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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course
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This Robot Transforms Itself to Navigate an Obstacle Course

Researchers have created robots that can adapt to their environment based on centralized sensory processing, environmental perception, and decision-making software...

Stanford Researchers Develop New Data Privacy Technique
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Stanford Researchers Develop New Data Privacy Technique

A new system for aggregating data usage reports emphasizes maintaining personal privacy.

Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes
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Learn to Fly Sikorsky's New Helicopter in Just 45 Minutes

A specially equipped Sikorsky helicopter can be controlled through a handheld tablet, and learning to pilot it can take as little as 45 minutes. 

ESA's Gravity-Mapper Reveals Relics of Ancient Continents Under Antarctic Ice
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ESA's Gravity-Mapper Reveals Relics of Ancient Continents Under Antarctic Ice

It was five years ago this month that ESA's GOCE gravity-mapping satellite finally gave way to gravity, but its results are still yielding buried treasure—giving...

IBM Boasts Single-Atom Two-Bit Memory
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IBM Boasts Single-Atom Two-Bit Memory

This accomplishment will feed research on developing atomic-scale devices for storing digital bits, and the storage of quantum bits in the magnetic spin of atomic...

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills
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Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills

A new study predicts demand for information technology workers will outstrip supply, due to growth in digital technologies, tighter labor markets, and few workers...

Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?
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Will NASA's Next Mission to Venus Be a Balloon?

After decades of neglect, hellish and cloud-enveloped Venus—sometimes called Earth's evil twin—is a world ready and waiting for renewed exploration.

Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk
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Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them,...

Waymo Gets Green Light for Robot Cars in California; No Humans Needed
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Waymo Gets Green Light for Robot Cars in California; No Humans Needed

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted a permit to Waymo to test fully autonomous cars with no human driver on public roads.

A Better Way to Predict Election Outcomes
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A Better Way to Predict Election Outcomes

Researchers have developed a way to correlate Web browsing patterns with public opinion polls to create more accurate election predictions.

San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs
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San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs

A formerly homeless man has created a nonprofit organization to combat homelessness in San Francisco by teaching needy individuals the skills needed to work in...

FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says
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FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not sufficiently protecting medical devices from being hacked, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?
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Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to train semantic parsers by mimicking the way a child learns language.

E.T., We're Home
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E.T., We're Home

If extraterrestrial intelligence exists somewhere in our galaxy, a new MIT study proposes that laser technology on Earth could, in principle, be fashioned into...

The Impact of Moore’s Law Ending
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The Impact of Moore’s Law Ending

Chips will cost more to design and manufacture even without pushing to the latest node, but that's not the whole story.

Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI
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Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI

Libratus team announced as IJCAI Minsky medal recipients.

Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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Using Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Wi-Fi fills our world with radio waves. In your home, in the office, and increasingly on city streets, humans are bathed in a constant background field of 2.4-...

Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way's Black Hole
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Astronomers Creep Up to the Edge of the Milky Way's Black Hole

For the first time, scientists have spotted something wobbling around the black hole at the core of our galaxy.

Google Says 'Exponential' Growth of AI is Changing Nature of Compute
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Google Says 'Exponential' Growth of AI is Changing Nature of Compute

Google software engineer Cliff Young explains how the explosion in deep learning algorithms is coinciding with a breakdown in Moore's Law, forcing new computer...

Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters
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Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters

IBM's Jeff Jonas has for several years used his artificial intelligence software for a multistate project to identify eligible voters and purge voter rolls of inaccuracies...
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