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Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast ­sing Chips Powered by Light
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Making AI Algorithms Crazy Fast ­sing Chips Powered by Light

Inside a small laboratory in Boston's seaport district, buried within a jumble of lasers, lenses, mirrors, and a tangle of wiring, is a tiny chip that might be...

A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought
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­sing Wi-Fi to 'See' Behind Closed Doors Is Easier than Anyone Thought

Wi-Fi fills our world with radio waves. In your home, in the office, and increasingly on city streets, humans are bathed in a constant background field of 2.4-...

The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks
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The ­.S. Pushes to Build ­nhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads
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The First 'Social Network' of Brains Lets Three People Transmit Thoughts to Each Other's Heads

University of Washington in Seattle researchers have developed a brain-to-brain network that transmits thoughts among members of a group.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI
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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup
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Meet the Winner of Robotics' World Cup

A two-legged robot developed at the University of Bonn in Germany won the soccer World Cup for adult-size robots this summer in Montreal, Canada.

Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls
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Soon Your Doctor Will Be Able to Wirelessly Track Your Health—Even Through Walls

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology professor has created a box that, when placed in a user's home, can track his/her physiological signals, even through walls...

Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI
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Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI

Google says the cooling systems of several of its data centers are now governed by an artificial intelligence algorithm.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
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Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube
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An AI-Driven Robot Hand Spent a Hundred Years Teaching Itself to Rotate a Cube

AI researchers have demonstrated a self-teaching algorithm that gives a robot hand remarkable new dexterity.

Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage
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Hordes of Research Robots Could Be Hijacked for Fun and Sabotage

Many experimental robots that live in research laboratories around the world may be wide open to hackers.

The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery
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The ­S Military Is Funding an Effort to Catch Deepfakes and Other AI Trickery

Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn't so sure.

Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.
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Google Thinks It's Close to 'Quantum Supremacy.' Here's What That Really Means.

Seventy-two may not be a large number, but in quantum computing terms, it's massive.

Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate
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Forecasts of Genetic Fate Just Got a Lot More Accurate

When Amit Khera explains how he predicts disease, the young cardiologist's hands touch the air, arranging imaginary columns of people: 30,000 who have suffered...

Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?
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Serious Quantum Computers Are Finally Here. What Are We Going to Do with Them?

Inside a small laboratory in lush countryside about 50 miles north of New York City, an elaborate tangle of tubes and electronics dangles from the ceiling. This...

Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building ­biquitous Quantum Computers
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Old-Fashioned Silicon Might Be the Key to Building ­biquitous Quantum Computers

Scientists are investigating silicon as a key ingredient in the creation of scalable quantum computers.

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats
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How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats

After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly...

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget
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China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.
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