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Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots
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Futurists' Report Acknowledges Dangers of Smart Robots

A forthcoming report from the Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence (AAAI) will explore whether robots could eventually become so intelligent...

MU Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology
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MU Research Leads to Improved Human, Object Detection Technology

University of Missouri researchers are developing software that would enable computers to search within videos and identify humans and specific objects, as well...

Announced Initiatives to Bolster U.s. Science and Technology Collaboration With Muslim Communities
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Announced Initiatives to Bolster U.s. Science and Technology Collaboration With Muslim Communities

U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton recently announced new initiatives aimed at promoting science and technology collaboration with Muslim communities...

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ACM Initiative Addresses Long-Term Preservation of Digital Library Content

ACM announced that it is providing institutional library customers with advanced electronic archiving services to help preserve their electronic resources. The...

U.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List
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U.s. and Australia Dominate Magic Robot Competition Short List

The organizers of the Multi-Autonomous Ground-robotic International Challenge (MAGIC) have created a list of 12 teams and has asked them to develop their proposals...

$1.2M Project Speeds Research Data Processing
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$1.2M Project Speeds Research Data Processing

Canada's Advanced Research and Innovation Network has provided $1.2 million to researchers at the University of Western Ontario to develop a new high-speed network...

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Tim Berners-Lee: Machine-Readable Web Still a Ways Off

World Wide Web creator Sir Tim Berners-Lee says the machine-readable Web is still a ways off and faces numerous obstacles. He says recent initiatives such as the...

Online Collaboration With Built-In Clarity
From ICT Results

Online Collaboration With Built-In Clarity

Software packages that interoperate while providing online users with an overview of their colleagues' work may finally lessen the dominance of email as the world's...

Virtual Crashes and Clatters Get Real
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Virtual Crashes and Clatters Get Real

The clatter of a dropped trash can and the crash of a cymbal – both easily recognisable sounds. That's why computer games or CGI movies that feature such noises...

The Explainer: P vs. Np
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The Explainer: P vs. Np

The Clay Mathematics Institute has a standing offer of $1 million for anyone who is able to prove or disprove one of seven problems that have never been solved....

Researchers Design Smartphone Games for Elderly Diabetics
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Researchers Design Smartphone Games for Elderly Diabetics

Researchers at Saint Louis University (SLU) and Old Dominion University have developed the Chinese Aged Diabetic Assistant (CADA), new smartphone technology that...

Nist Test Proves 'the Eyes Have It' For Id Verification
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Nist Test Proves 'the Eyes Have It' For Id Verification

The intricate structure of the iris constitutes a powerful biometric. A new report from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) demonstrates that...

Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer
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Nsf Awards $20 Million to Sdsc to Develop Shared-Memory Supercomputer

The San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) at the University of California, San Diego has been awarded a five-year, $20 million grant from the U.S. National Science...

AI Spacesuits Turn Astronauts Into Cyborg Biologists
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AI Spacesuits Turn Astronauts Into Cyborg Biologists

Wired NewsA research team led by University of Chicago geoscientist Patrick McGuire has successfully tested a feature-identifying system that could one day be used...

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New Keys for the Diffusion of Information in Social Networks

Information in social networks travels at an unexpectedly slow pace over the Internet with the exception of a few mass events, according to a study by researchers...

Endowment Fund to Support Ict Research
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Endowment Fund to Support Ict Research

Australia will continue to serve as a hub for research into wireless technologies as a result of new funding from the Science and Industry Endowment Fund, announced...

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HTML 5 Progresses Despite Challenges

Development of HTML5 is progressing, but the highly anticipated upgrade to the Web language still faces some major hurdles, particularly its lack of a standard...

Will Smart Grid Power IPv6?
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Will Smart Grid Power IPv6?

The Obama administration's effort to transform the U.S.'s electric transmission system into a smart grid could help accelerate the adoption of the next-generation...

Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies
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Amir Pnueli, Distinguished Computer Scientist and Researcher, Dies

Amir Pnueli, a professor of Computer Science at New York University and winner of the 1996 ACM A. M. Turing Award, died suddenly on November 2 of a brain hemorrhage...

Social Networking Meets Ambient Intelligence
From ICT Results

Social Networking Meets Ambient Intelligence

Sharing small snippets of information about your daily life is a key feature of the online social networking revolution. Soon status updates and other social information...
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