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It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00

OpenAI's Igor Mordatch is investigating new ways for machines to converse with each other.

Coders and Librarians Team Up to Save Scientific Data

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00

Software programmers, librarians, and others are archiving scientific data from government websites.

Molecular Motor-Powered Biocomputers

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00

European researchers recently launched a research project that aims to develop a biocomputer based on highly efficient molecular motors that will use a fraction of the energy of existing computers.

DARPA Wants to Cultivate the Ultimate Transistor of the Future

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:00

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this month will present the Dynamic Range-enhanced Electronics and Materials program, which aims to develop a new generation of radiofrequency and millimeter-wave transistors.

Origami-inspired Robot Can Hitch a Ride with a Rover

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:30

The next rovers to explore another planet might bring along a scout.

Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:13

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down to breakfast in Bonn, Germany.

How Pedestrians Will Defeat Autonomous Vehicles

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:58

A recently published paper in the Journal of Planning Education and Research explores how interactions between humans and self-driving cars could change the rules of the road.

How Aristotle Created the Computer

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:36

George Boole is often described as a mathematician, but he saw himself as a philosopher, following in the footsteps of Aristotle.

Bringing Augmented Reality to Warehouses

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have created PickAR, a headset that uses AR technology to overlay picking information so warehouses can find and process orders with greater efficiency.

New Extension Improves Inflight Wi-Fi

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:00

A new Google Chrome browser extension dramatically upgrades Wi-Fi browsing speeds at an altitude of 30,000 feet.

Stanford Researchers Map Fear and Happiness in Historic London

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have mapped out how readers of 18th- and 19th-century British novels felt emotionally about London.

Beta Boom

Tue, 03/21/2017 - 10:53

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.

Does Mars Have Rings? Not Right Now, But Maybe One Day

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 16:11

As children, we learned about our solar system's planets by certain characteristics—Jupiter is the largest, Saturn has rings, Mercury is closest to the sun. Mars is red, but it's possible that one of our closest neighbors also had rings at one point and may have them again someday.

It Begins: Bots Are Learning to Chat in Their Own Language

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 14:26

Igor Mordatch is IS working to build machines that can carry on a conversation.

Researchers Are Using Darwin's Theories to Evolve AI, So Only the Strongest Algorithms Survive

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Google Brain and OpenAI are applying Darwinian principles of evolution to advance artificial intelligence.

Wi-Fi on Rays of Light: 100 Times Faster, and Never Overloaded

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a Wi-Fi network based on directable infrared light rays.

Quantum Physics Offers Insights Into Music Expressivity

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have pioneered a new approach to understanding the musical experience by analyzing the vibrato effect using the Filter Diagonalization Method in music signal processing.

X-rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have used x-rays to peer within commercial integrated circuits and reconstruct them in three dimensions.

A Scientist and a Supercomputer Re-create a Tornado

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are using supercomputer simulations to study the structure of tornado-producing supercell thunderstorms.

Computing With Spiders' Webs

Mon, 03/20/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the universities of Bristol and Oxford in the U.K. are examining spiders' webs to determine their computational capabilities.

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