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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World
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Five Technologies That Will Rock Your World

After the Russian hacking of the 2016 election, many people worry that technology has gone too far.

Listening For Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars
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Listening For Gravitational Waves Using Pulsars

One of the most spectacular achievements in physics so far this century has been the observation of gravitational waves, ripples in space-time that result from...

The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code
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The Field of AI Research Is About to Get Way Bigger Than Code

The new AI Now Institute is a cross-disciplinary initiative that will research the impact of artificial intelligence on society.

Improving Clinical Trials With Machine Learning
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Improving Clinical Trials With Machine Learning

Machine learning could improve the ability to determine whether a new drug works in the brain, and could enable researchers to detect drug effects missed by conventional...

Supercomputing Speeds Up Deep Learning Training
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Supercomputing Speeds Up Deep Learning Training

A team led by Texas Advanced Computing Center researchers has published the results of an effort to use supercomputers to train a deep neural network for rapid...

Robots Can Help US Better Understand How Infants Learn
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Robots Can Help US Better Understand How Infants Learn

Johan Kwisthout of Radboud University in the Netherlands' discusses efforts to use robots to replicate the brains infants in order to better understand their learning...

Stanford Algorithm Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Radiologists
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Stanford Algorithm Can Diagnose Pneumonia Better Than Radiologists

A new deep-learning algorithm that evaluates chest x-rays for signs of disease and can outperform radiologists at diagnosing pneumonia.

The Power of AI in the Sky
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The Power of AI in the Sky

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to sift massive amounts of big data in support of astronomy projects.

Defining a New Model For Cybersecurity Trust With Blockchain
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Defining a New Model For Cybersecurity Trust With Blockchain

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's David Shrier recently detailed the MIT Trust::Data Consortium's efforts to build new systems that rethink data sharing...

Google Study Finds Phishing Is Top Online Threat
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Google Study Finds Phishing Is Top Online Threat

Internet data breaches threaten the usernames and passwords of billions of people, and phishing attacks are the most effective way to hijack victims' online identities...

CMU Software Assembles Rna Transcripts More Accurately
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CMU Software Assembles Rna Transcripts More Accurately

Scallop is a new, more accurate computational method for reconstructing full-length nucleotide sequences of the RNA products in cells.

Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future
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Fruit Fly Brains Inform Search Engines of the Future

The mechanism the fruit fly brain employs to identify olfactory similarities could inform the design of future search algorithms.

Inside the Mechanical Brain of the World's First Robot Citizen
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Inside the Mechanical Brain of the World's First Robot Citizen

Hanson Robotics' humanoid robot, Sophia, is defined by creator Ben Goertzel as more of a user interface than a conscious artificial intelligence.

Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News
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Father of the Web Confronts His Creation in the Era of Fake News

World Wide Web Consortium founder (and 2016 A.M. Turing Award recipient) Sir Tim Berners-Lee discusses how his perspective of the Web has changed since its inception...

New Quantum Materials Offer Novel Route to 3D Electronic Devices
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New Quantum Materials Offer Novel Route to 3D Electronic Devices

Researchers at Aalto University in Finland have demonstrated how the principles of general relativity can open a pathway to novel electronic applications.

Cellphone Data Reveals Hurricane Maria's Impact on Travel in Puerto Rico
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Cellphone Data Reveals Hurricane Maria's Impact on Travel in Puerto Rico

Researchers have detailed when people chose to move out of a hurricane's path and how much travel was hindered by winds and flooding following Hurricane Maria in...

New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts
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New Tool Quantifies Power Imbalance Between Female and Male Characters in Hollywood Movie Scripts

Researchers using machine-learning technology to analyze about 800 movie scripts found widespread gender bias in the portrayal of male and female characters.

How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door
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How to Survive a Robot Apocalypse: Just Close the Door

In a competition, robots were unable to overcome the challenge of an unlocked door impeding their way at an outdoor obstacle course, illustrating the technology's...

Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots
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Researchers Study Human Movement to Build Better Robots

Researchers at Northeastern University are studying how people and robots move independently and in tandem.

Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools
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Co-Design Center Develops Next-Gen Simulation Tools

The Exascale Computing Project's Center for Efficient Exascale Discretizations collaborates to create highly optimized discretization libraries and next-generation...
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