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Baxter the Robot Fixes Its Mistakes by Reading Your Mind

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 17:09

Baxter is but a child, with bright eyes and a subtle grin.

To Keep Tor Hack Source Code Secret, DOJ Dismisses Child Porn Case

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 15:29

Rather than share the now-classified technological means that investigators used to locate a child porn suspect, federal prosecutors in Washington state have dropped all charges against a man accused of accessing Playpen, a notorious and now-shuttered website.

Using Game Theory to Predict Cyberattacks on Elections and Voting Machines

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00

An algorithm based on game theory can be used to protect against efforts to tamper with election results.

Kids Want Parental Help With Online Risk, but Fear Parental Freak Outs

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00

Researchers found teens rarely talked to their parents about potentially risky online experiences.

Artificial Data Give the Same Results as Real Data--Without Compromising Privacy

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00

The Synthetic Data Vault is a new machine-learning system that automatically creates synthetic data, which can be used in data science efforts that otherwise would be thwarted due to limited access to authentic data.

Software Engineers Have Figured Out a Way to Turn Charts Into Music for the Blind

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00

Legally blind SAS software engineer Ed Summers in February guided the company's release of a free browser plug-in that scans Web pages for graphs or charts and translates them into piano notes.

Social Media Algorithm Says Trump 'Tweets Like a Bachelor'

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed an algorithm that predicts a user's marital status with 86% accuracy using data from Twitter, Foursquare, and Instagram.

Singing Posters and Talking Shirts: UW Engineers Turn Everyday Objects Into FM Radio Stations

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are enabling everyday objects to communicate directly with smartphones and car radios and transmit information to them.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:55

Artificial-intelligence programs harness game-theory strategies and deep learning to defeat human professionals in two-player hold'em.

2017 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

Mon, 03/06/2017 - 09:41

The Computing Research Association board of directors is pleased to announce its selections for the 2017 CRA Awards.

How Rival Bots Battled Their Way to Poker Supremacy

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 18:10

A complex variant of poker is the latest game to be mastered by artificial intelligence (AI). And it has been conquered not once, but twice, by two rival bots developed by separate research teams. 

NASA Orbiter Steers Clear of Mars Moon Phobos

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 13:52

NASA's MAVEN spacecraft performed a previously unscheduled maneuver this week to avoid a collision in the near future with Mars' moon Phobos.

Merging Our Brains With Machines Won't Stop the Rise of the Robots

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00

The assumption that physically interfacing the human brain with machines will give humanity a competitive edge over increasingly advanced robots is dubious, because of various factors.

Scientists Reveal New Super-Fast Form of Computer That 'Grows as It Computes'

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have shown it is possible to build a new super-fast form of computer that "grows as it computes."

Microsoft's AI Is Learning to Write Code by Itself, Not Steal It

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at Microsoft and the University of Cambridge in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can create code to solve simple math problems.

Who Can Find the Fish That Makes the Best Sound?

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at TU Wien in Austria have developed a computational method that can determine the shape a metal object must be in order to generate a specific sound.

Why the Dark Net Is More Resilient to Attack Than the Internet

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 12:00

Researchers who built their own model of the dark net ran simulations to see how the model would react to three failure scenarios.

First Hint of How DNA Calculators Could Supercharge Computing

Fri, 03/03/2017 - 10:44

By making DNA endlessly change, researchers have shown how a biological computer might one day solve problems much faster than conventional computers or even quantum computers.

Machine Learning Is Bringing the Cosmos Into Focus

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:58

The telescope offers one of the most seductive suggestions a technological object can carry: the idea that humans might pick up a thing, peer into it, and finally solve the riddle of the heavens as a result.

Medical Devices Are the Next Security Nightmare

Thu, 03/02/2017 - 14:36

Hacked medical devices make for scary headlines.