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How A.I. Is Creating Building Blocks to Reshape Music and Art

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 16:16

In the mid-1990s, Douglas Eck worked as a database programmer in Albuquerque while moonlighting as a musician.

A True Random-Number Generator Built From Carbon Nanotubes

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have built a true random number generator from a static random-access memory cell printed with a specialized carbon nanotube ink.

DeepMind AI Teaches Itself About the World by Watching Videos

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Google's DeepMind unit have developed an artificial intelligence system that teaches itself to recognize visual and audio concepts by watching video clips.

Instagram Posts Can Reveal Depression Better Than Anything Patients Tell Their Doctors

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Vermont and Harvard University say algorithmic analysis of Instagram posts could diagnose depression more effectively than physicians.

Researchers 'Count Cars'--Literally--to Manage Traffic

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00

OverFeat Framework is a new automated car-counting system.

New Research Could Show How Legendary Musicians Would Play Modern Music

Mon, 08/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are developing a system that could be used to show how musicians from any era would have played a piece of music from any other era.

Artificial Intelligence Identifies Plant Species for Science

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 16:33

Computer algorithms trained on the images of thousands of preserved plants have learned to automatically identify species that have been pressed, dried and mounted on herbarium sheets, researchers report.

Biohackers Encoded Malware in a Strand of DNA

Fri, 08/11/2017 - 10:18

When biologists synthesize DNA, they take pains not to create or spread a dangerous stretch of genetic code that could be used to create a toxin or, worse, an infectious disease. But one group of bio-hackers has demonstrated how DNA can carry a less expected threat—one designed to infect not humans or animals but computers.

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

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 16:01

Fake news and the way it spreads on social media is emerging as one of the great threats to modern society.

Cassini to Begin Final Five Orbits Around Saturn

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:46

NASA's Cassini spacecraft will enter new territory in its final mission phase, the Grand Finale, as it prepares to embark on a set of ultra-close passes through Saturn's upper atmosphere with its final five orbits around the planet.

DeepMind AI Teaches Itself About the World by Watching Videos

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 15:39

To an untrained AI, the world is a blur of confusing data streams.

UTA Researcher Seeks to Minimize Risks for Unmanned Aerial Systems Over Populated Areas

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:59

A researcher will use a $550,000 U.S. National Science Foundation grant to quantify risks posed by unmanned aerial systems and create algorithms to reduce those risks.

NSF Grant Aims to Use Big Data to Improve Crops

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:59

Researchers have received a $1.2-million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to help biologists improve crop management.

CU Boulder Wants Humans to Experience Secret Life of Pets

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 11:59

Researchers have received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to design and build wearable technologies to help humans experience the world through a dog's senses.

Teaching Computational Thinking Sooner

Thu, 08/10/2017 - 10:37

Are there benefits to teaching computational thinking to preschoolers?

JPL's Design for a Clockwork Rover to Explore Venus

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:23

The longest amount of time that a spacecraft has survived on the surface of Venus is 127 minutes.

How to Map the Circuits That Define Us

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 16:16

Marta Zlatic owns what could be the most tedious film collection ever.

Aussies Win Amazon Robotics Challenge

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:00

Team ACRV, from the Australian Center for Robotic Vision at the Queensland University of Technology, won the final combined task in Amazon's 2017 Robotics Challenge.

How Can Humans Keep Control of AI?

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:00

Osaka University president Shojiro Nishio stresses the need to keep artificial intelligence under human control.

Hacking Cybersecurity to Anticipate Attacks

Wed, 08/09/2017 - 12:00

The ACM Conference on Security and Privacy in Wireless and Mobile Networks in July highlighted developing a hacking model for anticipating cyberattacks.

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