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The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever
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The Revolutionary Technique That Quietly Changed Machine Vision Forever

Computer researchers say machines are now almost as adept at recognizing objects as humans, thanks to an algorithm created by University of Toronto scientists in...

A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream
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A Chinese Internet Giant Starts to Dream

Punk bands from Blondie to the Ramones once played in Broadway Studios, an age-worn 95-year-old neoclassical building surrounded by strip clubs in San Francisco’s...

A Room Where Executives Go to Get Help from IBM's Watson
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A Room Where Executives Go to Get Help from IBM's Watson

IBM researchers are experimenting with a room where executives can go to discuss business problems with a version of the Watson supercomputing system.

­rban Jungle a Tough Challenge For Google's Autonomous Cars
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­rban Jungle a Tough Challenge For Google's Autonomous Cars

Google's Chris Urmson, who heads the company's self-driving car program, said the project is entering its most difficult phase so far: building vehicles with the...

A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain
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A Speech Synthesizer Direct to the Brain

Could a person who is paralyzed and unable to speak, like physicist Stephen Hawking, use a brain implant to carry on a conversation?

Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search
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Ray Kurzweil Says He's Breathing Intelligence Into Google Search

The big announcements at Google's I/O event in San Francisco Wednesday didn't mention Web search, the technology that got the company started and made it so successful...

The Thought Experiment
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The Thought Experiment

I was about 15 minutes late for my first phone call with Jan Scheuermann.

Neuroscience's New Toolbox
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Neuroscience's New Toolbox

The hypothalamus is a small structure deep in the brain that, among other functions, coördinates sensory inputs—the appearance of a rival, for example—with instinctual...

Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort
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Three Questions with the Man Leading Baidu's New AI Effort

Artificial intelligence is guided by the far-off goal of having software match humans at important tasks.

Do We Need Asimov's Laws?
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Do We Need Asimov's Laws?

In 1942, the science fiction author Isaac Asimov published a short story called Runaround in which he introduced three laws that governed the behaviour of robots...

Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates
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Increasingly, Robots of All Sizes Are Human Workmates

Most industrial robots are far less friendly than the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner, which is safe enough to be a surprisingly popular means of feline transportation...

Microsoft Wants You to Educate Its Virtual Assistant
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Microsoft Wants You to Educate Its Virtual Assistant

Microsoft's forthcoming mobile operating system upgrade will include Cortana, a virtual personal assistant designed to become more intelligent as people use it. ...

10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014
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10 Breakthrough Technologies 2014

Technology news is full of incremental developments, but few of them are true milestones.

Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics
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Microrobots, Working Together, Build with Metal, Glass, and Electronics

Someone glancing through the door of Annjoe Wong-Foy's lab at SRI International might think his equipment is infested by ants.

World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics
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World Cup Mind-Control Demo Faces Deadlines, Critics

In less than 60 days, Brazil will begin hosting soccer's 2014 World Cup, even though workers are still hurrying to pour concrete at three unfinished stadiums.

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer
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Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

SRI International is rethinking the design of Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot to try to help the machine retain its capabilities while trimming its power consumption...

Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer
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Cheaper Joints and Digits Bring the Robot Revolution Closer

The Atlas humanoid robot, unveiled last year by Boston Dynamics, a company later acquired by Google, is a marvel.

Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do
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Facebook Creates Software That Matches Faces Almost as Well as You Do

Asked whether two unfamiliar photos of faces show the same person, a human being will get it right 97.53 percent of the time.

An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling
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An Artificial Hand with Real Feeling

Igor Spetic's hand was in a fist when it was severed by a forging hammer three years ago as he made an aluminum jet part at his job.

A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling
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A Robotic Hand, This Time with Feeling

A Dutch man who lost his left hand in a fireworks accident nine years ago is now able to feel different kinds of pressure on three fingers of a prosthetic, robotic...
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