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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns
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Single Artificial Neuron Taught to Recognize Hundreds of Patterns

Artificial intelligence is a field in the midst of rapid, exciting change. That's largely because of an improved understanding of how neural networks work and the...

To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife
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To Study the Brain, a Doctor Puts Himself Under the Knife

Phil Kennedy no longer saw any other way to get the data.

Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos
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Now You Can ­se Emojis to Search For Cute Cat Videos

In a move that makes it possible to seamlessly combine your love of emojis with adorable animal videos, a group of researchers has built a prototype of a search...

Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities
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Drivers Push Tesla's Autopilot Beyond Its Abilities

Enthusiastic Tesla owners cheered last Wednesday when the company enabled the use of an automated driving system, called Autopilot, in its Model S all-electric...

Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals
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Paralyzed Man's Arm Wired to Receive Brain Signals

Scientists at Case Western Reserve University in Ohio say they’ve used electronics to get around a paralyzed man's spinal injury, permitting him to use an implant...

Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill
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Why Self-Driving Cars Must Be Programmed to Kill

When it comes to automotive technology, self-driving cars are all the rage.

A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells
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A Robot Finds Its Way ­sing Artificial 'gps' Brain Cells

The behavior and interplay of two types of neurons in the brain helps give humans and other animals an uncanny ability to navigate by building a mental map of their...

IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip
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IBM Making Plans to Commercialize Its Brain-Inspired Chip

In August last year, IBM unveiled a chip designed to operate something like the neurons and synapses of the brain (see "IBM Chip Process Data Similar to the Way...

An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely
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An Algorithm Helps Robots Fall Safely

At a major robotics competition held in June, several multi-million-dollar robots struggled to perform even simple tasks like climbing a flight of stairs; someimpeccable...

Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality
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Microsoft Researchers Are Working on Multi-Person Virtual Reality

Augmented or mixed reality, which renders virtual images in a view of the real world, can be spectacular to experience. But it may be even more fun when you bring...

A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain
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A Shocking Way to Fix the Brain

When Emad Eskandar talks about one of his neurosurgery patients with obsessive compulsive disorder, he's not talking about someone who arranges his record collection...

Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing
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Robot See, Robot Do: How Robots Can Learn New Tasks By Observing

It can take weeks to reprogram an industrial robot to perform a complicated new task, which makes retooling a modern manufacturing line painfully expensive and...

Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza
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Martian Life Could Be a Biotech Bonanza

When NASA scientists announced that instruments on the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter sensed signs of liquid water seeping on the Martian surface, they meant a solution...

Fighting Isis Online
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Fighting Isis Online

The two men pecked out messages on opposite sides of the country.

King Man + Woman = Queen: The Marvelous Mathematics of Computational Linguistics
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King Man + Woman = Queen: The Marvelous Mathematics of Computational Linguistics

Computational linguistics has dramatically changed the way researchers study and understand language.

The False Science of Cryonics
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The False Science of Cryonics

I woke up on Saturday to a heartbreaking front-page article in the New York Times about a terminally ill young woman who chooses to freeze her brain.

First Detailed Public Map of ­.s. Internet Backbone Could Make It Stronger
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First Detailed Public Map of ­.s. Internet Backbone Could Make It Stronger

It may not look like much at first glance, but a map created by University of Wisconsin computer science professor Paul Barford and about a dozen colleagues took...

How International Monitors Spot Nukes and Other Rumblings
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How International Monitors Spot Nukes and Other Rumblings

The ultimate nightmare for critics of the Iran nuclear deal being debated in Congress is that somehow, despite the agreement and all its built-in safeguards, Iran...

Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors
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Tool Makes It Easier to Evade Online Censors

After the huge chemical explosion in Tianjin, China, this month, two cleanup efforts began.

Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S
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Teaching Machines to ­nderstand ­S

The first time Yann LeCun revolutionized artificial intelligence, it was a false dawn.
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