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Robot Teaches Itself How to Dress People
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Robot Teaches Itself How to Dress People

A team of researchers says it has developed a robot that helps hospital patients slide on their gowns.

Hiding Information in Plain Text
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Hiding Information in Plain Text

Computer scientists have now invented a way to hide secret messages in ordinary text by imperceptibly changing the shapes of letters.

AI Researchers Allege that Machine Learning Is Alchemy
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AI Researchers Allege that Machine Learning Is Alchemy

Ali Rahimi, a researcher in artificial intelligence (AI) at Google in San Francisco, California, took a swipe at his field last December—and received a 40-second...

Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes
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Old Data Reveal New Evidence of Europa Plumes

Scientists re-examining data from an old mission bring new insights to the tantalizing question of whether Jupiter's moon Europa has the ingredients to support...

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Systems of mathematical equations can forecast the most informative data to collect for an autonomous underwater vehicle mission and the best way to reach the sampling...

Strain Improves Performance of Atomically Thin Semiconductor Material
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Strain Improves Performance of Atomically Thin Semiconductor Material

Researchers significantly enhanced the performance of an atomically thin semiconductor material by stretching it.

How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself
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How Can We Be Sure AI Will Behave? Perhaps by Watching It Argue With Itself

Researchers say having two artificial intelligence systems debate a particular goal could ensure that they behave reliably when executing complex functions.

Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?
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Inside Google, a Debate Rages: Should It Sell Artificial Intelligence to the Military?

Last July, 13 U.S. military commanders and technology executives met at the Pentagon's Silicon Valley outpost, two miles from Google headquarters.

A New Sense for Underwater Robots
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A New Sense for Underwater Robots

Marrja Kruusmaa and her colleagues in Estonia have developed a way for underwater robots to better understand their environment.

Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills
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Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills

Google's DeepMind unit has developed an algorithm that outperforms people in solving a virtual maze.

Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission
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Mars Helicopter to Fly on NASA's Next Red Planet Rover Mission

NASA is sending a helicopter to Mars.

Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites
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Fundamental Equations Guide Marine Robots to Optimal Sampling Sites

Observing the world's oceans is increasingly a mission assigned to autonomous underwater vehicles (AUVs)—marine robots that are designed to drift, drive, or glide...

Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes
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Software Transforms Complex Data Into Visualizable Shapes

The HyperTools open source software package leverages mathematical techniques to understand high-dimensional datasets via the underlying geometric structures they...

Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates
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Monkey Face Recognition App Can Help Spot Endangered Primates

Researchers at Michigan State University have developed a mobile application that can identify and track primates in the wild from facial photos.

W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award
From ACM TechNews

W&M Computing Mentorship for Girls Receives ACM National Service Award

The College of William & Mary's Society of Women in Computing has been named to receive the ACM Outstanding Community Service Award.

Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand
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Italian Researchers Develop Lighter, Cheaper Robotic Hand

The Hennes robotic hand streamlines the mechanical design of other myoelectric prosthetics, using sensors that respond to the brain's electrical stimuli to the...

Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots
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Facebook Helped Create an AI Scavenger Hunt That Could Lead to the First Useful Home Robots

Researchers have developed a scavenger hunt that could help artificial intelligence programs develop common sense.

House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads
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House Democrats Release 3,500 Russia-Linked Facebook Ads

On Thursday, Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee published more than 3,500 Facebook and Instagram ads linked to the Russian propaganda group Internet...

Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now
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Critical PGP and S/MIME Bugs can Reveal Encrypted Emails—Uninstall Now

The flaws can expose emails sent in the past and "pose an immediate threat."

Light Could Make Semiconductor Computers a Million Times Faster or Even Go Quantum
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Light Could Make Semiconductor Computers a Million Times Faster or Even Go Quantum

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