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Robocalypse Now? Central Bankers Argue Whether Automation Will Kill Jobs

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 14:08

The rise of robots has long been a topic for sci-fi best sellers and video games and, as of this week, a threat officially taken seriously by central bankers.

Light-Powered Computers Brighten AI's Future

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 13:58

The idea of building a computer that uses light rather than electricity goes back more than half a century.

DU Physicists Put New Spin on Computer Technology

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Denver have demonstrated spin transport through a synthetic material that is amorphous, or non-ordered, both magnetically and structurally.

UC Santa Cruz Launches New Data Science Research Center

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

The University of California, Santa Cruz has launched a new data science research center that provides a platform for collaboration between industry and academia in the data science space.

AI Will Prepare Robots for the Unknown

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

Researchers suggest artificial intelligence could greatly benefit robotic exploratory spacecraft by giving them autonomy.

Study Finds Hackers Could Use Brainwaves to Steal Passwords

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 12:00

A recent study suggests brainwave-sensing electroencephalograph headsets need better security.

How Video Games Helped Give Us the Self-Driving Car

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 10:32

Self-driving cars. They're the future of transportation—and they're getting smarter all the time.

Conference Organizers Say U.S. Travel Ban Not A Disaster – Yet

Thu, 07/06/2017 - 09:50

Travel restrictions appear to have had minimal impact on conference attendance so far.

DARPA's Ex-Leader's Speculative Dream of Mind-Melding Empathy

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:40

The former head of DARPA, Arati Prabhakar, has a dream. It's a civilian utopian neuroscience dream that's kind of the inverse of the scenarios that the far-out research wing of the military normally develops.

Juno Shatters Scientists' Jupiter Theories in Just 365 Days

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 13:25

Last July 4th, NASA's Juno spacecraft slowed its record breaking pace just enough to get caught in the pull of Jupiter's gravity.

How Building Baseline Video Analytics via Crowdsourcing Can Lead to Safer Streets

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:00

The city of Bellevue, WA, is collaborating with Microsoft, the University of Washington, and the Institute of Transportation Engineers on the Video Analytics Towards Vision Zero project.

By Teaching Computers to Track Asteroids, UW Scientists May Save the Earth

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Washington (UW) are participating in a project to track asteroids so collisions with Earth can be predicted and averted.

A New Method Could Enable More Stable and Scalable Quantum Computing, Penn Physicists Report

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered a new topological material that may enable more stable and scalable quantum computing.

Artificially Intelligent Painters Invent New Styles of Art

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have modified a generative adversarial network to create an artificial intelligence program that produces images in unconventional styles.

This Cellphone Can Make Calls Even Without a Battery

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a prototype cellphone that functions without a battery, drawing power from the surrounding environment.

Hey Siri, an Ancient Algorithm May Help You Grasp Metaphors

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have found digital assistants could one day learn the algorithms humans have used for centuries to create and understand metaphorical language.

Single-Cell Sequencing Made Simple

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 10:56

Single-cell biology is a hot topic these days. And at the cutting edge of the field is single-cell RNA sequencing (scRNA-seq).

Researchers Crack 1024-bit RSA Encryption in GnuPG Crypto Library

Wed, 07/05/2017 - 09:41

A team of researchers found that the "left-to-right sliding window" method used by the libgcrypt library for carrying out the mathematics of cryptography leaks significantly more information about exponent bits than for right-to-left, allowing full RSA key recovery.

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