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DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own
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DeepMind's Founder Says to Build Better Computer Brains, We Need to Look at Our Own

After decades in the wilderness, AI has swaggered back onto center stage.

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency
From ACM TechNews

New Algorithm, Metrics Improve Autonomous Underwater Vehicles' Energy Efficiency

Researchers have built a framework for autonomous underwater vehicles that enables the machines to plan energy-efficient trajectories.

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

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...

Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid
From ACM TechNews

Hybrid Approach Optimizes Grid

Researchers at Lehigh University's Optimization and Machine Learning research group and IBM Research have made progress in solving optimal smart grid power flow...

NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object
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NASA Catches Glimpse of Ancient and Elusive Object

NASA just caught a glimpse of the mysterious and elusive object that its New Horizons spacecraft will visit next.

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions
From ACM TechNews

Research Makes Robots Better at Following Spoken Instructions

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

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics
From ACM News

The Strange Topology That Is Reshaping Physics

Charles Kane never thought he would be cavorting with topologists. "I don't think like a mathematician," admits Kane, a theoretical physicist who has tended to...

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons
From ACM News

DARPA Wants Brain Implants That Record From 1 Million Neurons

DARPA is known for issuing big challenges. Still, the mission statement for its new Neural Engineering Systems Design program is a doozy: Make neural implants that...

Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding
From ACM TechNews

Fused Imaging Reveals Sixth-Century Writing Hidden Inside Bookbinding

Northwestern University researchers say they have developed a new, non-destructive technology that reveals medieval texts hidden inside of ancient bookbindings....

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes
From ACM TechNews

Automated Security Kiosk Could Alleviate Travel, Border Woes

Nathan Twyman at the Missouri University of Science and Technology has created an automated screening kiosk to enhance safety at airports and border crossings. ...

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance
From ACM News

How The Military Is Altering the Limits of Human Performance

Imagine a group of volunteers, their chests rigged with biophysical sensors, preparing for a mission in a military office building outfitted with cameras and microphones...

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades
From ACM News

Satellite Snafu Masked True Sea-Level Rise for Decades

The numbers didn't add up. Even as Earth grew warmer and glaciers and ice sheets thawed, decades of satellite data seemed to show that the rate of sea-level rise...

Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes
From ACM TechNews

Detecting Long-Term Concussion in Athletes

Researchers recently conducted a study examining the brains of athletes who had suffered concussions, and comparing them to athletes who had not suffered concussions...

Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars
From ACM TechNews

Code @ TACC Robotics Camp Delivers on Self-Driving Cars

The Texas Advanced Computing Center last month hosted a week-long summer camp during which 34 students received instruction from five staff scientists and two guest...

Twitter Data Changing Future of Population Research
From ACM TechNews

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.

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms
From ACM News

Pocket Brains: Neuromorphic Hardware Arrives for Our Brain-Inspired Algorithms

As the world's great companies pursue autonomous cars, they're essentially spending billions of dollars to get machines to do what your average two-year-old can...

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test
From ACM News

AI Coach Will Train Hopeless Chatbots to Pass the Turing Test

"I can't define obscenity, but I know it when I see it." US Justice Potter Stewart's famous turn of phrase could also be an apt description of the Turing test,...

Technology That Could Revolutionize Banking
From ACM News

Technology That Could Revolutionize Banking

The Ripple cryptocurrency is being used by global banks to speed cross-border payments.

How Can We Stop Algorithms Telling Lies?
From ACM News

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.

The Search for the Solar System's Most Likely Place for Life
From ACM News

The Search for the Solar System's Most Likely Place for Life

Chris McKay has fallen out of love with Mars. The red, dusty, corroded world no longer holds the allure it once did.
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