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Study Finds Gender Bias in Open Source Programming

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Women's contributions in open source software communities tend to be accepted more often than men's in general, but they are rejected more frequently when a woman's gender is identifiable.

Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 12:41

Imperial College London researchers have automated the generation of three-dimensional morphable models used to represent human faces.

The AI Revolution Is Making Game Characters Move More Realistically

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:38

When we talk about artificial intelligence in games, we usually picture smarter or more realistic enemies that don't come off as mindless automatons.

An Ostrich-Like Robot Pushes the Limits of Legged Locomotion

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 10:27

What looks like a tiny mechanical ostrich chasing after a car is actually a significant leap forward for robot-kind.

Hubert L. Dreyfus, Philosopher of the Limits of Computers, Dies at 87

Wed, 05/03/2017 - 09:22

A philosopher who believed humans will always be smarter.

Can Social Networks Help You Get Into Shape?

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

Researchers at the University of Southern California are studying whether social networks can help make people healthier.

Disney Projection System Shines Makeup on Actors During Live Performances

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

The Makeup Lamps system tracks an actor's movements and expressions during live stage performances so the actor's face can be painted with light.

Hybrid Digital-Analog Circuits Can Increase Computational Power of Chaos-Based Systems

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 12:00

Combining digital and analog elements in nonlinear, chaos-based integrated circuits boosts their computational power by enabling a larger number of inputs to be processed.

Beyond Moore's Law

Tue, 05/02/2017 - 10:23

Chipmakers are exploring what comes after they reach the predicted limits of integrated circuit density, complexity.

How a Cyber Attack Transformed Estonia

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:18

Cyber-attacks, information warfare, fake news—exactly 10 years ago Estonia was one of the first countries to come under attack from this modern form of hybrid warfare.

Meet the People Who Train the Robots (to Do Their Own Jobs)

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 16:09

What if part of your job became teaching a computer everything you know about doing someone's job—perhaps your own?

Researchers Examining How State-of-the-Art Camera That Mimics Human Eye Could Benefit Robots and Smart Devices

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00

Researchers are developing a camera-based artificial vision system for robots and smart devices that simulates the human eye.

Mapping the Edge of Reality

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a genetic algorithm to confirm the rejection of classical ideas of causality.

This Robot Knows When It's Confused and Asks for Help

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00

Brown University researchers have developed a robot that measures its own confusion and then asks for help if it thinks it is required.

New Shark Spotter Algorithm Lets Surfers Take to the Break With Confidence

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00

Shark Spotter is an algorithm that uses video footage streamed from drones to detect sharks and alert swimmers.

A Trick That Hides Censored Websites Inside Cat Videos

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00

Slitheen is a new system that uses decoy routing to conceal banned websites inside of innocuous cat videos.

Computer Geeks Develop Algorithm to Detect Defects in Fruits and Grade Them Automatically

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 12:00

A new image-processing technique automatically checks the quality of fruits based on their color and texture.

French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 11:58

In the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, the country's social media was awash in press reports of dubious origin.

Alan Cooper Named 2017 CHM Fellow

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 09:47

Software designer and programmer Alan Cooper was named a 2017 Fellow of the Computer History Museum for "his invention of the visual development environment in Visual BASIC, and for his pioneering work in establishing the field of interaction design and its fundamental tools."

Margaret Hamilton Named 2017 CHM Fellow

Mon, 05/01/2017 - 09:42

Computer scientist Margaret Hamilton has been named a 2017 Fellow of the Computer History Museum.