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Killer Robots: World’s Top AI and Robotics Companies Urge United Nations to Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons
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Killer Robots: World’s Top AI and Robotics Companies Urge United Nations to Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons

An open letter by leaders of leading robotics and artificial intelligence companies is released as the United Nations delays meeting to discuss the robot arms race...

E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities
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E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for...

The Origin of Complex Life on Earth Just Got a Little Less Mysterious
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The Origin of Complex Life on Earth Just Got a Little Less Mysterious

Life on Earth goes back at least two billion years, but it was only in the last half-billion that it would have been visible to the naked eye.

Microsoft Develops Tool to Repair Code
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Microsoft Develops Tool to Repair Code

Researchers at Microsoft, Peking University, and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China have developed the Accurate Condition System, which...

Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What's Quantum Internet?
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Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What's Quantum Internet?

Although some scientists expect a "quantum Internet" to exist in 13 years, its exact function remains vague due to the nascent stage of the technology. 

AP Computer Science Draws in More Girls, Minorities
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AP Computer Science Draws in More Girls, Minorities

More young women took an Advanced Placement computer science exam in 2016 than in 2007 through 2013 combined, mainly because of the College Board's new AP CS Principles...

HPE and NASA Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help Us Get to Mars
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HPE and NASA Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help Us Get to Mars

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NASA announced a year-long joint experiment in which a "Spaceborne Computer" will be set up at the International Space Station, with...

Computer Scientists Use Music to Covertly Track Body Movements, Activity
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Computer Scientists Use Music to Covertly Track Body Movements, Activity

Researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated the use of smart devices as surveillance tools to track a user's position, body movements, and activity...

NASA's Voyager Missions Could Guide Aliens to Earth
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NASA's Voyager Missions Could Guide Aliens to Earth

The 40th anniversary of the launch of two of NASA's most remarkable spacecraft is fast approaching.

How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art
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How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Innovators are using deep neural networks to train machines to produce artwork by analyzing massive datasets. Google researcher Douglas Eck envisions artificial...

Scientists Automate Key Step in Forensic Fingerprint Analysis
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Scientists Automate Key Step in Forensic Fingerprint Analysis

Researchers at Michigan State University and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed an algorithm that automates the fingerprint-analysis...

WSU Researchers Receive $2.3M to Improve U.S. Power Grid Design
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WSU Researchers Receive $2.3M to Improve U.S. Power Grid Design

Researchers at Washington State University recently received a $2.3-million U.S. Department of Energy grant to more efficiently distribute power and better manage...

How Secure Are Your Messages?
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How Secure Are Your Messages?

Researchers at Brigham Young University have found most users of Facebook Messenger, What'sApp, and the Viber messaging apps leave themselves open to fraud or other...

Tripping the Light Fantastic
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Tripping the Light Fantastic

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a chip that uses light, not electrons, to crunch data.

China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory
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China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory

Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. 

The Imperfect Crime: How the WannaCry Hackers Could Get Nabbed
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The Imperfect Crime: How the WannaCry Hackers Could Get Nabbed

When hackers unleashed the WannaCry "ransomware" in mid-May, not only did they wreak havoc on European hospitals, telecoms and railways, they also made off with...

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing
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This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on...

I'm a Woman in Computer Science. Let Me Ladysplain the Google Memo to You.
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I'm a Woman in Computer Science. Let Me Ladysplain the Google Memo to You.

A main reason the Google "manifesto" has been met with so much support is its quasi-professional tone, writes Cynthia Lee of Stanford University.

A Researcher Disguised Himself as a Car Seat to Teach Driverless Cars How to Communicate With Humans
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A Researcher Disguised Himself as a Car Seat to Teach Driverless Cars How to Communicate With Humans

Researchers costumed themselves as car seats to give the appearance no one is driving during autonomous vehicle experiments.

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News
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First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Researchers say they have proof that social bots are the key to the online proliferation of fake news.
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