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Decoding Your Email Personality

Imagine, if you will, a young Mark Zuckerberg circa 2003, tapping out mail messages from his Harvard dorm room. It's a safe bet he never would have guessed that...

The Importance Of Analyzing Social Intelligence
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The Importance Of Analyzing Social Intelligence

Huge amounts of data emanating from Facebook, Twitter, and other social networking sites, which is known collectively as “social intelligence, ” is being gathered...

Computer Program Could 'revolutionize the World's Healthcare'
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Computer Program Could 'revolutionize the World's Healthcare'

The University of Manchester and a group of more than 25 academic institutions and industrial partners are collaborating on IT Future of Medicine, a 10-year project...

Caltech Researchers Create the First Artificial Neural Network Out of Dna
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Caltech Researchers Create the First Artificial Neural Network Out of Dna

Caltech researchers have developed an artificial neural network out of DNA, creating a circuit of interacting molecules that can recall memories based on incomplete...

Thousands of Security Cameras Capture New Yorkers Every Move Around City
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Thousands of Security Cameras Capture New Yorkers Every Move Around City

At first glance, the guy in the white polo shirt and khaki pants looks like anybody else walking down Broadway.

DARPA Seeks to Learn From Social For Warfare
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DARPA Seeks to Learn From Social For Warfare

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency has launched the Social Media in Strategic Communication program, which aims to develop...

Robots Use Kinect to Understand Our World
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Robots Use Kinect to Understand Our World

Cornell University researchers are teaching robots to understand the context of their surroundings so that they can pick out individual objects in a room. 

Discovery May Overcome Obstacle For Quantum Computing: Ubc, California Researchers
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Discovery May Overcome Obstacle For Quantum Computing: Ubc, California Researchers

Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and the University of California, Santa Barbara say they have made a major advance in predicting and eliminating...

Ibm's Watson Breaks New Ground in Artificial Intelligence
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Ibm's Watson Breaks New Ground in Artificial Intelligence

One of the major challenges that the computer science industry has been facing is the development of a machine that can answer unmodified human questions. 

Fewer Verbs and Nouns in Financial Reporting Could Predict Stock Market Bubble, Study Shows
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Fewer Verbs and Nouns in Financial Reporting Could Predict Stock Market Bubble, Study Shows

University College Dublin researchers say the stock market can be predicted by the way financial commentators describe market activity. 

Daytona Project Will Help Researchers Crunch Data
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Daytona Project Will Help Researchers Crunch Data

Microsoft's Project Daytona, which will run a broad spectrum of machine-learning algorithms on the Windows Azure application hosting system, will benefit researchers...

Imaging Technology Throws New Light on Ancient Artefacts
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Imaging Technology Throws New Light on Ancient Artefacts

Researchers at the universities of Southampton and Oxford have modifed Hewlett-Packard Research Laboratories' Reflectance Transformation Imaging system to make...

Life, Translated
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Life, Translated

The Holy Grail of language translation is to develop a machine-based system that can handle the task transparently and accurately.

A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence
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A New Benchmark For Artificial Intelligence

Computers are unable to defeat the world's best Go players, but that may change with the application of a new strategy that promises to revolutionize artificial...

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DARPA Searches For Life

There’s a hidden clock that underlies every process of every living thing—from when our cells start dividing to how quickly we age. Researchers at Darpa, the...

Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot
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Replacing Lost Abilities With a Robot

Researchers at Georgia Tech and Willow Garage have developed a special user interface that enables a mute and partially paralyzed stroke victim to control a robot...

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US to Let Everyday Drivers Test Advanced Wireless Auto Safety Technology

The U.S. Department of Transportation plans to launch a program over the next few months to test new wireless auto safety systems in the real world. 

Health Care of the Future
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Health Care of the Future

A new system developed by researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory can provide clues about...

Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide
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Buy Now or Wait For a Sale? Let the Computer Decide

Microsoft researchers have developed Prodcast, a tool that helps consumers decide whether to buy a new product now or wait for prices to fall.

Wireless Power Could Cut Cord For Patients With Implanted Heart Pumps
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Wireless Power Could Cut Cord For Patients With Implanted Heart Pumps

Researchers at the universities of Washington and Pittsburgh have developed a wireless power system for ventricular assist devices, which are implanted in people...
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