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Sent to Prison by a Software Program's Secret Algorithms

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 16:32

When Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. visited Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute last month, he was asked a startling question, one with overtones of science fiction.

Watch Hackers Sabotage an Industrial Robot Arm

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 14:15

When the cybersecurity industry warns of digital threats to the "internet of things," the targets that come to mind are ill-conceived, insecure consumer products like hackable lightbulbs and refrigerators.

Stanford Researchers Develop New Wave of Electronics

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Engineers at Stanford University say they have developed a flexible, organic, biodegradable electronic device.

In Europe's Election Season, Tech Vies to Fight Fake News

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Scientists are attempting to counter a rash of fake news spreading online as European elections loom.

Berkeley Students Create Wheelchair Add-On to Help Blind Users Navigate

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

A new low-cost, modular, customizable add-on system for wheelchairs employs sensors and software to make navigation easier for visually-impaired users.

Your Smartphone Can Tell If You've Had a Good Night's Sleep

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

A new tool uses machine learning to model personal sleep patterns based on sounds made during sleep.

Study Finds Gender Bias in Open Source Programming

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Women's contributions in open source software communities tend to be accepted more often than men's in general, but they are rejected more frequently when a woman's gender is identifiable.

Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Imperial College London researchers have automated the generation of three-dimensional morphable models used to represent human faces.

The AI Revolution Is Making Game Characters Move More Realistically

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:38

When we talk about artificial intelligence in games, we usually picture smarter or more realistic enemies that don't come off as mindless automatons.

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:27

What looks like a tiny mechanical ostrich chasing after a car is actually a significant leap forward for robot-kind.

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:22

A philosopher who believed humans will always be smarter.

Can Social Networks Help You Get Into Shape?

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Southern California are studying whether social networks can help make people healthier.

Disney Projection System Shines Makeup on Actors During Live Performances

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

The Makeup Lamps system tracks an actor's movements and expressions during live stage performances so the actor's face can be painted with light.

Hybrid Digital-Analog Circuits Can Increase Computational Power of Chaos-Based Systems

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

Combining digital and analog elements in nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits boosts their computational power by enabling a larger number of inputs to be processed.

Beyond Moore's Law

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:23

Chipmakers are exploring what comes after they reach the predicted limits of integrated circuit density, complexity.

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