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Taxonomy Goes Digital: Getting a Handle on Social Bots
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Taxonomy Goes Digital: Getting a Handle on Social Bots

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is funding research on social networks.

Deepmind Shows AI Has Trouble Seeing Homer Simpson's Actions
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Deepmind Shows AI Has Trouble Seeing Homer Simpson's Actions

DeepMind has created a YouTube dataset of 300,000 video clips and 400 human action classes to train its deep-learning algorithms to better identify human activities...

Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?
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Can We Quantify Machine Consciousness?

The argument that consciousness is computable--and instillable within machines--cannot be verified or refuted until a measurable theory of consciousness becomes...

Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water
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Soft Robotic Structures Fold Themselves ­p in Hot Water

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have developed a new approach for making compliant, controllable robotic structures.

Robot Ray Swims ­sing High-Voltage Artificial Muscles
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Robot Ray Swims ­sing High-Voltage Artificial Muscles

Researchers have developed a robotic ray that is propelled by soft, flapping wings made of dielectric elastomers, which bend when electricity is applied to them...

We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)
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We Know What You're Watching (even If It's Encrypted)

I stand firm in the opinion that it's my basic, human right to binge-watch six hours of trashy detective shows on a Friday night with a silent phone in my lap and...

Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious
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Point-and-Click Method Makes Robot Grasping Control Less Tedious

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology are working to make the process of a robot autonomously grasping an object easier.

X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits
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X-Rays Map the 3D Interior of Integrated Circuits

Researchers have used x-rays to peer within commercial integrated circuits and reconstruct them in three dimensions.

Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With Dna
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Amoeba-Like Robot Programmed With Dna

Researchers have developed a tiny robotic system that is programmed and controlled by DNA and moves like a living cell.

Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater
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Want an Energy-Efficient Data Center? Build It ­nderwater

Microsoft engineers have proposed underwater server farms to help cloud providers deal with data center expansion in an environmentally friendly manner.

Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time
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Browser Fingerprinting Tech Works Across Different Browsers For the First Time

Researchers at Lehigh University have developed new browser fingerprinting software that identifies users across Web browsers more accurately than the most sophisticated...

AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans
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AI Predicts Autism From Infant Brain Scans

Researchers at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill have detected brain growth changes linked to autism in children as young as six months old.

Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board
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Millimeter-Scale Computers: Now With Deep Learning Neural Networks on Board

University of Michigan computer scientists are researching micro mote computers.

AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds
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AI Could Transform the Science of Counting Crowds

The University of Central Florida has been developing artificial intelligence solutions to relieve crowd scientists from the task of manually counting heads.

Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs
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Graphene Temporary Tattoo Tracks Vital Signs

University of Texas at Austin researchers are developing graphene-based health sensors that stick to a person's skin like a temporary tattoo and take measurements...

Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble
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Deep Learning AI Listens to Machines For Signs of Trouble

Driving your car until it breaks down on the road is never anyone's favorite way to learn the need for routine maintenance.

Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots
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Motion-Planning Chip Speeds Robots

Duke University researchers say they have developed a custom processor to perform robotic motion planning that accelerates the process by three orders of magnitude...

Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be
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Mit's Modular Robotic Chain Is Whatever You Want It to Be

Researchers have developed an improved version of last year's LineFORM multifunctional snake robot that introduces modularity to the system.

Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching
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Robots With Warm Skin Know What They're Touching

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new kind of robotic skin that incorporates active heating.  

The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff
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The Secret to Small Drone Obstacle Avoidance Is to Just Crash Into Stuff

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania's GRASP Lab are working to develop autonomous quadcopters that can fly through windows without running into them.
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