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Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You
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Your Broadband Provider Can Use Your Smart Devices to Spy on You

How much of your privacy would you trade for a smarter home? Internet service providers (ISPs) can peek at the internet-connected devices people use in their own...

Even Artificial Neural Networks Can Have Exploitable 'Backdoors'
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Even Artificial Neural Networks Can Have Exploitable 'Backdoors'

Early in August, NYU professor Siddharth Garg checked for traffic, and put a yellow Post-it onto a stop sign outside the Brooklyn building in which he works.

Cryptographers and Geneticists Unite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See
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Cryptographers and Geneticists Unite to Analyze Genomes They Can't See

Stanford University cryptographer Dan Boneh and geneticist Gill Bejerano have developed a secure multiparty computation algorithm to discover disease-linked genetic...

Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too
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Teaching Robots to Learn Teaches the Students Too

Researchers have developed a way for high school students and first-year engineering students to learn robot intelligence technologies.

Researchers Built an Invisible Backdoor to Hack AI's Decisions
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Researchers Built an Invisible Backdoor to Hack AI's Decisions

Researchers demonstrated a cyberattack against artificial intelligence that controls driverless cars and image-recognition systems by installing an invisible backdoor...

Revolutionary Approach Brings 3D Sound Into the Living Room
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Revolutionary Approach Brings 3D Sound Into the Living Room

Researchers have developed the Media Device Orchestration concept, which helps create a three-dimensional audio experience using common home devices.

Breakthrough Could Make Quantum Data Transmission a Reality
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Breakthrough Could Make Quantum Data Transmission a Reality

Researchers have relayed a quantum-secured message containing multiple bits of information for each photon through the air above a city.

Collection of Letters by Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet
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Collection of Letters by Codebreaker Alan Turing Found in Filing Cabinet

The correspondence, dating from 1949 to 1954, was found by an academic in a storeroom at the University of Manchester.

For Astronomers, a Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse the Eclipse
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For Astronomers, a Neutron Star Merger Could Eclipse the Eclipse

Late last week, as some staff astronomers embarked on trips to see Monday's solar eclipse, two of NASA's space-based observatories—Hubble and Chandra X-ray—and...

How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts
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How Machine Learning Could Help to Improve Climate Forecasts

As Earth-observing satellites become more plentiful and climate models more powerful, researchers who study global warming are facing a deluge of data.

World's First Exascale Supercomputer Will Help Boost China's Growing Sea Power
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World's First Exascale Supercomputer Will Help Boost China's Growing Sea Power

China is planning to boost its computing power tenfold within a couple of years by building the world's first exascale computer with a dedicated mission of helping...

Major Leap Towards Storing Data at the Molecular Level
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Major Leap Towards Storing Data at the Molecular Level

Researchers at the University of Manchester proved that data storage is possible in individual molecules at -213 degrees Celsius, which is extremely close to the...

Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers
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Why AI Visionary Andrew Ng Teaches Humans to Teach Computers

Stanford University professor Andrew Ng's current area of concentration is teaching next-generation artificial intelligence specialists to train computers.

NSF Announces $17.7M in Awards for Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects
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NSF Announces $17.7M in Awards for Cross-Disciplinary Data Sciences Projects

The U.S. National Science Foundation will allocate $17.7 million to fund 12 Transdisciplinary Research in Principles of Data Science projects that support research...

Secret Chips in Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security
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Secret Chips in Replacement Parts Can Completely Hijack Your Phone's Security

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev in Israel warn smartphone security can be compromised by repair shops that install replacement parts containing...

With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings
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With the USS McCain Collision, Even Navy Tech Can't Overcome Human Shortcomings

In the darkness of early morning on August 21, the guided-missile destroyer USS John S. McCain collided with a tanker in the Strait of Malacca off Singapore.

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google
From ACM Opinion

Blossom: A Handmade Approach to Social Robotics from Cornell and Google

As excited as we are about the forthcoming generation of social home robots (including Jibo, Kuri, and many others), it's hard to ignore the fact that most of them...

Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants
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Ultra-Small Antennas Point Way to Miniature Brain Implants

Metal antennas that send and receive TV signals and radio waves could soon be replaced by tiny films up to one hundred times smaller, scientists say.

A Good Read: AI Evaluates Quality of Short Stories
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A Good Read: AI Evaluates Quality of Short Stories

Researchers say they have developed neural networks that assess short narratives to predict which stories will appeal to large audiences.

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft Claims New Speech Recognition Record, Achieving a Superhuman 5.1% Error Rate

Microsoft's Artificial Intelligence and Research Group says it has achieved a 5.1%  error rate for its speech-recognition technology.
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