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Making New Drugs With a Dose of Artificial Intelligence

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 13:21

You can think of it as a World Cup of biochemical research.

MIT Robot Combines Vision, Touch to Learn Game of Jenga

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:00

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a robot that taught itself to play Jenga.

Google Releases Dataset to Help AI Systems Spot Fake Audio Recordings

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:00

The Google News unit and artificial intelligence research division Google AI have released a speech database in an attempt to identify bogus audio recordings.

British Military Invests £1M into Headsets that Create Hostile VR Environments for Soldiers Training

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:00

The British Army is testing virtual reality headsets that can combine virtual environments with physical objects for a mixed-reality experience.

UC Allows High-School Computer Science as Core Curriculum Credit

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 12:00

The University of California system will count high school computer science courses toward core curriculum prerequisites for admission to its nine universities.

Eyes in the Skies

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:47

Privacy concerns arise around the New York Police Department's drone program.


Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 11:03

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its market dominance to gather information about users without their consent.

The Ethical Dilemma Facing Silicon Valley’s Next Generation

Thu, 02/07/2019 - 09:22

Stanford has established itself as the epicenter of computer science, and a farm system for the tech giants. Following major scandals at Facebook, Google, and others, how is the university coming to grips with a world in which many of its students' dream jobs are now vilified?

Extreme Chemistry: Experiments at the Edge of the Periodic Table

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 15:03

If you wanted to create the world's next undiscovered element, number 119 in the periodic table, here's a possible recipe.

The CRISPR Machines that Can Wipe Out Entire Species

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 14:07

Charles Darwin had no idea what a gene was. If we dropped the father of evolution into 2019, the idea that humans can willfully alter the genes of an entire species would surely seem like wizardry to him.

Lawmakers Put Pentagon's Cyber in Their Sights

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:39

Congress has a new rising target when it comes to cyber: The Pentagon.

Moving the Needle on Cyber Norms

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00

The  Global Commission on Stability in Cyberspace is working to establish principles that states, non-state actors, and the privacy industry should follow when cyberattacked.

New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects Using Rays of Light

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00

Researchers have created a three-dimensional printer that can generate whole objects at once, instead of printing them layer by layer.

Winners Announced for the Zillow Prize

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00

The Zillow Prize competition pitted nearly 4,000 teams against one another in an effort to develop a computerized system that could predict the future sale price of homes.

Self-Taught Robot Figures Out What It Looks Like, What It Can Do

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00

Columbia University researchers have developed a robot that learns what it looks like without any outside help.

Scientists Connect Human Brain, 'Rat Cyborg' Brain Together

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00

Chinese researchers have constructed a wireless brain-to-brain interface that enables a human to direct a rat through a maze.

'Hamlet' in Virtual Reality Casts the Viewer in the Play

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 12:00

Boston’s Commonwealth Shakespeare Company and Google have created a virtual reality (VR) version of "Hamlet" in which the viewer plays the ghost of Hamlet’s father.

How Facebook Has Changed Computing

Wed, 02/06/2019 - 09:21

Because of Facebook's openness, many of its technologies have become industry standards.

The Rise of the Robot Reporter

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:42

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is on the rise.

5 Reasons Why Autonomous Cars Aren't Coming Anytime Soon

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 14:12

In the world of autonomous vehicles, Pittsburgh and Silicon Valley are bustling hubs of development and testing. But ask those involved in self-driving vehicles when we might actually see them carrying passengers in every city, and you'll get an almost universal answer: Not anytime soon.