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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers
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The Rise of AI Is Forcing Google and Microsoft to Become Chipmakers

By now our future is clear: We are to be cared for, entertained, and monetized by artificial intelligence.

The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry
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The Emerging Science of Computational Psychiatry

Machine learning, data mining, and artificial intelligence are revolutionizing the study and understanding of mental illness.

Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke
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Robot Physical Therapist Helps People Walk Again After a Stroke

A new smart harness uses artificial intelligence to help people regain their mobility following certain neurological injuries.

MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable
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MIT Research Could Make Neural Networks Portable

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers are developing a neural network designed specifically to work on mobile devices.

Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality
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Mind-Reading Computer Moves Closer to Reality

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences have developed a mind-reading program that deciphers symbols that people have viewed.

Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030
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Beijing Wants AI to Be Made in China by 2030

The country laid out a development plan on Thursday to become the world leader in A.I. by 2030.

Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems
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Titan Simulations Show Importance of Close Two-Way Coupling Between Human and Earth Systems

Researchers have used supercomputers to integrate massive codes that combine physical and biological processes in the Earth system with feedback from human activity...

Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain
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Artificial Intelligence Helps Scientists Map Behavior in the Fruit Fly Brain

Scientists have used artificial intelligence technology to make 100 billion annotations of behavior from 400,000 fruit flies.

When Cars Fly
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When Cars Fly

The idea of personal air vehicles has been around for decades. Now the concept is taking off.

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions
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Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions

Researchers at Brown University have developed a system designed to help robots better follow spoken instructions.

At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers
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At Cybersecurity Camps, Teen Girls Learn About Protecting Nation, Breaking Barriers

A growing number of cybersecurity camps are helping to prepare young women to work in this field, as women remain underrepresented in the information security workforce...

The 2017 Top Programming Languages
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The 2017 Top Programming Languages

Python is now the top programming language, according to IEEE Spectrum's recently released fourth interactive ranking of the leading languages.

Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery
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Beauty Spot or Landscape Blot? Computer Trained to Judge Scenery

New software that can differentiate scenic views from blots on the landscape.

Twitter Data Changing Future of Population Research
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Twitter Data Changing Future of Population Research

Researchers have collected more than 30 terabytes of geo-tagged tweets as part of a project they say could change the landscape of population research.

Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior
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Machines Will Soon Be Able to Imitate Human Moral Behavior

A recent study highlights the feasibility of incorporating human moral decision-making into machines.

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?
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How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?

Algorithms can dictate whether you get a mortgage or how much you pay for insurance. But sometimes they're wrong – and sometimes they are designed to deceive.

Drones Get to Grips With Planning the Delivery of Goods
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Drones Get to Grips With Planning the Delivery of Goods

Researchers at the University of Klagenfurt in Austria are developing a system in which customers order products that can be delivered via drones.

Wheelchairs Get Robotic Retrofit to Become Self-Driving
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Wheelchairs Get Robotic Retrofit to Become Self-Driving

Researchers have used sensors and artificial intelligence to create self-driving electric wheelchairs.

After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition
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After Visa Delays, Afghan Girls' Robotics Team Arrives in D.C. for Global Competition

U.S. President Donald J. Trump had to intervene to allow a team of teenage Afghani girls trying to enter the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge to enter the U.S.

Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat
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Elon Musk Lays Out Worst-Case Scenario for AI Threat

Powerful technology will threaten all human jobs, could even spark a war, Tesla CEO says.
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