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10 Microsoft Research Projects

Microsoft is supporting a host of projects in its research and development division that are focused on tackling real-world technical challenges but could haveView...

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Six Ways to Build Robots That Do Humans No Harm

A new book by Yale University ethicist Wendell Wallach and Indiana University professor Colin Allen, titled "Moral Machines: Teaching Robots Right From Wrong,"...

Professor's Work Erases Technological Barriers
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Professor's Work Erases Technological Barriers

University of Washington computer scientist Richard Ladner is working with people with disabilities to help them get more out of technology. Ladner has launched...

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Open-Source Developers Set Out Software Road Map for 2020

A group of open source software advocates have published  a report that establishes a road map for the software industry through 2020. The report makes several...

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A Human Approach to Computer Processing

University of Nottingham scientists are researching "granular computing," a computer paradigm that examines groups or sets of information, called information granules...

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Quantum Computers Could Excel in Modeling Chemical Reactions

Quantum computers could potentially improve upon the capabilities of conventional computers in modeling and predicting complex chemical reactions, according to...

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Internet2: Full Speed Ahead

The Internet2 nonprofit consortium is engaged in the development, implementation, and use of networking technologies to tap a massive volume of new URL address...

Meet Nicole, the Virtual Personal Assistant
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Meet Nicole, the Virtual Personal Assistant

Meet "Nicole."  She's a glamorous personal assistant who can help with tasks around the office, play music, turn on the lights, tell the time, read news headlines...

Reding Calls for Continued R&D Investment
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Reding Calls for Continued R&D Investment

Europe must continue to invest in ICT-related research and development during the economic downturn, European Union commissioner Viviane Reding told delegates at...

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U.S. Agency Sees Robots Replacing Humans in Service Jobs by 2025

The U.S. National Intelligence Council's (NIC's) report, "Global Trends 2025: A Transformed World," outlines the military, economic, and environmental challenges...

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Agent-Based Computer Models Could Anticipate Future Economic Crisis

The U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory is working to create new economic models that will provide more realistic pictures of different types...

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Semantic Desktop Paves the Way for the Semantic Web

The European Union-funded Nepomuk project has developed innovative software to make finding and sharing information on a computer significantly easier, potentially...

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They're Robots, but Not as We Know Them

Neural networking was the focus of the 15th International Conference on Neuro-Information Processing in Auckland. Researchers discussed how a better understanding...

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NASA Turns to Open-Source Problem-Tracking Databases

The recent launch of the Space Shuttle Endeavour will involve the first live test of new software that was designed to streamline the process of problem reporting...

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Software for Safe Bridges

Inspectors might not have to examine bridges for visible damage directly on site as a result of new software that has been developed by researchers at the Fraunhofer...

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Berkeley Lab Team Wins Special ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Algorithm Innovation

ACM's Gordon Bell Prize for special achievement in high performance computing has been won by a team of researchers from the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Lawrence...

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High Speed Broadband Will Create Energy Bottleneck and Slow Internet, Study Says

A surge in energy consumption caused by the increased adoption of broadband will continue to slow the Internet, concludes a University of Melbourne study presented...

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Multi-Core and Parallel Programming: Is the Sky Falling?

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign professor Marc Snir acknowledges that multicore parallelism is difficult, and this difficulty can give rise to divergent...

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Google Executive Urges Improvements to Technology Infrastructure

Google CEO Eric Schmidt says the U.S. federal government should invest in green technology and a national computer infrastructure to help create jobs and foster...

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Internet's Bandwidth Health Still in Trouble, Report Says

Demand for Internet bandwidth will exceed the Internet's capacity by 2012, predicts a new Nemertes Research report. Nemertes originally projected that Internet...
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