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A Programming Language For Robot Swarms
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A Programming Language For Robot Swarms

Ecole Polytechnique de Montreal researchers have developed a programming language designed to govern the movements of heterogeneous robot swarms. 

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?
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Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?

An open letter calling for a ban on lethal weapons controlled by artificially intelligent machines was signed last week by thousands of scientists and technologists...

Flying Robots That Can See
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Flying Robots That Can See

A tiny artificial eye inspired by the vision systems of insects could help small flying drones navigate their surroundings well enough to avoid collisions while...

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

Brown University researchers have developed an approach that enables robots to quickly determine the sequence of actions that will work in a particular environment...

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

The computer game Minecraft, which depicts a world made up of retro, pixelated blocks that can be modified and rearranged in endless architectural configurations...

An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.
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An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.

In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been...

Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images
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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images

Google Street View offers panoramic views of more or less any city street in much of the developed world, as well as views along countless footpaths, inside shopping...

How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet
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How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet

Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica.

The Real Software Security Problem Is ­S
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The Real Software Security Problem Is ­S

There are simple steps that can be taken to make software more secure and resilient, writes Carnegie Mellon University professor Jean Yang. 

Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes
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Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes

Understanding how the brain works—or doesn't, as the case may be—depends on deciphering the patterns of electrical signals its neurons produce.

Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read
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Google Deepmind Teaches Artificial Intelligence Machines to Read

Karl Moritz Hermann and his team at Google DeepMind say the way some news sites display articles facilitates the creation of a database computers can use to learn...

Who Will Own the Robots?
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Who Will Own the Robots?

The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."  

Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance
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Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance

A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging...

Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?
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Household Robots Are Here, but Where Are They Going?

Social robots like the quasi-anthropomorphic Jibo and Amazon's far more utilitarian Echo are beginning to find their places in our living rooms.

Is This the First Computational Imagination?
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Is This the First Computational Imagination?

Imagine an oak tree in a field of wheat, silhouetted against a cloudless blue sky on a dreamy sunny afternoon.

Machine Dreams
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Machine Dreams

To rescue its struggling business, Hewlett-Packard is making a long-shot bid to change the fundamentals of how computers work.

Microsoft’s Hololens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room
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Microsoft’s Hololens Will Put Realistic 3D People in Your Living Room

Demonstrations of augmented-reality displays typically involve tricking you into seeing animated content such as monsters and robots that aren’t really there.

Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations
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Quantum Life Spreads Entanglement Across Generations

Computer scientists have long known that evolution is an algorithmic process that has little to do with the nature of the beasts it creates.

Can We Identify Every Kind of Cell in the Body?
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Can We Identify Every Kind of Cell in the Body?

How many types of cells are there in the human body? Textbooks say a couple of hundred. But the true number is undoubtedly far larger.

Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition
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Baidu's Artificial-Intelligence Supercomputer Beats Google at Image Recognition

Chinese search giant Baidu says it has invented a powerful supercomputer that brings new muscle to an artificial-intelligence technique giving software more power...
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