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Europe’s AI Researchers Launch Professional Body Over Fears of Falling Behind

Mon, 12/17/2018 - 09:26

Universities on the continent are rapidly losing talent to industry in the United States and China, say scientists behind the initiative.

China Has Never Had a Real Chip Industry. Making AI Chips Could Change That.

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 17:10

Donald Trump is speaking Mandarin.

Mathematician Inducted into Space and Missiles Pioneers Hall of Fame

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 16:45

West was among the so-called "Hidden Figures" part of the team who did computing for the U.S. military in the era before electronic systems.

International Students Steer Clear of Graduate Programs in the United States

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 13:42

The number of international students enrolling in U.S. graduate programs is falling, according to reports from the U.S. Council of Graduate Schools in Washington, D.C., and the Institute of International Education in New York City.

Computer Chip Vulnerabilities Discovered by WSU Researchers

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:00

Washington State University researchers have found previously undetected vulnerabilities in high-performance computer chips.

The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:00

Miquela Sousa is a computer-generated character developed as a social media personality that can evolve with the times without aging.

Radical New Neural Network Design Could Overcome Big Challenges in AI

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:00

A new design for neural networks lacks traditional stacked layers of simple computational nodes that work together to find patterns in data.

Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:00

A new network design uses quantum key distribution to secure messages among four users.

Foldable Drone Can Navigate Narrow Holes

Fri, 12/14/2018 - 12:00

A new drone can compress itself to pass through narrow spaces and then revert to its previous shape, all while continuing to fly.

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 17:37

Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British Museum. These tiny signs are the remains of the world's oldest writing system: cuneiform.

Quantum Computing Needs You to Help Solve Its Core Mystery

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 16:59

Since 2016, IBM has offered online access to a quantum computer. Anyone can log in and execute commands on a 5-qubit or 14-qubit machine located in Yorktown Heights, New York, from the comfort of their own home.

Major Companies Are Using AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:00

Many large companies around the world use artificial intelligence-based software to manage millions of call-center conversations.

Taming Turbulence: Seeking to Make Complex Simulations a Breeze

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:00

Researchers used state-of-the-art supercomputers to examine how turbulence in the atmosphere plays out over long periods of time

Canada, France Plan an International Panel to Assess AI Dangers

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 12:00

Canada and France recently announced plans for an international panel to assess the dangers of artificial intelligence and formulate appropriate policies.

Seeking Equilibria in Economics, Computer Science

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:56

Daskalakis' work brings deep theoretical analysis to bear on high-impact problems with direct effects on real-world applications.

NASA's InSight Takes Its First Selfie

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 11:01

NASA's InSight lander isn't camera-shy. The spacecraft used a camera on its robotic arm to take its first selfie—a mosaic made up of 11 images.

Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

Thu, 12/13/2018 - 10:47

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat: that more and more countries will blacklist its switches, routers and phones out of growing concern that they could be hijacked by foreign spies.

Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:59

Researchers in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can predict "pump-and-dump" cryptocurrency scams prior to their occurrence.

IHMC Teaches Atlas to Walk Like a Human

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:59

Roboticists at the Institute for Human and Machine Cognition are teaching Boston Dynamics' humanoid robot Atlas a more natural walking gait.

Supercomputers Without Waste Heat

Wed, 12/12/2018 - 11:59

A team of researchers has demonstrated that lossless electrical transfer of magnetically encoded information is possible.

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