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Software engineer Makinde Adeagbo officially launched the /dev/color nonprofit last week to address the scarcity of African-Americans in the technology industry.
The dream of full automation is outdated and does not lead to the best outcomes, according to Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor David Mindell.
Machine-learning algorithms underlying Amazon and Netflix recommendation engines might one day have a transformative effect on humanity.
Late last week, the privacy community scored a victory in a year-long battle over the future of encryption: In internal discussions, the White House quietly overruled law enforcement and intelligence officials, deciding that…
University of Lincoln researchers have found humans have more successful interactions with robots when they exhibit some of the same foibles as humans.
A National Security Agency memo that recently resurfaced a few years after it was first published contains a detailed analysis of what very possibly was the world's first keylogger—a 1970s bug that Soviet spies implanted in US…
Our brains are wired in such distinctive ways that an individual can be identified on the basis of brain-scan images alone, neuroscientists report.
A federal judge in New York is seeking to expand to the courts the hot debate over whether tech companies should be forced to find ways to unlock encrypted smartphones and other devices for law enforcement.
The U.S. National Science Foundation has awarded $74.5 million in research grants through its Secure and Trustworthy Cyberspace program.
A controversial European neuroscience project that aims to simulate the human brain in a supercomputer has published its first major result: a digital imitation of circuitry in a sandgrain-sized chunk of rat brain.
Florida Atlantic University researchers have developed a robotic finger.
Researchers at the University of California, Davis and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology have made magnetic skyrmions at room temperature.
Using large data sets and machine learning to recognize unseen patterns.
Where you go, what you buy, who you know, how many points are on your driving licence, how your pupils rate you.
Augmented or mixed reality, which renders virtual images in a view of the real world, can be spectacular to experience. But it may be even more fun when you bring a friend.
On Tuesday, when Max Schrems won a landmark privacy case in the European Court of Justice, Edward Snowden told him on Twitter that he had "changed the world for the better."
A new study from the team behind NASA's Mars Science Laboratory/Curiosity has confirmed that Mars was once, billions of years ago, capable of storing water in lakes over an extended period of time.
Researchers have used telematics technology, used in developing space-robot communications, to develop a data communications system for connected vehicles.
Researchers from institutions around the world disclosed on Thursday the successful digital reconstruction of a section of a rat brain.
Researchers from Taiwan and the University of Rochester have developed algorithms that enable a computer to identify fashion trends.
Washington State University's Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems develops smart home technology to help older people live with greater independence.
Researchers have used the Japanese tree frog's mating rituals to develop new computational algorithms.
Stanford University professor Chris Gerdes is exploring the issue of programming the computer systems of automated cars with ethical decision-making.
When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, he's not talking about someone who arranges his record collection by color, size, and name.
U.S. businesses from online coupon company RetailMeNot Inc to security software company Symantec Corp said a European change to rules governing transatlantic personal data transfers would hurt U.S. companies and called for a…
The first color images of Pluto's atmospheric hazes, returned by NASA's New Horizons spacecraft last week, reveal that the hazes are blue.
Building on years of research, 82 researchers from institutions around the world reported on Thursday that they have built a reconstruction of a section of rat brain in a computer.
One person in a social cluster on Facebook can spread information to others just as effectively as an opinion leader, according to researchers at Chapman University.
Artificial intelligence is already making its way into practical industrial and commercial systems, observes a Carnegie Mellon University researcher.
Researchers at the University of Southern California and Yahoo! Labs found email responses depend on a variety of factors, including age, platform, volume, and timing.