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Where Speech Recognition Is Going
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Where Speech Recognition Is Going

Until recently, the idea of holding a conversation with a computer seemed pure science fiction. If you asked a computer to "open the pod bay doors"—well, that was...

Q&A: A Sure Thing
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Q&A: A Sure Thing

Artificial intelligence pioneer Judea Pearl discusses probability, causation, the calculus of intervention, and counterfactuals.

Daniela Rus Named Csail Director
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Daniela Rus Named Csail Director

Daniela Rus, a professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, has been named the next director of MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial...

I (robot) Thee Wed
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I (robot) Thee Wed

It's hard to think of a more attention-grabbing title than "Robots, Men, and Sex Tourism"—especially in the academic world.

Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'
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Google's Sebastian Thrun: 3 Visions in the 'age of Disruption'

Today we drive cars, shell out enormous sums for higher education, and navigate the world with electronics that demand the unwavering attention of our ears, eyes...

The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning
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The Robot Revolution Is Just Beginning

When industrial robots were first introduced in the early 1960s initially on automobile assembly lines—computers were still in their infancy, so the robots were...

The Robo-Help
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The Robo-Help

I have two robots that clean the floors in my apartment: the Evolution Robotics Mint and the iRobot Roomba 530. The Mint sweeps and mops. The Roomba vacuums.

Nah, Iran Probably Didn't Hack Cia's Stealth Drone
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Nah, Iran Probably Didn't Hack Cia's Stealth Drone

Four months after capturing a crashed U.S. stealth drone near the Iran-Afghanistan border, Tehran claims it has hacked into the ‘bot’s classified mission-control...

Homeland Security's 'pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work
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Homeland Security's 'pre-Crime' Screening Will Never Work

Here is a quiz for you.

The Coming Drone Arms Race
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The Coming Drone Arms Race

Another terrorist overseas dies in a U.S. armed drone strike. This far from uncommon occurrence is an impressive reminder of the U.S. drone program’s remarkable...

Darwin's Devices
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Darwin's Devices

When I tell people that I work on "evolving robots," their common response is to joke—semi-seriously—about Skynet or some other sci-fi nightmare in which machines...

Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities
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Jeffrey Bigham: ­sing the Crowd to Help People With Disabilities

Jeffrey Bigham's research uses Web-based applications and crowdsourcing to help people with disabilities in near real-time. Is it any surprise he won a NSF Career...

Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun
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Cyber and Drone Attacks May Change Warfare More Than the Machine Gun

From state-sponsored cyberattacks to autonomous robotic weapons, 21st century war is increasingly disembodied.

A Rosie Future: Jetsons-Like Gadgets with 'ambient Intelligence' Are Key to Smart Homes and Cities
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A Rosie Future: Jetsons-Like Gadgets with 'ambient Intelligence' Are Key to Smart Homes and Cities

Fifty years after The Jetsons promised us a future of robot maids, flying cars, video phones and meals at the push of a button, it seems that reality may actually...

Kinect Lab Boss on the Future of Computer Interfaces
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Kinect Lab Boss on the Future of Computer Interfaces

Andrew Blake is managing director of Microsoft Research Cambridge, the U.K. lab responsible for the machine learning software behind Kinect.

Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?
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Was Cameron's Deep Dive as ­seless as Manned Space Flight?

Ninety-nine percent of what we know about the solar system came to us from unmanned probes.  

A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!
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A Robot Stole My Pulitzer!

Can technology be autonomous?

Can Speech-Recognition Software Work in Mandarin?
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Can Speech-Recognition Software Work in Mandarin?

In anticipation of Apple’s introduction of Siri in Chinese this year, I decided to try Dragon, a line of smartphone voice apps by Nuance Communications—the company...

We'll Someday Accept Computers as Human
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We'll Someday Accept Computers as Human

Any author or filmmaker seeking ideas for a sci-fi yarn about the implications of artificial intelligence—good or bad—would be smart to talk to Ray Kurzweil.

I Love You, Killer Robots
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I Love You, Killer Robots

It was way back in May 2010 that I first spotted the flying drones that will take over the world. They were in a video that Daniel Mellinger, one of the robots'...
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