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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan
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NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan

The plan includes $2 million in state grants to help schools establish advanced, high-quality computer science programs.

Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness
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Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness

"I've become convinced that AI and the surrounding disciplines are going to bring a change in human consciousness, like the Enlightenment."

This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance
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This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance

Researchers have developed a teleoperation system that allows a two-legged robot to "borrow" a human operator's physical skills to move with greater agility. 

Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show
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Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show

Researchers in two U.S. Department of Defense units collaborated with a health IT company to develop a predictive algorithm that determines if a service member...

Patent Office Seeks Help From AI
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Patent Office Seeks Help From AI

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expanding its use of artificial intelligence to handle a steadily increasing number of patent applications, including an...

The Internet Is Getting Less Free
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The Internet Is Getting Less Free

Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting Internet freedoms.

Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era
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Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era

Cybersecurity majors are being trained to design hardware to be immune from software hacks.    

Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet
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Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet

Earlier this year, Russia passed a law that theoretically would allow the government to sequester the country's Internet from the rest of the world, as well as...

Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom
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Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom

Parents and students are grappling with the privacy implications of software increasingly used by U.S. schools, including apps that monitor students' movements—even...

Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range
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Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer program that plans deliveries by getting drones to piggyback on public transport for a range boost....

'Listening' to Engine Blades to Stop Failures, Disasters
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'Listening' to Engine Blades to Stop Failures, Disasters

Purdue University researchers have developed a monitoring system to identify the sound of rotor-forced response vibration, a common cause of premature blade malfunction...

'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation
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'Tis the Season for Surge Robots as Holiday Hiring Finds Automation

Retailers and logistics operators are investing in collaborative robots (cobots) to accelerate warehouse operations in the holiday season.

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition
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Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Researchers have gained new insights on humans' ability to recognize faces, through the use of deep neural networks.

Python Programming Language Creator Retires, Saying: 'It's Been an Amazing Ride'
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Python Programming Language Creator Retires, Saying: 'It's Been an Amazing Ride'

The creator of the world's most popular programming language goes into retirement.

Technion to Award Harvey Prize
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Technion to Award Harvey Prize

The Harvey Prize will be awarded this year in two fields: to three scientists who led a breakthrough in genetic modification, and to a Columbia University professor...

China Passes Cryptography Law
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China Passes Cryptography Law

China has passed a cryptography statute, which will become law on Jan. 1, that regulates how government, businesses, and private citizens may use the technology...

Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People
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Deep Learning Is Making Video Game Characters Move Like Real People

Scientists used deep learning neural networks to help digital characters in video games move more realistically.

Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

Mouse-Brain Model Maps Spread of Alpha-Synuclein in Parkinson's Disease
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Mouse-Brain Model Maps Spread of Alpha-Synuclein in Parkinson's Disease

Scientists have developed a computational mouse model that simulates the spread of the misfolded alpha-synuclein protein found in Parkinson's and other diseases...
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