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Caring Cyborgs

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:00

Social robots designed to interact with people could act as caregivers for the elderly and children, but current models struggle to understand and mimic the subtleties of human interaction.

Back to Self-Driving School: The Simulator Teaching Vehicle AIs Road Sense

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a simulator employing convolutional neural networks and deep learning to enhance how vehicle artificial intelligence systems manage environmental factors such as obstacles.

Coming From Automakers: Voice Control That Understands You Better

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:36

Every once in a while, just for laughs, Kevin Smith-Fagan tries to call a friend of his, Priscilla, using the voice-recognition system in his 2013 Chevrolet Volt.

PCAST Releases Report on Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Semiconductors

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:10

The Computing Research Association has been involved in shaping public policy of relevance to computing research for more than two decades.

New Camera Can See Around Corners

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 10:07

In the last few years, single-pixel cameras have begun to revolutionize the field of imaging.

Complexity Theory Problem Strikes Back

Mon, 01/09/2017 - 09:59

The legendary graph isomorphism problem may be harder than a 2015 result seemed to suggest.

Your Home Planet, as Seen From Mars

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 15:23

From the most powerful telescope orbiting Mars comes a new view of Earth and its moon, showing continent-size detail on the planet and the relative size of the moon.

Move over Bitcoin--MIT Cryptographer Silvio Micali and His Public Ledger ALGORAND…the Future of Blockchain?

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:00

Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor Silvio Micali recently published a paper describing a decentralized, secure way to manage a shared ledger that provides a solution to the Byzantine General's problem.

UCLA Mathematicians Bring Ocean to Life for Disney's 'Moana'

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:00

University of California, Los Angeles researchers applied their knowledge of math, physics, and computer science to help animate "Moana," a three-dimensional computer-animated Disney film in which the ocean is a character.

States Wire Up Roads as Cars Get Smarter

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:00

To prepare for the day when self-driving cars will travel on technology-aided roads, U.S. state transit planners aim to outfit those roadways with fiber optics, cameras, and linked signal devices to make traffic safer and more efficient.

Tech Trends in 2017: Energy Harvesting

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:00

Some experts see energy harvesting technology as essential to successfully realizing the Internet of Things, and research into micro-scale energy harvesting has gained momentum in the last few years.

Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup

Fri, 01/06/2017 - 12:00

Four top professional poker players will challenge an artificial intelligence system in a 20-day Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament billed as an "epic rematch" by the system's developers at Carnegie Mellon University.


Cyberwar for Sale

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 17:37

On the morning of May 18, 2014, Violeta Lagunes was perplexed by a series of strange messages that appeared in her Gmail inbox.

NASA Chooses Two Asteroid Missions Instead of a Venus Return

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 15:28

For the planetary science community, the day when NASA makes the final call on new Solar System exploration missions always feels bittersweet.

The U.S. Goes All-In on Tech Inclusion

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 15:13

A wave of U.S. federal funding aims to make the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics fields more inclusive.

The Biggest Digital Map of the Cosmos Ever Made

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:54

On the summit of Haleakala, a dormant volcano on the island of Maui in Hawaii, a telescope began clicking pictures of the night sky in 2010.

Drones Inspired by Insects Could Keep Flying Even When Damaged

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Wageningen University in the Netherlands programmed a robotic fly to mimic insects with different levels of wing damage, enabling them to examine movements beyond the range of a real fly's behavior.

2016 Robotics Roadmap and the National Robotics Initiative 2.0

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:00

An updated version of the 2009 "A Roadmap for U.S. Robotics, From Internet to Robotics" report was released in November, expanding on the topics discussed in the original 2009 roadmap and addressing the areas of public safety, earth science, and workforce development.

Taming Oceans of Data With New Visualization Techniques

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:00

Princeton University researchers say they have transformed complex modeling data of the global ocean into an animated movie that shows how the Earth's heating and cooling system changes over time.

Nanowire 'Inks' Enable Paper-Based Printable Electronics

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 12:00

Electrons zip through films made of silver nanowires much easier than films made from other shapes, such as nanospheres or microflakes, according to Duke University scientists.