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Curiosity May Be Vital for Truly Smart AI

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:40

A computer algorithm equipped with a form of artificial curiosity can learn to solve tricky problems even when it isn't immediately clear what actions might help it reach this goal.

In Memoriam: Jean E. Sammet 1928-2017

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 16:20

Sammet was the first female president of ACM, and a pioneer in programming languages.

Earth-Observing Companies Push for More-Advanced Science Satellites

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 14:04

Never have so many private eyes looked down at Earth.

Speeding Up Quality Control for Biologics

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:00

Engineers have developed a new method for analyzing biologics in production, based on a series of nanoscale filters.

Smart Machines Pick Up the Pace

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:00

Massachusetts Institute of Technology principal research scientist Andrew McAfee says the pace of machine-learning advancement is often underestimated.

Google Researchers Are Teaching Their AI to Build Its Own, More Powerful AI

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 12:00

Google has unveiled a new approach to machine learning in which neural networks are used to build better neural networks.

Making Machines Make Sense

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 11:31

Researchers are working to imbue computing devices with sophisticated object recognition and tactile capabilities that could take computer sensing to an entirely new level.

A Brief History of SETI@Home

Tue, 05/23/2017 - 10:49

The year was 1999, and the people were going online. AOL, Compuserve, mp3.com, and AltaVista loaded bit by bit after dial-up chirps, on screens across the world.

River Channels on Three Worlds Reveal a History of Shifting Landscapes

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 17:01

At this point, we've worked out the basics of the processes that produced the topography around us here on Earth.

U.S. Top Court Tightens Patent Suit Rules in Blow to 'Patent Trolls' 

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 16:05

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday tightened rules for where patent lawsuits can be filed in a decision that may make it harder for so-called patent "trolls" to launch sometimes dodgy patent cases in friendly courts, a major irritant for high-tech giants like Apple and Alphabet Inc's Google.

America’s dangerous Internet delusion

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:54

Despite enormous benefits, the Internet also encourages crime, global conflict, and economic disruption.

New Computation Tools Enable Much Faster and Cheaper Product Development

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the VTT Technical Research Center of Finland have developed faster, more accurate, and agile computation tools and methods.

Deep Learning Algorithm Rewrites Traditional Recipes for New Regions, Ingredients

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

A team of researchers says a new machine-learning algorithm can take a recipe and transform it into an alternative dietary style.

Researchers Look to Add Statistical Safeguards to Data Analysis and Visualization Software

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

New software is designed to eliminate multiple hypothesis testing errors in interactive data exploration and visualization systems using real-time statistical safeguards.

Microsoft Has a Plan to Add DNA Data to its Cloud

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

Microsoft Research plans to have a DNA-based data storage system functioning within a data center by 2020.

Google Program Inspires Kids to Learn Coding

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

Google's Code in the Community Program aims to help 3,000 underprivileged children develop computational skills for possible technology careers.

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 12:00

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.

Your Camera Wants to Kill the Keyboard

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:53

Snapchat knew it from the start, but in recent months Google and Facebook have all but confirmed it: The keyboard, slowly but surely, is fading into obscurity.

In Memoriam Alain Colmerauer: 1941-2017

Mon, 05/22/2017 - 10:25

French computer scientist Alain Colmerauer passed away on May 15.

Inside Russia's Social Media War on America

Fri, 05/19/2017 - 16:55

On March 2, a disturbing report hit the desks of U.S. counterintelligence officials in Washington.

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