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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

New Technology Helps the Visually Impaired Reach for the Stars
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New Technology Helps the Visually Impaired Reach for the Stars

Researchers have developed an app that helps the visually impaired navigate the stars and planets in the solar system.  

The State of European Tech 2018
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The State of European Tech 2018

Welcome to the most comprehensive data-driven analysis of European technology.

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...

NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds
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NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the...

DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help
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DeepMind Achieves Holy Grail: An AI That Can Master Games Like Chess and Go Without Human Help

DeepMind, the London-based subsidiary of Alphabet, has created a system that can quickly master any game in the class that includes chess, Go, and Shogi, and do...

New Attack Could Make Website Security Captchas Obsolete
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New Attack Could Make Website Security Captchas Obsolete

Researchers have demonstrated a deep learning algorithm that could render captcha security and authentication redundant.

Researchers Demonstrate New Building Block in Quantum Computing
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Researchers Demonstrate New Building Block in Quantum Computing

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a new level of control over photons encoded with quantum data.

Teachers Say There's a Disconnect in Computer Science Education
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Teachers Say There's a Disconnect in Computer Science Education

Eighty-eight percent of surveyed K-12 teachers said computer science is critical for students' career success, while two in 10 said their students are not taught...

Walmart Leads the Way...in Floor Scrubbing Robots?
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Walmart Leads the Way...in Floor Scrubbing Robots?

By the end of next month, Walmart will deploy floor-scrubbing robots in its stores.

2018 ACM Fellows Honored for Pivotal Achievements that Underpin the Digital Age
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2018 ACM Fellows Honored for Pivotal Achievements that Underpin the Digital Age

ACM has named 56 members as 2018 ACM Fellows for achievements underpinning the technologies that define the digital age.

NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Use AI to Be a Better Science Partner
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NASA's Next Mars Rover Will Use AI to Be a Better Science Partner

NASA can't yet put a scientist on Mars. But in its next rover mission to the Red Planet, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory is hoping to use artificial intelligence...

NASA Reveals Aliens Could Have Already Visited Earth
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NASA Reveals Aliens Could Have Already Visited Earth

A NASA scientist suggested that aliens may have already visited earth but evaded detection due to their appearances being vastly different from human expectations...

An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care
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An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Captain America and Black Panther were about to defend Earth from the villain Thanos when Kevin Foley first noticed something was wrong.

Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs
From ACM TechNews

Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs

A new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report says U.S. adoption of automation is lagging behind that of other countries.

UCR Researchers Uncover New Hacking Methods to Steal Personal Information
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UCR Researchers Uncover New Hacking Methods to Steal Personal Information

University of California, Riverside researchers in October demonstrated side-channel graphics processing unit attacks using direct and cross-computational stacks...

ORU's New Supercomputer Has the Brains to Tackle Weather Forecasting, Physics, and More
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ORU's New Supercomputer Has the Brains to Tackle Weather Forecasting, Physics, and More

Oral Roberts University has unveiled an $850,000 supercomputer, with the goal of bolstering the institution's science, technology, engineering, and math program...

The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built
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The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built

Generative design is being employed to design seatbelt brackets in cars, motorbike chassis, cabin partitions in passenger aircraft, and other everyday industrial...

Overcoming AI Bias with AI Fairness
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Overcoming AI Bias with AI Fairness

New tools aim to remove unconscious and other types of bias from algorithms.

Searching an Artificial Bee Colony for Real-World Results
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Searching an Artificial Bee Colony for Real-World Results

Researchers in Japan have proposed a scale-free mechanism to guide an artificial bee colony algorithm's exploration process.
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