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73 Percent of Developers Who Don't Use AI Plan to Learn How in 2018

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:00

Although only 17 percent of software developers worked with artificial intelligence or machine learning this year, 73 percent of those who did not say they are planning to learn about the technologies next year, according to a survey of 2,500 developers. 

'Listening' Drone Helps Find Victims Needing Rescue in Disasters

Fri, 12/22/2017 - 12:00

Researchers in Japan say they have developed technology capable of distinguishing simultaneous speech from multiple persons, demonstrating simultaneous meal ordering by 11 people and creating a robot game show host that manages multiple contestants answering simultaneously. 

How Facebook's Political Unit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 19:43

Under fire for Facebook Inc.'s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship.

Unhackable Computer Under Development With $3.6M DARPA Grant

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:00

Engineers at the University of Michigan are using a $3.6-million grant from DARPA to create an impenetrable computer by turning computer circuits into unsolvable puzzles. 

Researchers Steer the Flow of Electrical Current With Spinning Light

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:00

Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a device to demonstrate a way to control the direction of the photocurrent within semiconductor materials without deploying an electric voltage. 

An Early Flu Season Thwarts CDC's Forecasting Challenge

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:00

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has hosted a flu forecasting challenge for the last five years in which academic and industry participants organize predictive models then assesses them at the end of the season. 

This Slightly Haunting Childlike Robot Has Helped Scientists Crowdsource Research for Over a Decade

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 13:00

Over the last 13 years, the iCub robot developed by researchers at the Italian Technology Institute has enabled researchers from around the world to conduct a range of studies, from language acquisition to fine motor skills. 

Researchers Fooled a Google AI Into Thinking a Rifle Was a Helicopter

Thu, 12/21/2017 - 12:06

Tech giants love to tout how good their computers are at identifying what's depicted in a photograph.

Why Doesn't the N.F.L. Use Tracking Technology for First-Down Calls?

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:22

It was a scene almost designed to show the folly of the N.F.L.'s first-down measurement system.

The Top Seven Programming Languages of 2018

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:00

Coding Dojo has released a list of the top seven most in-demand programming languages coders should be aware of over the next year.

Researchers Compute Their Way to the Center of the Earth

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are using Germany's Julich Supercomputing Center to better understand how materials behave in the extreme conditions beneath the Earth's surface.

University of Sydney Develops Quantum Trick to Block Background Sensor 'Chatter'

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a method to block background "chatter," which they say solves a common problem associated with quantum sensing devices.

Improving Traffic--By Tailgating Less

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have shown that there would be fewer traffic jams if drivers would stop tailgating.

AI Insights Could Help Reduce Injuries in Construction Industry

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to gain new insights into ways to help reduce wear-and-tear injuries and boost the productivity of construction workers.

How Do You Spot a Russian Bot? Answer Goes Beyond Kremlin Watching

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have isolated the characteristics of bots on Twitter by studying bot activity related to Russian political discussions.

CRISPR in 2018: Coming to a Human Near You

Wed, 12/20/2017 - 11:12

Ever since scientists first used CRISPR-Cas9 to edit living human cells in 2013, they've been saying that the possibilities for using it to treat disease are virtually endless.

'Oumuamua Probably Isn't a Spaceship, But It Could Have Passengers

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 16:35

Last Wednesday, at 3:45 pm, scientists from the Breakthrough Listen project trained the Green Bank Telescope in West Virginia on 'Oumuamua—the mysterious, oblong space-rock which last month became the first known object to enter our solar system from elsewhere in the universe—and scanned it for signs of intelligent life.

The Rise of Spintronics

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 15:05

A technology that could supplant standard silicon transistors as Moore's Law approaches its physical limits is based on devices that work by manipulating the spin of electrons.

Evolutionary Programming Converts Darwinism into Algorithms

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 13:05

Evolutionary computation strategies include a multitude of biologically inspired algorithms for optimizing problems, often those with too many variables to compare all possible scenarios.

Your Smartphone's Next Trick? Fighting Cybercrime

Tue, 12/19/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have identified smartphones by examining a single photo taken by the device, opening up the possibility of using smartphones to deter cybercrime.