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Will Using AI To Make Loans Trade One Kind Of Bias For Another?

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 13:03

The next loan you get may depend less on your credit score and more on what a program thinks of your online habits. Digital lenders say the process will be more fair, but others worry about unintended bias.

Can Robots Write Meaningful News?

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00

The new Digital Personalization of the News project will  explore whether robots can enhance journalism.

Cybersecurity Expert Studies Novel Tools to Thwart Attacks

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00

California State University, Fullerton professor Mikhail Gofman says maintaining cybersecurity "requires constant work, commitment, and dedication."

Bias Test to Prevent Algorithms Discriminating Unfairly

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are developing a framework to identify and eliminate algorithmic bias.

Faster Page Loads

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00

Flowtune is a new system for allocating bandwidth in datacenter networks.

Psychologists Enlist Machine Learning to Help Diagnose Depression

Fri, 03/31/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are using the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Stampede supercomputer to recognize patterns in neuroimaging data predictive of mental disorders such as depression. T

Ghost in the Sell: Hollywood's Mischievous Vision of AI

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 17:27

Watch enough science fiction movies and you'll probably come to the conclusion that humans are living on borrowed time.

A Stunning Video of Mars That Took Three Months to Stitch Together, by Hand

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 14:13

If you should one day find yourself in a spacecraft circling Mars, don't count on a good view.

For Sale: Your Private Browsing History

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:58

The US House of Representatives voted Tuesday to eliminate ISP privacy rules, following the Senate vote to take the same action last week. The legislation to kill the rules now heads to President Donald Trump for his signature or veto.

Machine-Learning Algorithm Watches Dance Dance Revolution, Then Creates Dances of Its Own

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:00

Dance Dance Convolution is a new system that takes as an input the raw audio files of pop songs, and produces dance routines as an output.

A Big Leap Toward Tinier Lines

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a method that could make it possible to produce some of the narrowest microchip wires ever.

Facial Recognition Software Helps Diagnose Rare Genetic Disease

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the National Institutes of Health's National Human Genome Research Institute have used facial-recognition software to diagnose a rare genetic disease in Africans, Asians, and Latin Americans.

Stanford Researchers Adapt a DIY Robotics Kit to Give STEM Students Tools to Automate Biology Experiments

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have modified a commercially available do-it-yourself kit for building and programming robots capable of transferring exact amounts of fluids between flasks, test tubes, and experimental dishes.

Hyper-converged Infrastructure

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 11:38

An out-of-the-box solution to infrastructure is drawing increasing attention.

This Paralyzed Man Is Using a Neuroprosthetic to Move His Arm for the First Time in Years

Thu, 03/30/2017 - 10:25

William Kochevar of Cleveland can slowly move his right arm and hand. No big deal—except that the 56-year-old had been paralyzed from the shoulders down since a bicycling accident ten years ago.

Could Ms. Pac-Man Train the Next Generation of Military Drones?

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 16:22

Thirty-five years ago, while Martin Amis was writing "Money," one of the novels that defined the nineteen-eighties, he admitted to a distracting dalliance with another contemporary icon.

Who Owns Your Face?

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 15:47

It takes a feast of facial imagery to teach a machine how to recognize an individual person.

5 Burning Questions With New IETF Chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00

New Internet Engineering Task Force chair and Cisco Fellow Alissa Cooper lauds the organization as "a very special place because of the standards work it has done in the past and how that work is affecting the growth and will impact the Internet in the future."

A Novel Hybrid UAV That May Change the Way People Operate Drones

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00

U-Lion is a novel hybrid unmanned aerial vehicle that can take off and land vertically in the manner of a helicopter, yet cruise horizontally like an airplane.

New Quantum Gadget Could Make Contactless Payment More Secure

Wed, 03/29/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a prototype gadget that transmits secret quantum keys to encrypt data sent from a mobile device to a payment terminal.

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