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AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'
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AI-Generated Map Predicts Who Will Die Next in 'Game of Thrones'

A new machine-learning algorithm can predict which characters on "Game of Thrones" will die next.

The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube
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The Algorithm That Makes Preschoolers Obsessed With YouTube

Toddlers crave power. Too bad for them, they have none. Hence the tantrums and absurd demands.

Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies
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Neural Nets Model Audience Reactions to Movies

Disney researchers applied deep-learning neural networks to develop a new way of evaluating movie audiences' reactions using facial expressions.

A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside
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A New System to Estimate the Duration of a Walk in the Countryside

Researchers at the University of Seville have developed a system to estimate the time that it takes to complete a walk in the countryside. A system algorithm uses...

Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick
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Here's a Peek at the iPhone's Next Big Trick

We've all heard about the promise of augmented reality coming to the iPhone. With iOS 11 due later this year, Apple is releasing ARKit–a software that allows developers...

Artificial Musician Builds New Melodies Without Music Theory
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Artificial Musician Builds New Melodies Without Music Theory

A new deep-learning algorithm can generate melodies that imitate a given style of music.

How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car
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How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car

Self-driving cars. They're the future of transportation—and they're getting smarter all the time.

Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art
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Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art

Researchers have modified a generative adversarial network to create an artificial intelligence program that produces images in unconventional styles.

Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave
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Artificial Intelligence Poised to Ride a New Wave

Flush with recent successes, and pushed by even newer technology, AI systems could get much smarter.

How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life
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How Scratch and Minecraft Developers Hope to Keep Kids Coding for Life

Researchers at MIT's Media Lab aim to nurture a lifelong enthusiasm for programming among young students, using the Scratch learn-to-code platform. 

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels
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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?

The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks
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The 'Time Machine' Reconstructing Ancient Venice's Social Networks

Only metres away from the tourist throngs that bustle through Venice's crowded piazzas, the silence inside Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari is so profound it hurts...

The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas
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The Internet Is Where We Share, and Steal, the Best Ideas

In April, a photograph of Rihanna and Lupita Nyong'o taken at a Miu Miu fashion show three years ago began recirculating online.

Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro
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Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a robotic dance instructor.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI
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Google's AlphaGo Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win for AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game
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Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.

Cinematography on the Fly
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Cinematography on the Fly

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.

Disney Research Transforms Movie-Quality Animations for Interactive Viewing
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Disney Research Transforms Movie-Quality Animations for Interactive Viewing

Disney researchers say they have developed a process that transforms high-resolution animated content into a novel video format to enable immersive viewing.

The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!
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The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!

If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets...
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