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Robots Learn to Share, Validating Hamilton's Rule
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Robots Learn to Share, Validating Hamilton's Rule

French researchers are developing robots with altruistic traits based on Hamilton's rule, which states that an organism is more likely to express altruism with...

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Army Wants Its Computers Acting Like Human Brains

The brain is our body’s natural multi-system parallel processing organ. Its job, on a continuous basis, is to compute a huge onslaught of incoming data and spit...

Mars's Frozen Ocean of Carbon Dioxide
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Mars's Frozen Ocean of Carbon Dioxide

Mars is a dry, frigid, dusty, nearly airless place. A couple of billion years ago, though, it wasn't much different from Earth.

Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab
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Joichi Ito Named Director of MIT Media Lab

MIT announced that Joichi (“Joi” — pronounced “Joey”) Ito has been selected as the next director of the MIT Media Lab.

Data Optimization in Developing Nations
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Data Optimization in Developing Nations

Artificial intelligence and machine learning could expand access to health care, improve the quality of education, and respond effectively to natural disasters...

I, Domestic Robot
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I, Domestic Robot

With recent advances in laser rangefinders, faster algorithms, and open source robotic operating systems, researchers are increasing domestic robots' semantic and...

Sorting Through Photos
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Sorting Through Photos

Teaching computers to understand pictures could lead to search engines capable of identifying and organizing large datasets of visual information.

Are You Following a Bot?
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Are You Following a Bot?

How to manipulate social movements by hacking Twitter.

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The Search Engine That Predicts What You Want

In the future the news will find you—at least according to Futureful, a Finnish startup building a predictive discovery iPad app that will deliver personalised...

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Busy Job of Judging Video-Game Content to Be Ceded to Machines

The little E's, T's, and M's that appear on the covers of video games get there the old-fashioned way: People working for the Entertainment Software Rating Board...

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Robots on the Farm

Commercial farms of the future may be staffed by robots that will identify, spray and pick individual pieces of produce from plants, even when their targets are...

How Google Is Teaching Computers to See
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How Google Is Teaching Computers to See

Computers used to be blind, and now they can see.  Thanks to increasingly sophisticated algorithms, computers today can recognize and identify the Eiffel Tower...

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Robot Could Guide Humans Through Areas of Low Visibility

Sheffield Hallam University researchers are helping to develop a robot that can guide humans in areas of low visibility. The robot, which will be slightly larger...

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Ibm's Watson Not As Smart As You Think

As smart as IBM's Watson supercomputer may have seemed while defeating two former Jeopardy champions, it wouldn't be able to hold a conversation with or speak...

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Artificial Intelligence For Improving Data Processing

Carlos III University of Madrid recently hosted a group of AI experts to discuss the technology's latest advances. Five researchers discussed issues including...

Software Pinpoints Afghan Fighters
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Software Pinpoints Afghan Fighters

The ongoing military campaign against Afghan insurgents may get a boost from new computer software designed to zero in on the locations of weapons caches and...

Military
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Military

The Pentagon has spent decades and gazillions of dollars trying to build the perfect translation device. Now, its far-out research arm is looking at a new direction...

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Darpa's Humanoid Robbie Never Takes His Eyes Off You

In preparation for National Robotics Week, an initiative of the Congressional Robotics Caucus, at the National Museum of American History, which kicks off on...

A Browser that Speaks Your Language
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A Browser that Speaks Your Language

Early adopters can now get a sneak peek at the future of the Web by downloading the latest prerelease, or "beta," version of Chrome, Google's Web browser. One...

Nasa Readies Jobs For Robonaut
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Nasa Readies Jobs For Robonaut

The space android called Robonaut 2 was just unpacked from its box last month, but NASA is already thinking up jobs for the darn thing to do, such as replacing...
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