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Dutch Smallest Computer

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have constructed a small supercomputer from four servers with four professionalized graphics cards.

Science, Engineering Studies Are Still a Hard Sell to Women

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00

Women earned just 21% of U.S. undergraduate engineering degrees and an even smaller share of computer science degrees, according to new data from the National Student Clearinghouse Research Center.

Crowdsourcing a Practical Indoor GPS

Wed, 04/12/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are using crowdsourced Wi-Fi fingerprints from smartphones to build a highly accurate indoor global-positioning system.

Virginia Tech Professor Builds Algorithm to Detect Traces of Cyberbullying

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:09

Virginia Polytechnic and State University professor Bert Huang is working to develop an automatic system for detecting cyberbullying.

Machines Learning Evolves, and Hackers Stand to Gain

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:09

Experts say the growing pervasiveness and maturity of machine learning makes it an increasingly attractive candidate for cybersecurity applications.

New Approach Developed by Humanists and Scientists Maps Evolution of Literature

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 12:09

Researchers have partly developed a new approach for identifying subtle patterns to map out how ancient Latin and Greek texts relate to each other.

Into the Breach

Tue, 04/11/2017 - 10:42

Cyber ratings firms help companies evaluate the risks of doing business.

Canada Tries to Turn Its A.I. Ideas Into Dollars

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 19:42

Long before Google started working on cars that drive themselves and Amazon was creating home appliances that talk, a handful of researchers in Canada—backed by the Canadian government and universities—were laying the groundwork for today's boom in artificial intelligence.

Quantum Computing Is Going Commercial with the Potential to Disrupt Everything

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 19:07

Consider three hair-pulling problems: 1 percent of the world's energy is used every year just to produce fertilizer; solar panels aren't powerful enough to provide all the power for most homes; investing in stocks often feels like a game of Russian roulette.

New Computer Vision Challenge Wants to Teach Robots to See in 3D

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00

The progress made in training algorithms to recognize images via the ImageNet Large Scale Visual Recognition Challenge has prompted its 2018 replacement with the more formidable task of teaching robots to perceive the world in three dimensions. 

Carnegie Mellon Artificial Intelligence Takes on Chinese Poker Players

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a new artificial intelligence to compete against six professional Chinese poker players in a 36,000-hand exhibition match in China.

In the Future, We Will Control Our Mobiles Using Gestures

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are developing a next-generation interface that will enable people to interact with mobile devices using gestures.

Algorithm and Rhyme

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00

San Jose State University professor Margareta Ackerman has developed an artificial intelligence-based system designed to assist musicians in songwriting.

Few Keep Track of Their Personal Data on the Net

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00

A study found that few users understand how their personal data are compiled and stored on the Internet.

AI Player AlphaGo to Play Chinese Go Champion

Mon, 04/10/2017 - 12:00

DeepMind's Go-playing artificial intelligence program AlphaGo in May will play against top Chinese Go player Ke Jie in a three-game match in China.

Science Reveals Yet Another Reason Octopuses and Squid Are So Weird

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 16:40

Octopuses are aliens living on Earth.

23andMe Given Green Light to Sell DNA Tests for 10 Diseases

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 16:21

The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved the first at-home genetic test that can help to determine a person's risk of developing certain diseases.

Tim Berners-Lee: Selling Private Citizens' Browsing Data Is 'Disgusting'

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:00

Sir Tim Berners-Lee says he is appalled by the Trump administration's decision to dismantle net neutrality and let Internet service providers sell customers' browsing data to advertisers.

Information Storage With a Nanoscale Twist

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered a rotational force inside magnetic vortices, which they say could make it easier to design ultrahigh-capacity disk drives.

Electronic Synapses That Can Learn: Towards an Artificial Brain?

Fri, 04/07/2017 - 12:00

European researchers from several institutions have developed an artificial synapse on a chip that can learn autonomously.