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Learning to See

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:00

Machine learning turns the spotlight on elusive viruses.

Technology for the Deaf

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:00

Why aren't better assistive technologies available for those communicating using ASL?

AI Judges and Juries

Sat, 12/01/2018 - 00:00

Artificial intelligence is changing the legal industry.

Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 19:30

The whistle-blower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations said the now-defunct data research firm used the fashion preferences of Facebook Inc. users to help develop the algorithms needed to target them with political messaging.

Nailing Down the Nature of 'Oumuamua; It's Probably a Comet, but . . .

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 14:49

Shortly before Halloween, the chairman of Harvard's astronomy department openly declared that an interstellar object hurtling through our Solar System might just be part of an extraterrestrial craft. And then . . .  crickets.

How the U.K. Plans to Teach Computer Science to Every Child

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:00

The Raspberry Pi startup will train 40,000 U.K. teachers to teach computer science, with the ultimate goal of teaching computer science to all U.K. schoolchildren.

Fearful of Bias, Google Blocks Gender-Based Pronouns From New AI Tool

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:00

In May, Google introduced a feature for Gmail that automatically completes sentences for users as they type, but will not suggest gender-based pronouns.

Smart Headlights Inch Closer to American Roads

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:00

Adaptive driving beam headlights are not currently permitted in the U.S., but that could soon change. 

A Big Step Toward the Practical Application of 3D Holography With High-Performance Computers

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:00

Researchers in Japan have developed a computer that can project high-quality three-dimensional holography as a video.

Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 12:00

The Cyberdog wine bar in Prague, Czech Republic, is equipped with a robot bartender that serves drinks ordered via a smartphone app.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fri, 11/30/2018 - 10:14

Fire is chaos. Fire doesn't care what it destroys or who it kills—it spreads without mercy, leaving total destruction in its wake, as California's Camp and Woolsey fires proved so dramatically this month.

Asteroid-Sampling Mission Zeroes In on Tiny Space Rock

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 18:48

For the second time this year, a spacecraft is about to partner with an asteroid in an intimate dance.

Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast Using Chips Powered by Light

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 15:49

Inside a small laboratory in Boston's seaport district, buried within a jumble of lasers, lenses, mirrors, and a tangle of wiring, is a tiny chip that might be about to have a big impact on the world of artificial intelligence.

Tardos to Receive von Neumann Medal

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 14:19

Tardos was cited "For contributions to the field of algorithms, including foundational new methods in optimization, approximation algorithms, and algorithmic game theory."

Drones Offer Ability to Find, ID, and Count Marine Megafauna

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:00

North Carolina State University researchers have demonstrated that consumer-grade drones can effectively monitor marine species across multiple sites in the wild.

Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:00

Jouarre, a nursing facility outside Paris, is using a robot to help care for elderly patients.

Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 12:00

A new artificial intelligence-driven voice-scanning tool can identify dubious statements seconds after their utterance, in an effort to more accurately fact-check news.

Virtual Reality Goes on Trial

Thu, 11/29/2018 - 11:03

VR could significantly change the way jurors and judges weigh evidence in the courtroom.

China Is Building a $9 Billion Rival to the American-Run GPS

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 17:36

China is taking its rivalry with the U.S. to the heavens, spending at least $9 billion to build a celestial navigation system and cut its dependence on the American-owned GPS amid heightening tensions between the two countries.

UK Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens

Wed, 11/28/2018 - 14:58

Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system will be offered interventions, such as counselling, to avert potential criminal behaviour.