virtual Human Built from More Than 5,000 Slices of a Real Woman

She died two decades ago, but her body lives on in digital form.

Clumps of Gold Nanoparticals Can Evolve to Carry Out Computing
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Clumps of Gold Nanoparticals Can Evolve to Carry Out Computing

Researchers at the University of Twente in the Netherlands have found a loosely organized clump of gold nanoparticles can be made to do calculations.

Forget the Turing Test—there Are Better Ways of Judging AI
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Forget the Turing Test—there Are Better Ways of Judging AI

Last Saturday I took part in a battle of wits at Bletchley Park, the stately home that housed the U.K.’s codebreakers during the second world war.

­nhackable Kernel Could Keep All Computers Safe from Cyberattack
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­nhackable Kernel Could Keep All Computers Safe from Cyberattack

An autonomous helicopter gunship is flying over a military base in Arizona. Suddenly, officers on the ground lose radio contact: hackers have taken control of an...

Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking
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Brain-Controlled Smart Home Lets You Turn the Tv On By Thinking

Feeling cold? Your home already knows, and turns up the heat. Sick of the TV show you are watching? Your home changes the channel.

Can Software Suffer? Death and Pain in Digital Brains
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Can Software Suffer? Death and Pain in Digital Brains

The ability to digitally simulate physical systems such as the brain to avoid the ethical dilemmas of experimentation on living subjects creates new dilemmas.

Our Number's ­p: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never ­nderstand
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Our Number's ­p: Machines Will Do Maths We'll Never ­nderstand

Some mathematicians think the field of mathematics is approaching a limit that cannot yield further breakthroughs without computerized assistance. 

AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game
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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

A team of researchers has used a detailed computer analysis of the 2013-2014 Spanish football league to better understand various teams' different patterns of play...

AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game
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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

Who really calls the shots in team sports?

Computer-Human Hybrids Could Be Best at Scanning For Danger
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Computer-Human Hybrids Could Be Best at Scanning For Danger

In A world of algorithms, there are still a few places where humans reign supreme.

Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?
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Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?

When is a smart city not so smart?

Smart Mirror Monitors Your Face For Telltale Signs of Disease
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Smart Mirror Monitors Your Face For Telltale Signs of Disease

A new mirror can assess the health of someone looking into it by analyzing facial expressions, fatty tissue, and how flush or pale the person is. 

The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live
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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.

Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking
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Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking

Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?

Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing
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Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing

"Where am I?" In the real world, it's an easy question to answer. Online, things can get more complicated.
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