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NIH Grant Funds Development of a Wayfinding App for the Blind
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NIH Grant Funds Development of a Wayfinding App for the Blind

Researchers are using $1.1-million U.S. National Institutes of Health grant to develop a student's system for guiding the blind into an iPhone app.

New Technology Advances Protection of Critical Systems From Insider-Assisted Attacks
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New Technology Advances Protection of Critical Systems From Insider-Assisted Attacks

A new covert defense algorithm employs evasive tactics to deceive cyberattackers targeting critical systems from within.

AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby
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AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby

A machine learning system taught itself the basics of video game design by watching videos of people playing games.

The Outlook for Superconducting Computers
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The Outlook for Superconducting Computers

Will superconductors outrace silicon?     

Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology
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Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is calling for researchers to specify the potentially negative societal aspects of artificial intelligence technologies, as...

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?
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What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an...

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley
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A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley

"I am convinced the devil lives in our phones."

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet
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Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission...

The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks
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The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

Army Scientists Develop Computational Model to Predict Human Behavior
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Army Scientists Develop Computational Model to Predict Human Behavior

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have developed an analytic model to show how groups of people influence the behavior of individuals.

Tech Industry Lobby Proposes Data Privacy Laws; Critics Call Them Weak
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Tech Industry Lobby Proposes Data Privacy Laws; Critics Call Them Weak

The Information Technology Industry Council has proposed a conceptual framework for legislation to protect consumer privacy and limit how personal data may be used...

Japan Preschools Using Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age
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Japan Preschools Using Tablets to Prep Tots for Digital Age

Almost 400 kindergartens and nursery schools in Japan are using smartphone software applications on tablet computers to enable "digital play" among preschoolers...

Building a Fly Brain in a Computer
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Building a Fly Brain in a Computer

Researchers have built a neural network that mimics the fruit fly's visual system, and can distinguish and re-identify flies.

Origami Cushions Protect Drones From Collisions
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Origami Cushions Protect Drones From Collisions

Researchers have outfitted flying drones with lightweight, impact-absorbent cushioning inspired by origami to shield them from collisions.

China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates
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China Rattles Washington's Tech Debates

A common thread is running through nearly every tech debate in Washington these days: fear that an ambitious China is poised to win the next wave of technology....

IBM to Acquire Software Company Red Hat for $34 billion
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IBM to Acquire Software Company Red Hat for $34 billion

The transaction, underscores IBM Chief Executive Ginni Rometty's efforts to expand the company's subscription-based software offerings as it faces slowing software...

China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"
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China Has Been "Hijacking the Vital Internet Backbone of Western Countries"

The Chinese government turned to a local ISP for intelligence gathering after it signed the Obama-Xi cyberpact in late 2015, the researchers say.

NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still
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NASA's InSight Will Study Mars While Standing Still

You don't need wheels to explore Mars.

Hyundai Brings Wearable Robotics to Factories
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Hyundai Brings Wearable Robotics to Factories

The Hyundai Motor Group plans to expand the use of wearable robots at its manufacturing facilities, even as it aims to grow robotics as a source of revenue.

Bible Helps AI Gain in Translation
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Bible Helps AI Gain in Translation

Dartmouth College researchers used the Bible to improve computer-based text translation.
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