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Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WSU Researchers
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Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WSU Researchers

Washington State University researchers have found previously undetected vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips.

The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer
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The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer

Miquela Sousa is a computer-generated character developed as a social media personality that can evolve with the times without aging.

Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze
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Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze

Researchers used state-of-the-art supercomputers to examine how turbulence in the atmosphere plays out over long periods of time

'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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

New Technology Helps the Visually Impaired Reach for the Stars
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New Technology Helps the Visually Impaired Reach for the Stars

Researchers have developed an app that helps the visually impaired navigate the stars and planets in the solar system.  

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...

NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds
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NASA InSight Lander 'Hears' Martian Winds

NASA's Interior Exploration using Seismic Investigations, Geodesy and Heat Transport InSight lander, which touched down on Mars just 10 days ago, has provided the...

New Attack Could Make Website Security Captchas Obsolete
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New Attack Could Make Website Security Captchas Obsolete

Researchers have demonstrated a deep learning algorithm that could render captcha security and authentication redundant.

Teachers Say There's a Disconnect in Computer Science Education
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Teachers Say There's a Disconnect in Computer Science Education

Eighty-eight percent of surveyed K-12 teachers said computer science is critical for students' career success, while two in 10 said their students are not taught...

Walmart Leads the Way...in Floor Scrubbing Robots?
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Walmart Leads the Way...in Floor Scrubbing Robots?

By the end of next month, Walmart will deploy floor-scrubbing robots in its stores.
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