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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games
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'Superhuman' AI Triumphs Playing the Toughest Board Games

DeepMind's self-learning AlphaZero algorithm has demonstrated superhuman success at complex board games including chess, shogi, and go.

NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie
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NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie

NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie—a mosaic made up of 11 images.

Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat...

Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen
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Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen

Researchers in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can predict "pump-and-dump" cryptocurrency scams prior to their occurrence.

AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay
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AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay

Companies are turning to services that use artificial intelligence to vet potential hires amid a tight labor market.

Researchers Use Computer Model to Predict Prostate Cancer Progression
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Researchers Use Computer Model to Predict Prostate Cancer Progression

Researchers from Denmark and Germany trained a computer model on prostate cancer patient data to predict disease progression.

IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human
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IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human

Roboticists at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are teaching Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot Atlas a more natural walking gait.

Supercomputers Without Waste Heat
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Supercomputers Without Waste Heat

A team of researchers has demonstrated that lossless electrical transfer of magnetically encoded information is possible.

Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit
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Finding Alien Life May Require Giant Telescopes Built in Orbit

After snapping the final piece into place with a satisfying "click" she feels through her spacesuit gloves, the astronaut pauses to appreciate the view.

This Plant Is Driving Its Own Robot
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This Plant Is Driving Its Own Robot

Elowan is a mobile cybernetic plant with a robotic base.

Xiaomi's AI Restores Details, Enhances Colors in Poorly Exposed Photos
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Xiaomi's AI Restores Details, Enhances Colors in Poorly Exposed Photos

Researchers at Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi have devised an artificial intelligence system that corrects details and colors in poorly exposed photos.

Purdue Researchers Devise 3D Printer That Can Make Energetic Materials Safer
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Purdue Researchers Devise 3D Printer That Can Make Energetic Materials Safer

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing technique that fabricates energetic materials with fine geometric features faster and at less cost than...

Smarter Voice Assistants Recognize Your Favorite Brands—and Health
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Smarter Voice Assistants Recognize Your Favorite Brands—and Health

People often surrender their data privacy to their continuously listening voice assistants without understanding the implications.

Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI
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Top Computer Scientists Form European Lab Devoted to AI

Prominent computer scientists have formed a coalition to establish a pan-European laboratory concentrating on artificial intelligence.

Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor
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Evelyn Berezin, 93, Dies; Built the First True Word Processor

Berezin built and marketed the first computerized word processor.

Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space
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NASA's Voyager 2 Probe Enters Interstellar Space

For the second time in history, a human-made object has reached the space between the stars. NASA's Voyager 2 probe now has exited the heliosphere, the protective...

The U.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing
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The U.S. National Academies Reports on the Prospects for Quantum Computing

A task force evaluated the feasibility of developing a functional quantum computer, emphasizing "the time and resources required, and how to assess the probability...

Using Drones to Simplify Film Animation
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Using Drones to Simplify Film Animation

Researchers are using drones to streamline the production of realistic animated figures.

The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds
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The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds

A restaurant in San Francisco employs two robots to prepare gourmet burgers for diners.
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