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Moore's Law's Ultraviolet Savior Is Finally Ready
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Moore's Law's Ultraviolet Savior Is Finally Ready

It is easy to take for granted the advancements in our mobile phones, wearable electronics, and other gadgets. But advances in computing rely on processes that...

Turing Tests and the Problem of Artificial Olfaction
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Turing Tests and the Problem of Artificial Olfaction

The ability to reproduce scent artificially is surprisingly complex, and the work of the Weizmann Institute of Science's David Harel sheds light on the issue. 

Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years
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Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years

University of Namur researchers are using network science to map the links between mathematicians of the last 700 years. 

A $2 Billion Chip to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence
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A $2 Billion Chip to Accelerate Artificial Intelligence

The field of artificial intelligence has experienced a striking spurt of progress in recent years, with software becoming much better at understanding images, speech...

Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years
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Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years

The history of mathematics is in some ways a study of the human mind and how it has understood the world.

Could Alphago Bluff Its Way Through Poker?
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Could Alphago Bluff Its Way Through Poker?

University College London lecturer David Silver suggests software similar to Google DeepMind's AlphaGo could be crafted to play poker competently.

How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon
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How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon

Shortly after walking through the front doors of Baidu in Beijing last November, I was surprised to notice that my face had transformed into that of a cheerful-­looking...

How Google Deepmind Plans to Solve Intelligence
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How Google Deepmind Plans to Solve Intelligence

Padded walls, gloomy lighting, and a ceiling with floral wallpaper.

To Get Truly Smart, AI Might Need to Play More Video Games
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To Get Truly Smart, AI Might Need to Play More Video Games

The latest computer games can be fantastically realistic.

A Bitcoin-Style Currency For Central Banks
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A Bitcoin-Style Currency For Central Banks

Virtual currency could become more viable thanks to a new Bitcoin-like system developed by University College London researchers. 

Machine-Learning Algorithm Aims to Identify Terrorists Using the V Signs They Make
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Aims to Identify Terrorists Using the V Signs They Make

Ahmad Hassanat from Mu'tah University in Jordan and colleagues have developed a way to distinguish people from the unique way they make the "V for victory" sign...

Big Data Analysis Is Changing the Nature of Sports Science
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Big Data Analysis Is Changing the Nature of Sports Science

Sports scientists now can gather vast amounts of data on players and the action while games are in progress, but they still struggle to process the data in meaningful...

Pentagon Hackers Are Waging America’s First Cyberwar
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Pentagon Hackers Are Waging America’s First Cyberwar

U.S. politicians have long threatened America's enemies with tanks, planes, submarines, and nuclear missiles. Last week defense secretary Ashton Carter leveled...

Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password
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Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password

Rather than painstakingly typing in passwords on your smartphone, you may eventually just swipe a shape or other pattern on its display to authenticate yourself...

Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image
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Google ­nveils Neural Network with 'superhuman' Ability to Determine the Location of Almost Any Image

Here's a tricky task. Pick a photograph from the Web at random. Now try to work out where it was taken using only the image itself.

What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?
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What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?

On Friday, January 8, several high-level officials from the Obama administration—including the attorney general, the White House chief of staff, and the directors...

First Evidence For the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are
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First Evidence For the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are

Mathematical analysis has demonstrated the validity of the claim that most people's friends have more friends than they do. 

The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence
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The Missing Link of Artificial Intelligence

In 2012 the world learned of a surprising research project inside Google's secretive X lab.

Robot Art Raises Questions About Human Creativity
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Robot Art Raises Questions About Human Creativity

Art created by machines raises unanswered questions about its potential and whether it can truly be defined as creative or imaginative. 

Artificial Intelligence Offers a Better Way to Diagnose Malaria
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Artificial Intelligence Offers a Better Way to Diagnose Malaria

Autoscope is a new automated microscope equipped with artificial intelligence that is 90% accurate and specific at detecting malaria parasites. 
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