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Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?
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Will Ibm's Watson ­sher in a New Era of Cognitive Computing?

Computers as we know them have are close to reaching an inflection point—the next generation is in sight but not quite within our grasp.

Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI
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Software Firm Claims Breakthrough in Computer Vision Will Lead to Better AI

Luis von Ahn has heard it all before.

Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets
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Intel Sees a Future Where We Will Form 'relationships' with Our Gadgets

Rugged individualists aside, many people find themselves increasingly connected not just to one another but also to the devices that make those connections possible...

2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions
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2013 Chemistry Nobel Goes to Computer Modeling of Chemical Reactions

What is actually happening at the atomic scale when two elements react?

Nsa Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged ­.s. Cryptography Standard
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Nsa Efforts to Evade Encryption Technology Damaged ­.s. Cryptography Standard

In the three months since Edward Snowden began his whistle-blowing campaign against the National Security Agency (NSA) the former government contractor has exposed...

It’s Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act
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It’s Time to Reform the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act

A bill working its way through Congress is an opportunity to update an unfair, outmoded cybersecurity law

Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer
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Integrating Left Brain and Right, on a Computer

As computers have matured over time, the human brain has no way of keeping up with silicon's rapid-fire calculating abilities.

Fact or Fiction: Encryption Prevents Digital Eavesdropping
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Fact or Fiction: Encryption Prevents Digital Eavesdropping

Since the dawn of the Web and ubiquitous free e-mail services over the past two decades, the need to secure personal information online has been evident but often...

How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response
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How Social Media Is Changing Disaster Response

When Hurricane Katrina ravaged the U.S. Gulf Coast in 2005, Facebook was the new kid on the block. There was no Twitter for news updates, and the iPhone was not...

Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?
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Is High-Tech Security at Public Events Counterproductive?

Which is more intrusive: security screening and metal detectors every few blocks, or a drone flying high above it taking video of every little thing you do?

Crash Course: Training the Brain of a Driverless Car
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Crash Course: Training the Brain of a Driverless Car

Early attempts at driverless cars have had little difficulty gathering the loads of data required to operate autonomously.

Cool It: Is the Internet Too Hot for Data Centers to Handle?
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Cool It: Is the Internet Too Hot for Data Centers to Handle?

 Internet traffic volume doubles every three years, yet this increase in usage has not been matched by a similar increase in network energy efficiency. 

Fashion Statement: Designer Creates Line of Drone-Proof Garments to Protect Privacy
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Fashion Statement: Designer Creates Line of Drone-Proof Garments to Protect Privacy

As the U.S. government draws up plans to use surveillance drones in domestic airspace, opposition to what many consider an unwarranted and significant invasionprivacy...

Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?
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Online Social Science: Can the Web Graduate from Digital Petri Dish to Virtual Laboratory?

In many ways the Internet is the ultimate virtual laboratory.

Science in an Election Year
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Science in an Election Year

More than a dozen science and engineering organizations worked with ScienceDebate.org to draft 14 top science questions to ask the two main presidential candidates...

Quantum Manipulation and Measuring Win Nobel Prize in Physics
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Quantum Manipulation and Measuring Win Nobel Prize in Physics

The 2012 Nobel Prize in Physics was awarded jointly to Serge Haroche and David J. Wineland for experimental methods that enable measuring and manipulation of individual...

Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy
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Coning In: New Ways to Tap Old Data Boost Hurricane Forecast Accuracy

Despite advances in weather prediction technology, meteorologists must still qualify any hurricane forecasts with a "cone of uncertainty," which depicts just how...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Although modern science calls for researchers to share their work so that their peers can verify the success or failure of experiments, most researchers still do...

Secret Computer Code Threatens Science
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Secret Computer Code Threatens Science

Modern science relies upon researchers sharing their work so that their peers can check and verify success or failure.

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The Coming Entanglement: Bill Joy and Danny Hillis

Digital innovators Bill Joy, co-founder of Sun Microsystems, and Danny Hillis, co-founder of the Long Now Foundation, talk with Scientific American Executive Editor...
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