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June 2017


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Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette

Government Researchers Hope to Teach New Robots Some of the Old Tricks of Etiquette

Researchers are working to enable robots to learn human etiquette.


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Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Smart Doll Fitted With AI Chip Can Read Your Child's Emotions

Researchers have developed a doll equipped that can run artificially intelligent algorithms, and have programmed it to recognize emotions in facial images.


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How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab For Cyberwar

How an Entire Nation Became Russia's Test Lab For Cyberwar

The clocks read zero when the lights went out.


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New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists

New Database Allows Stanford Researchers to Find Disparities in Officers' Treatment of Minority Motorists

Researchers at Stanford University have created a national database comprised of data on state patrol stops to uncover evidence of a double standard applied to minority motorists.


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From Drinking Straws to Robots

From Drinking Straws to Robots

Researchers at Harvard University have created a type of semi-soft robot that can stand and walk, and a different robotic water strider that can push itself along a liquid surface.


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'internet of Ships' Tells Tale of ­ss Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

'internet of Ships' Tells Tale of ­ss Fitzgerald Tragedy, Or Half of It

On early Saturday morning off the coast of Japan, the Philippines-flagged cargo container carrierACX Crystal struck the USS Fitzgerald (DDG-62) on its starboard (right) side, crushing the part of the Fitzgerald's superstructure…


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AI For the Common Good

AI For the Common Good

Considering guiding principles for artificial intelligence with regard to privacy and security.


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Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter

Bots and Trolls Are Swaying Opinions on Facebook, Twitter

A new study shows bots and trolls are using the biggest social media sites to manipulate your views.


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Deepmind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler

Deepmind Now Learns from Human Preferences, Just Like a Toddler

AI systems continue to get increasingly powerful, but still need far too much hand-holding by their human masters. New research from DeepMind and OpenAI suggests a mere nudge here and there at the outset can be enough to help…


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World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

World's Most Powerful Particle Collider Taps AI to Expose Hack Attacks

Thousands of scientists worldwide tap into CERN's computer networks each day in their quest to better understand the fundamental structure of the universe.


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Nasa Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

Nasa Releases Kepler Survey Catalog with Hundreds of New Planet Candidates

NASA's Kepler space telescope team has released a mission catalog of planet candidates that introduces 219 new candidates, 10 of which are near-Earth size and orbiting in their star's habitable zone, which is the range of distance…


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Three Icpc Finalists and the Tech Gender Gap

Three Icpc Finalists and the Tech Gender Gap

Three female participants of the 2017 ACM International Collegiate Programming Contest World Finals consider their role in the contest, and in computer science.


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Facebook Teaches Bots How to Negotiate. They Learn to Lie Instead

Facebook Teaches Bots How to Negotiate. They Learn to Lie Instead

Newly released code purportedly will enable bots to negotiate.


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Cars Could Soon Negotiate Smart Intersections Without Ever Having to Stop

Cars Could Soon Negotiate Smart Intersections Without Ever Having to Stop

Researchers have developed a model of a system in which smart cars do not have to stop at red lights at intersections.


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New Prospects For ­niversal Memory

New Prospects For ­niversal Memory

Researchers have found a way to control the oxygen concentration in tantalum oxide films produced by atomic layer deposition.


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How to Build Software For a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World

How to Build Software For a Computer 50 Times Faster Than Anything in the World

Argonne National Laboratory scientists aim to produce exascale-enabled software by surmounting problems in memory, power, and computational resources.


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Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns

Data-Mining 100 Million Instagram Photos Reveals Global Clothing Patterns

Researchers applied data-mining technology to determine the global variance of clothing styles from 100 million Instagram photos taken in 44 cities.


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Top500: ­.s. Knocked Out of 'top Three Most Powerful' List

Top500: ­.s. Knocked Out of 'top Three Most Powerful' List

The U.S. is no longer among the top three in the Top500's latest ranking of the world's fastest supercomputers.


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How Quantum Physics Will Change Cybersecurity

How Quantum Physics Will Change Cybersecurity

Quantum physics is an often mind-boggling branch of science filled with strange behavior and bizarre implications.


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Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 Ncwit Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

Jennifer Rexford Announced as the 2017 Ncwit Harrold and Notkin Award Recipient

The award recognizes faculty members from non-profit institutions who distinguish themselves with outstanding research and excellent graduate mentoring.


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­S Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing

­S Gov’t Taps The Machine to Beat China to Exascale Supercomputing

With China threatening to build the world's first exascale supercomputer before the US, the US Department of Energy has awarded a research grant to Hewlett Packard Enterprise to develop an exascale supercomputer reference design…


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Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Envisioning the Car of the Future as a Living Room on Wheels

Swiveling seats? Movies projected across the windshield? Social media feeds on the windows?


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Russian Researchers Developed a Reliable Forward Error Correction Method For Digital Data

Russian Researchers Developed a Reliable Forward Error Correction Method For Digital Data

Researchers at Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic University have proposed a new channel coding method for the fifth generation of wireless systems.


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Face Recognition System 'k-Eye' Presented By Kaist

Face Recognition System 'k-Eye' Presented By Kaist

Researchers have developed a semiconductor chip that runs artificial intelligence algorithms using ultra-low power.


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Github Survey: Open Source Is Popular, Plagued By Poor Docs and Rude People

Github Survey: Open Source Is Popular, Plagued By Poor Docs and Rude People

A new GitHub survey found open source development's popularity is tempered by poor documentation and provocation, mainly rudeness, among developers.


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Agencies 'flying Blind' Without More Data

Agencies 'flying Blind' Without More Data

U.S. government agencies require better tools and datasets to assess how artificial intelligence and other emerging technologies will impact the private-sector workforce.


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­ta-Led Interdisciplinary Team to Construct Computer Program to Identify Fake News

­ta-Led Interdisciplinary Team to Construct Computer Program to Identify Fake News

Researchers say they are developing computer tools to detect social bots within the World Wide Web that create and spread fake news.


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China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to ­ltrasecure Communications

China's Quantum Satellite Clears Major Hurdle on Way to ­ltrasecure Communications

Just months into its mission, the world's first quantum-communications satellite has achieved one of its most ambitious goals.


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An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

An Artificial Intelligence Developed Its Own Non-Human Language

A buried line in a new Facebook report about chatbots' conversations with one another offers a remarkable glimpse at the future of language.


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The Pentagon Looks to Videogames For the Future of War

The Pentagon Looks to Videogames For the Future of War

The first real computer, the ENIAC, was built in 1946. The first computer war game appeared two years later.