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China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.
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China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin.

Mathematician Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame
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Mathematician Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame

West was among the so-called "Hidden Figures" part of the team who did computing for the U.S. military in the era before electronic systems.

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the ­nited States
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International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the ­nited States

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington...

Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WS­ Researchers
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Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WS­ Researchers

Washington State University researchers have found previously undetected vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips.

The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer
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The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer

Miquela Sousa is a computer-generated character developed as a social media personality that can evolve with the times without aging.

Radical New Neural Network Design Could Overcome Big Challenges in AI
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Radical New Neural Network Design Could Overcome Big Challenges in AI

A new design for neural networks lacks traditional stacked layers of simple computational nodes that work together to find patterns in data.

Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging
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Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging

A new network design uses quantum key distribution to secure messages among four users.

Foldable Drone Can Navigate Narrow Holes
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Foldable Drone Can Navigate Narrow Holes

A new drone can compress itself to pass through narrow spaces and then revert to its previous shape, all while continuing to fly.

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages
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The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages

Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British...

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery
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Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Since 2016, IBM has offered online access to a quantum computer. Anyone can log in and execute commands on a 5-qubit or 14-qubit machine located in Yorktown Heights...

Major Companies Are ­sing AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone
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Major Companies Are ­sing AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone

Many large companies around the world use artificial intelligence-based software to manage millions of call-center conversations.

Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze
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Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze

Researchers used state-of-the-art supercomputers to examine how turbulence in the atmosphere plays out over long periods of time

Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers
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Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers

Canada and France recently announced plans for an international panel to assess the dangers of artificial intelligence and formulate appropriate policies.

Seeking Equilibria in Economics, Computer Science
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Seeking Equilibria in Economics, Computer Science

Daskalakis' work brings deep theoretical analysis to bear on high-impact problems with direct effects on real-world applications.

'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie
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NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie

NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie—a mosaic made up of 11 images.

Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat...

Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen
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Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen

Researchers in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can predict "pump-and-dump" cryptocurrency scams prior to their occurrence.

AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay
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AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay

Companies are turning to services that use artificial intelligence to vet potential hires amid a tight labor market.

Researchers ­se Computer Model to Predict Prostate Cancer Progression
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Researchers ­se Computer Model to Predict Prostate Cancer Progression

Researchers from Denmark and Germany trained a computer model on prostate cancer patient data to predict disease progression.
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