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Why It's Important for the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines starts early.

HKBU Invention Detects and Alerts Sleepy Drivers

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a system that detects sleepy drivers and alerts them using a smartphone.

A School District Is Building a DIY Broadband Network

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

The Albemarle County, VA, school district is building its own broadband network.

Smart Jacket and VR Headset Let You Pilot a Drone With Your Body

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 12:00

Researchers say they have created a virtual reality headset and jacket system that enables operators to control a drone using only their body movement.

Light-Based Neural Network Does Simple Speech Recognition

Wed, 06/14/2017 - 10:25

While there are lots of things that artificial intelligence can't do yet—science being one of them—neural networks are proving themselves increasingly adept at a huge variety of pattern recognition tasks.

DeepMind's Neural Network Teaches AI to Reason About the World

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:46

The world is a confusing place, especially for an AI.

NuSTAR's First Five Years in Space

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 16:38

Five years ago, on June 13, 2012, Caltech's Fiona Harrison, principal investigator of NASA's NuSTAR mission, watched with her team as their black-hole-spying spacecraft was launched into space aboard a rocket strapped to the belly of an aircraft.

The Dark Side of AI

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 15:59

Can Artificial Intelligence be trusted?

In Memoriam: Charles P. “Chuck” Thacker: 1943-2017

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 14:32

Thacker was awarded the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award in recognition of his pioneering design and realization of the first modern personal computer, and for his contributions to Ethernet and the tablet computer.

Brain Architecture: Scientists Discover 11 Dimensional Structures That Could Help Us Understand How the Brain Works

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:39

Scientists studying the brain have discovered that the organ operates on up to 11 different dimensions, creating multiverse-like structures that are "a world we had never imagined."

U.S. Cyberweapons, Used Against Iran and North Korea, Are a Disappointment Against ISIS

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 13:09

America's fast-growing ranks of secret cyberwarriors have in recent years blown up nuclear centrifuges in Iran and turned to computer code and electronic warfare to sabotage North Korea's missile launches, with mixed results.

New System Allows Optical 'Deep Learning'

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a new approach to deep-learning computer systems that uses light instead of electricity.

Smiling During Victory Could Hurt Your Future Chances of Cooperation

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:00

People who smile when they are victorious in contests raise the odds of opponents being non-cooperative in subsequent competitions, according to a new study.

UTSA Professor Wins $450,000 NSF Grant to Develop Artificial Intelligence That Can Detect Computer System Faults

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 12:00

A University of Texas at San Antonio professor has received a $450,000 grant to develop a hardware-based AI system for detecting software bugs and security attacks.

Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future

Tue, 06/13/2017 - 11:04

The clanking, hulking factory in a rural patch of northwest Germany that produces 22-ton combine harvesters has lately been turning out machines with a technical edge.

How Big Data Mines Personal Info to Craft Fake News and Manipulate Voters

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 16:12

The opening chords of Creedence Clearwater Revival's "Bad Moon Rising" rocked a hotel ballroom in New York City as a nattily dressed British man strode onstage several weeks before last fall's U.S. election.

Discoveries Fuel Fight Over Universe's First Light

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 14:06

Not long after the Big Bang, all went dark.

3 Principles for Creating Safer AI

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 13:17

How can we harness the power of superintelligent AI while also preventing the catastrophe of robotic takeover?

Inspecting Algorithms for Bias

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:33

Courts, banks, and other institutions are using automated data analysis systems to make decisions about your life. Let's not leave it up to the algorithm makers to decide whether they're doing it appropriately.

Israel's Quantum Leap

Mon, 06/12/2017 - 12:00

The Hebrew University of Jerusalem's Quantum Information Science Center has received a $2.1-million government contract to construct a national quantum communications system demonstrator.