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End of the Checkout Line: The Looming Crisis for American Cashiers

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 17:18

The day before a fully automated grocery store opened its doors in 1939, the inventor Clarence Saunders took out a full page advertisement in the Memphis Press-Scimitar warning "old duds" with "cobwebby brains" to keep away.

Tracing the Sources of Today's Russian Cyberthreat

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 14:34

Beyond carrying all of our phone, text and internet communications, cyberspace is an active battleground, with cybercriminals, government agents and even military personnel probing weaknesses in corporate, national and even personal online defenses.

Google's New AI Learns by Baking Tasty Machine Learning Cookies

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:40

Google Vizier is an artificial intelligence system that automatically tunes other artificial intelligence programs.

Spotting a Social Bot Might Be Harder Than You Think

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:40

Although savvy Internet users might think they can easily identify a social media bot, there are tricks a "bot army master" can use to make the accounts seem more human-like.

AI Programs Are Learning to Exclude Some African-American Voices

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:40

Researchers warn some artificial intelligence programs are inheriting biases against certain dialects, which could lead to automatic discrimination as language-based AI systems proliferate.

Smart Computers

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:40

Researchers at the University of Freiburg's excellence cluster BrainLinks-BrainTools in Germany are showing how ideas from computer science could revolutionize brain research.

Follow the Bitcoin to Find Victims of Human Trafficking

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 12:40

Researchers say they have developed the first automated techniques to identify ads potentially tied to human trafficking rings and link them to public information from Bitcoin.

Inside the Fighter Jet of the Future Where AI Is the Pilot 

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:49

I'm in the cockpit of a Typhoon fighter jet. It's an overwhelming sea of buttons, twiddly knobs and square screens displaying various diagrams and measurements.

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA's Voyager Probes Across the Universe

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 10:31

In the early spring of 1977, Larry Zottarelli, a 40-year-old computer engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, set out for Cape Canaveral, Fla., in his Toyota Corolla.

Killer Robots: World’s Top AI and Robotics Companies Urge United Nations to Ban Lethal Autonomous Weapons

Mon, 08/21/2017 - 09:03

An open letter by leaders of leading robotics and artificial intelligence companies is released as the United Nations delays meeting to discuss the robot arms race.

E-ZPass Could Kickstart Smart Cities

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 18:47

Everyone likes the idea of a smart city. Traffic lights would automatically adjust to optimize traffic flow, you could find parking spaces without circling for hours, and enforcing speed limits wouldn't require a cop on every corner.

The Origin of Complex Life on Earth Just Got a Little Less Mysterious

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 15:58

Life on Earth goes back at least two billion years, but it was only in the last half-billion that it would have been visible to the naked eye.

Computers Will Stitch Together First-Ever Megamovie of Solar Eclipse

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

Researchers are working on the "Eclipse Megamovie" project, in which volunteers take photos of the solar eclipse's path across the U.S. and upload the images to the Megamovie website.

Microsoft Develops Tool to Repair Code

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at Microsoft, Peking University, and the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China have developed the Accurate Condition System, which automatically repairs defects in software systems. 

Quantum Internet Is 13 Years Away. Wait, What's Quantum Internet?

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

Although some scientists expect a "quantum Internet" to exist in 13 years, its exact function remains vague due to the nascent stage of the technology. 

AP Computer Science Draws in More Girls, Minorities

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

More young women took an Advanced Placement computer science exam in 2016 than in 2007 through 2013 combined, mainly because of the College Board's new AP CS Principles course.

HPE and NASA Experiment With a Supercomputer That Could Help Us Get to Mars

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

Hewlett Packard Enterprise and NASA announced a year-long joint experiment in which a "Spaceborne Computer" will be set up at the International Space Station, with a goal of eventually sending a manned mission to Mars. 

Computer Scientists Use Music to Covertly Track Body Movements, Activity

Fri, 08/18/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the University of Washington have demonstrated the use of smart devices as surveillance tools to track a user's position, body movements, and activity. 

NASA's Voyager Missions Could Guide Aliens to Earth

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 18:55

The 40th anniversary of the launch of two of NASA's most remarkable spacecraft is fast approaching.

Tripping the Light Fantastic

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 16:12

A team of researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology has developed a prototype chip that uses light rather than electrons to crunch data.