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Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google?
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Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about internal tests of a censored search engine designed to win approval from Chinese officials....

Researchers Unveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery
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Researchers Unveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery

A new artificial intelligence system uses patient data to predict whether patients are at risk of abnormally low blood oxygen (hypoxia) during surgery.

3D Printers Have Fingerprints, a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns, Counterfeit Goods
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3D Printers Have Fingerprints, a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns, Counterfeit Goods

University at Buffalo researchers have outlined the first accurate technique for tracing a three-dimensionally printed object to the machine that produced it.

Using Smartphone Cameras to Track Alertness
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Using Smartphone Cameras to Track Alertness

A new tool tracks alertness by measuring pupil size, captured through a burst of photos taken whenever a user unlocks their smartphone.

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up
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Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

High-Performance Flexible Transparent Force Touch Sensor for Wearable Devices
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High-Performance Flexible Transparent Force Touch Sensor for Wearable Devices

A new flexible transparent hierarchical nanocomposite film can be used to create a high-performance, transparent nanoforce touch sensor for wearable computing devices...

Stringent Password Policies Help Prevent Fraud, IU Study Finds
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Stringent Password Policies Help Prevent Fraud, IU Study Finds

Researchers have found that requiring longer, more complicated passwords lowers the likelihood of password reuse on multiple websites.

Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans
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Watching YouTube Videos May Someday Let Robots Copy Humans

Researchers have trained a neural network to reconstruct human acrobatics in YouTube video clips and manipulate a simulated humanoid to ape those movements.

Neural Networks Don't Understand What Optical Illusions Are
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Neural Networks Don't Understand What Optical Illusions Are

Researchers have found that machine vision systems cannot process optical illusions in the same way humans can.

Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities
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Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities

Google is preparing a November release of its DeepMind unit's StreetLearn dataset for training machine learning models to navigate cities without a map.

Learning to Use Data Better
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Learning to Use Data Better

Using artificial intelligence to process medical sensor data can have great impact on health-related costs and outcomes.  

We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our Utilities
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We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our Utilities

It's time we come up with a strategy to defend our nation from potentially crippling cyberattacks that would put states at the forefront of the fight.

Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse
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Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse

Writer Bruce Schneier is a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source
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Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source

Apart from older Linux Kernel and Android patents, Microsoft's patent library includes upcoming technologies like LF Energy and HyperLedger.

The Pentagon's Push to Program Soldiers' Brains
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The Pentagon's Push to Program Soldiers' Brains

The military wants future super-soldiers to control robots with their thoughts.

The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas
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The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotels are experimenting with robots and other automation.

New Technology Allows Spinal Cord Patients to Drive a NASCAR Race Car
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New Technology Allows Spinal Cord Patients to Drive a NASCAR Race Car

Mechanics and electronics specialists collaborated to develop an adaptive auto that can be driven by quadriplegics.

Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award
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Mars Virtual Reality Software Wins NASA Award

A mixed-reality software that allows scientists and engineers to virtually walk on Mars recently received NASA's 2018 Software of the Year Award.

The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans
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The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans

Philip K. Dick was living a few miles north of San Francisco when he wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which envisioned a world where artificially intelligent...
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