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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House
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A Massive New Library of 3D Images Could Help Your Robot Butler Get Around Your House

Researchers created ScanNet, a new database of three-dimensional images with millions of annotated objects, to help train machines to better understand the physical...

Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy
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Google's New Chip Is a Stepping Stone to Quantum Computing Supremacy

A team of Google researchers by the end of this year plans to build a device that achieves "quantum supremacy."

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Some experts warn deep-learning artificial intelligence technologies cannot be adopted without reservations if their creators cannot understand how they reason....

Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers
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Supercomputer Simulation Offers Peek at the Future of Quantum Computers

Researchers from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Zurich in Switzerland have used the fifth-most powerful supercomputer in the world to simulate the behavior...

The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI
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The Dark Secret at the Heart of AI

Last year, a strange self-driving car was released onto the quiet roads of Monmouth County, New Jersey.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own

Dance Dance Convolution is a new system that takes as an input the raw audio files of pop songs, and produces dance routines as an output.

This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years
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This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a...

Google's AI Explosion in One Chart
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Google's AI Explosion in One Chart

Nature. The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  The Journal of the American Medical Association.

Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People
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Machine Learning Opens Up New Ways to Help Disabled People

Companies are developing and launching machine-learning technologies and applications to enhance the experience of disabled persons.

The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves
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The U.S. Military Wants Its Autonomous Machines to Explain Themselves

Intelligence agents and military operatives may come to rely heavily on machine learning to parse huge quantities of data, and to control a growing arsenal of autonomous...

Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits
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Chemists Are First in Line for Quantum Computing's Benefits

This month IBM and Google both said they aim to commercialize quantum computers within the next few years (Google specified five), selling access to the exotic...

Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head
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Quantum Computers Finally Go Head-to-Head

In the red corner, weighing in with just five qubits, a quantum computer from the University of Maryland in College Park. In the blue corner, also with five qubits...

Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab
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Inside the Far-Out Glass Lab

Engineers at Corning's research lab in New York are developing new materials in their quest to expand the capabilities of glass.

This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical
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This Technology Could Finally Make Brain Implants Practical

In labs testing how brain implants could help people with physical disabilities, tales of success can be bittersweet.

This App Offers Personal Recommendations While Keeping Your Data Private
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This App Offers Personal Recommendations While Keeping Your Data Private

A personalized news recommendation application collects data about the user to suggest relevant stories without sending any personal information to a remote server...

AI Software Learns to Make AI Software
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AI Software Learns to Make AI Software

Several research organizations are working to create artificial intelligences that can in turn develop machine-learning software.

The Internet Is Sick
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The Internet Is Sick

The Mozilla Foundation's new Internet Health Report identifies obstacles that undermine entrepreneurship and democracy online.

Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall
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Military Program Produces Gadget That Detects Machinery from Behind a Concrete Wall

The U.K.'s Defence Science and Technology Laboratory is based at a restricted military base in Porton Down, not far from the ancient monument of Stonehenge in southwest...

Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection
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Data Mining Solves the Mystery of Your Slow Wi-Fi Connection

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China have discovered why slow or failed Wi-Fi connectivity happens and how to avoid it, by measuring the time it took for...

Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter
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Air Force Tests IBM's Brain-Inspired Chip as an Aerial Tank Spotter

The U.S. Air Force Research Lab is exploring whether brain-inspired computer chips could give satellites, aircraft, and drones the ability to automatically identify...
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