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How AI Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:00

Innovators are using deep neural networks to train machines to produce artwork by analyzing massive datasets. Google researcher Douglas Eck envisions artificial intelligence as a tool that artists can use to explore new modes of creation. 

Scientists Automate Key Step in Forensic Fingerprint Analysis

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Michigan State University and the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology have developed an algorithm that automates the fingerprint-analysis process. 

WSU Researchers Receive $2.3M to Improve U.S. Power Grid Design

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Washington State University recently received a $2.3-million U.S. Department of Energy grant to more efficiently distribute power and better manage outages for the U.S. power grid. 

How Secure Are Your Messages?

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Brigham Young University have found most users of Facebook Messenger, What'sApp, and the Viber messaging apps leave themselves open to fraud or other hacks because they are unaware of or are not using the right security tools.

China Launches Brain-Imaging Factory

Thu, 08/17/2017 - 10:22

Neuroscientists who painstakingly map the twists and turns of neural circuitry through the brain are about to see their field expand to an industrial scale. 

The Imperfect Crime: How the WannaCry Hackers Could Get Nabbed

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 16:35

When hackers unleashed the WannaCry "ransomware" in mid-May, not only did they wreak havoc on European hospitals, telecoms and railways, they also made off with a profit.

I'm a Woman in Computer Science. Let Me Ladysplain the Google Memo to You.

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

A main reason the Google "manifesto" has been met with so much support is its quasi-professional tone, writes Cynthia Lee of Stanford University.

A Researcher Disguised Himself as a Car Seat to Teach Driverless Cars How to Communicate With Humans

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

Researchers costumed themselves as car seats to give the appearance no one is driving during autonomous vehicle experiments.

First Evidence That Social Bots Play a Major Role in Spreading Fake News

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have proof that social bots are the key to the online proliferation of fake news.

How Do You Fix a School-Bus Problem? Call MIT

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

A team of researchers has developed an algorithm to plot more efficient public-school bus routes.

This Robot Lab Has No Idea What Its Robots Are Doing

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 12:00

The Georgia Institute of Technology's Institute for Robotics and Intelligent Machines supports the Robotarium, an arena where scientists can run experiments on remote-controlled machines.

China's Plan for World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All

Wed, 08/16/2017 - 10:24

Xu Li's software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank.

Cassini Prepares to Say Goodbye to a True Titan

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:19

Mere weeks away from its dramatic, mission-ending plunge into Saturn, NASA's Cassini spacecraft has a hectic schedule, orbiting the planet every week in its Grand Finale.

Teaching A.I. Systems to Behave Themselves

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 14:08

At OpenAI, the artificial intelligence lab founded by Tesla's chief executive, Elon Musk, machines are teaching themselves to behave like humans. But sometimes, this goes wrong.

AI Artist Conjures Up Convincing Fake Worlds From Memories

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:29

Researchers have developed a neural network capable of creating realistic photos based on real-world images.

Mapping the Brain, Neuron by Neuron

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:29

Researchers worked with an international team of neuroscientists to create a complete map of the learning and memory center of the fruit fly larva brain

Computer 'Anthropologists' Study Global Fashion

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 12:29

Researchers are using deep-learning methods to analyze billions of photos uploaded to photo-sharing services and social media platforms.

Inside the Increasingly Complex Algorithms That Get Packages to Your Door

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 10:32

If you had to hand-deliver 50 packages, how would you go about planning the best route?

Your Virtual Robot Assistant

Tue, 08/15/2017 - 08:44

With its "unique capabilities," virtual "James" is designed to interact with people regarding the delivery of a service.

25 Years of Global Sea Level Data, and Counting

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:57

Today marks the 25th anniversary of the launch of a revolutionary ocean research vessel—a space "ship."