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Robots Will Be More Useful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence
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Robots Will Be More Useful If They Are Made to Lack Confidence

Confidence in your abilities is usually a good thing—as long as you can recognise when it's time to ask for help.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare for Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare for Evil AI

Artificial intelligence—what's the worst that can happen? For Roman Yampolskiy, a computer scientist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, the sky’s the...

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code
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I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

Falmouth University professor Simon Colton works with software that behaves in ways that would be deemed creative if observed in humans. In an interview, Colton...

Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster
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Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster

Why use online games to study our responses to catastrophic events?

Forget Turing—I Want to Test Computer Creativity
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Forget Turing—I Want to Test Computer Creativity

What are the elements of the Turing test?

What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground
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What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground

Bob Fraser explains what it feels like to pilot a Jetstream airliner containing passengers on 800-kilometre trips from his desk at BAE Systems in Warton, U.K.

Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models
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Dobby, Pikachu, and Kermit Are My Robots' Role Models

Humanoid robots aren't very charismatic yet.

My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education
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My Duolingo Learning App Can Reshape Education

Duolingo users are making new courses for people who speak Asian languages like Chinese and Hindi. How does that work?

Roomba Creator: Robot Doubles Need More Charisma
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Roomba Creator: Robot Doubles Need More Charisma

Colin Angle is co-founder and CEO of iRobot in Bedford, Massachusetts.

Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life
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Lifelogging: What It's Like to Record Your Whole Life

Gordon Bell, one of the first people to chronicle his existence digitally, explains how it has changed his life and the potential pitfalls.

The Great Ideas Hiding Under the Invisibility Cloak
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The Great Ideas Hiding Under the Invisibility Cloak

Physicist John Pendry talks about the profound physics obscured by his invisibility cloak and how metamaterials could help realise the perfect lens.

My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet
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My Quantum Algorithm Won't Break the Internet… Yet

Internet security relies on the fact that our computers can't break its cryptosystems. But the quantum algorithm you devised has the potential to do just that.

Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes
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Craig Venter: Why I Put My Name in Synthetic Genomes

How has the definition of life changed during your lifetime?

NASA Is Turning Science Fiction Into Fact
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NASA Is Turning Science Fiction Into Fact

As a new moon orbiter gets set to launch, Pete Worden, director of NASA Ames, says forget the 20th—this is the real space century.

Meet the NASA Scientist Devising a Starship Warp Drive
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Meet the NASA Scientist Devising a Starship Warp Drive

The idea that nothing can exceed the speed of light limits our interstellar ambitions. How do we get round this?

Free Online MIT Courses Are An Education Revolution
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Free Online MIT Courses Are An Education Revolution

Online learning is the biggest shake-up of education since the advent of the printing press, says Anant Agarwal, an MIT computing specialist.

'We Will Be Amazed By the Diversity of Exoplanets'
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'We Will Be Amazed By the Diversity of Exoplanets'

The Kepler space telescope's search may be at an end, but Didier Queloz, who found the first world around a sunlike star, says more planet hunts are afoot.

Smartphones Can Help Us Keep Stress at Bay
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Smartphones Can Help Us Keep Stress at Bay

University of Cambridge researcher Dirk Trossen has created the AIRS app, which uses all of the sensors built into mobile devices to measure physical changes in...

Tony Fadell: From iPhones to Sexing Up Thermostats
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Tony Fadell: From iPhones to Sexing Up Thermostats

After you left Apple, you developed a "smart" thermostat. Was that always your plan?

'The Idea We Live in a Simulation Isn't Science Fiction'
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'The Idea We Live in a Simulation Isn't Science Fiction'

If the universe is just a Matrix-like simulation, how could we ever know? Physicist Silas Beane thinks he has the answer.
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