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Deepmind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World
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Deepmind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

Google's DeepMind has developed a neural network that gives computers the ability to understand how different objects are related to each other.

Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain
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Chatbots Learn How to Negotiate and Drive a Hard Bargain

What's in it for me?

Smart Jacket and Vr Headset Let You Pilot a Drone With Your Body
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Smart Jacket and Vr Headset Let You Pilot a Drone With Your Body

Researchers say they have created a virtual reality headset and jacket system that enables operators to control a drone using only their body movement.

Deepmind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World
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Deepmind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

The world is a confusing place, especially for an AI.

Robot Dog Has an Artificial Woof That Sounds Like the Real Thing
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Robot Dog Has an Artificial Woof That Sounds Like the Real Thing

Researchers say they have developed a vocalization synthesizer that generates biologically fitting sounds for land mammals of any size.

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

University of California, Berkeley researchers are developing an artificial intelligence system that seeks and accepts human oversight.

Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro
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Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a robotic dance instructor.

Nanofridge Could Keep Quantum Computers Cool Enough to Calculate
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Nanofridge Could Keep Quantum Computers Cool Enough to Calculate

Researchers have conceived of a nanoscale refrigerator to maintain temperatures cold enough to keep qubits functioning in a quantum computer.

Inquisitive Bot Asks Questions to Test Your ­Understanding
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Inquisitive Bot Asks Questions to Test Your ­Understanding

Researchers say they have developed an artificial intelligence system that has learned to ask questions of its own.

Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti
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Deep Learning Tells Giraffes From Gazelles in the Serengeti

Researchers used a database of 3.2 million photos to train a deep-learning system to distinguish between 48 animal species.

New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D
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New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D

The progress made in training algorithms to recognize images via the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge has prompted its 2018 replacement with the...

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

Researchers are working to help computers understand human behavior by feeding them videos and images of computer-generated bodies in motion

Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act
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Synthetic Humans Help Computers Understand How Real People Act

We are difficult for computers to understand.

Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water
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Virtual Lemonade Sends Color and Taste to a Glass of Water

Researchers say they have developed a system that can digitally transmit the color and sourness of a glass of lemonade to a tumbler of water.

Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time
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Atomic Clocks Make Best Measurement Yet of Relativity of Time

Our most accurate clocks are probing a key tenet of Einstein's theory of relativity: the idea that time isn't absolute.

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet
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Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.

First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing
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First Hint of How Dna Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even ...

AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game
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AI Beats Professional Players at Super Smash Bros. Video Game

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to play Nintendo's "Super Smash Bros. Melee" using deep-learning algorithms, and then challenged and defeated...

AI Learns to Write Its Own Code By Stealing from Other Programs
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AI Learns to Write Its Own Code By Stealing from Other Programs

Out of the way, human, I've got this covered.

Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours
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Tiny 3D-Printed Camera Lens Could Give Drones Vision Like Ours

Researchers at the University of Stuttgart in Germany have created a camera that combines four three-dimensionally-printed lenses to mimic natural vision.
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