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AI in Contact Centers

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00

Artificial intelligence technologies are being deployed to improve the customer service experience.

Charles P. 'Chuck' Thacker

Tue, 08/01/2017 - 00:00

Microsoft researcher Charles P. Thacker, awarded the 2009 ACM A.M. Turing Award, died Monday, June 12, at the age of 74, after a brief illness.

Cars Suck Up Data About You. Where Does It All Go?

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 17:09

Cars have become rolling listening posts. They can track phone calls and texts, log queries to websites, record what radio stations you listen to—even tell you when you are breaking the law by exceeding the speed limit.

Color-Shifting Electronic Skin Could Have Wearable Tech and Prosthetic Uses

Mon, 07/31/2017 - 12:00

Researchers  have developed a user-interactive electronic skin with a color change perceptible to the human eye.

Half of Milky Way's Matter Comes from Distant Galaxies

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 17:28

Up to half of the Milky Way is made up of matter that came from distant galaxies, having been ejected from its home during supernova explosions.

Nanoneurons Enable Neuromorphic Chips for Voice Recognition

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 17:18

Last month, IEEE Spectrum ran a special report focusing on the question "Can We Copy the Brain?" The report offered a thorough examination of all the ongoing efforts in duplicating the human brain both in terms of hardware and software.

Storing Data in DNA Brings Nature Into the Digital Universe

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 15:24

Humanity is producing data at an unimaginable rate, to the point that storage technologies can't keep up.

First Human Embryos Edited in U.S.

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 14:25

The first known attempt at creating genetically modified human embryos in the United States has been carried out by a team of researchers in Portland, Oregon, MIT Technology Review has learned.

Google Enters Race for Nuclear Fusion Technology

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:00

Google Research and Tri Alpha Energy have developed a computer algorithm called Optometrist that facilitates integrating high-powered computation with human judgment to find new and better solutions to challenging problems in nuclear fusion. 

'Magic Bench' Lets Users See, Hear, and Feel Animated Characters

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Disney have developed the "Magic Bench," a combined augmented and mixed reality experience in which multiple users experience virtual surroundings as a group, without using head-mounted displays or handheld devices. 

Chinese Scientists Create Biggest Virtual Universe With World's Fastest Computer

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:00

Chinese researchers have produced the largest virtual universe on Sunway TaihuLight, the world's fastest supercomputer, using 10 trillion digital particles. The simulation beat the scale of the previous record-holding model universe by a factor of five. 

Obama-Era Computer Science Initiative Surging Ahead Despite Hurdles

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:00

The Trump administration's lack of support for $4 billion CSforAll initiative of the Obama administration has spurred agencies such as the U.S. National Science Foundation, private organizations, and activist groups to take the lead and contribute resources. 

Hackers Plan to Break Into 30 Voting Machines to Put Election Meddling to the Test

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 12:00

Hackers at the DefCon convention announced they will attempt to compromise more than 30 voting systems used in recent elections this weekend to determine whether fears of election tampering by malefactors are justified.

Robots, Start Your Engines!

Fri, 07/28/2017 - 10:52

There's nothing like a throw-down to push new technologies out to the masses.

Large, Distant Comets More Common Than Previously Thought

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 19:09

Comets that take more than 200 years to make one revolution around the Sun are notoriously difficult to study.

Complex Biological Computer Commands Living Cells

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 17:58

Researchers have developed a biological computer that functions inside living bacterial cells and tells them what to do, according to a report published yesterday in Nature.

Big Names in Statistics Want to Shake Up Much-Maligned P Value

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 15:20

Science is in the throes of a reproducibility crisis, and researchers, funders and publishers are increasingly worried that the scholarly literature is littered with unreliable results.

New Grid Study Sees U.S. Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. needs to do more to protect its electrical grid against high-impact cyberattacks, according to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine.

Two Groups Both Win $7.5M to Study AI, Autonomous Systems

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. Department of Defense has awarded $15 million to two Cornell University research teams to pursue autonomous systems and artificial intelligence.

There Are More Programming Jobs Than Ever Outside of Silicon Valley

Thu, 07/27/2017 - 12:00

Programming jobs have spread across the U.S. and pooled in other metro areas outside of Silicon Valley, according to data from Glassdoor.

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