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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities
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Facebook Adds A.I. Labs in Seattle and Pittsburgh, Pressuring Local Universities

At a conference in Silicon Valley this week, Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook's chief executive, vowed that his company would "keep building" despite a swirl of questions...

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other
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The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other

Wikipedia editors got locked in a dispute several months ago about the biographical summary boxes that sit atop some pages of the online encyclopedia. The tiff...

Data Science Team Receives ACM Software Prize
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Data Science Team Receives ACM Software Prize

ACM is recognizing an international team of researchers with the 2018 Software System Award for Project Jupyter.

Could Robots Be Counselors? Early Research Shows Positive User Experience
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Could Robots Be Counselors? Early Research Shows Positive User Experience

Researchers have demonstrated that a humanoid social robot can deliver a positive motivational interview.

Gait Assessed With Body-Worn Sensors May Help Detect Alzheimer's
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Gait Assessed With Body-Worn Sensors May Help Detect Alzheimer's

A recent pilot study at the University of Newcastle recently demonstrated that low-cost wearable devices could improve clinical trial efficiency.

Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land
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Computer Scientists Find the Longest Straight Line You Could Sail Without Hitting Land

A new algorithm can calculate the longest straight-line path around the world on land or sea.

Mining for Gold With a Computer
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Mining for Gold With a Computer

Engineers from Texas A&M University and Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University used image-analysis software to gain new insights into nanoporous gold...

JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role
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JPMorgan Taps Carnegie Mellon Professor for New AI Role

Manuela Veloso will build on the U.S. bank's existing work applying machine learning technology.

Water Filter Inspired by Alan Turing Passes First Test
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Water Filter Inspired by Alan Turing Passes First Test

Researchers in China have developed a filter that removes salt from water up to three times as fast as conventional filters. The membrane has a unique nanostructure...

Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors
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Tech Giants Hit by NSA Spying Slam Encryption Backdoors

A coalition of Silicon Valley tech giants has doubled down on its criticism of encryption backdoors following a proposal that would give law enforcement access...

NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science
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NASA's Swarmathon Improves Student Skills in Robotics, Computer Science

College and university students recently participated in the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's third annual Swarmathon, a robotic programming competition...

Smart Skin for Flexible Monitoring
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Smart Skin for Flexible Monitoring

Marine Skin is a new smart patch that could be used to electronically tag marine animals.

The Unhackable Envelope
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The Unhackable Envelope

Researchers have developed an envelope for hardware security modules that requires no battery and cannot be broken into without deleting its stored data.

AI To Help Soldiers Learn Faster in Combat
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AI To Help Soldiers Learn Faster in Combat

A low-cost, lightweight hardware system can help soldiers learn more than 13 times faster than conventional methods.

'Smart' Dresser Prototype Guides People With Dementia in Getting Dressed
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'Smart' Dresser Prototype Guides People With Dementia in Getting Dressed

Researchers have created an intelligent dressing system that integrates automated tracking and recognition with guided assistance.

Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech
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Editing Memories and Sensations in the Brain With Tech

What if we had the ability to fool our brain into thinking that we'd experienced something that never happened?

GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case
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GRACE-FO: Cracking a Cold Case

Reports of the rapidly melting West Antarctic ice sheet often refer to how much the melting could add to global sea levels—as if meltwater raises the ocean evenly...

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

Artificial-intelligence programs could develop some much-needed common sense by competing in scavenger hunts inside virtual homes filled with simulated coffee tables...

Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say
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Apps for Children Should Emphasize Parent and Child Choice, Researchers Say

Preschoolers can benefit from using electronic devices with thoughtfully designed content that intentionally supports parent-child interactions, according to researchers...

Rice U. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development
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Rice U. Turns Deep-Learning AI Loose on Software Development

Rice University researchers have invented a deep learning software coding application to help programmers navigate growing numbers of application programming interfaces...
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