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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
From ACM News

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
From ACM News

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...

Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Employ Baxter Robot to Help the Blind

Robotics researchers at Carnegie Mellon University are developing assistive robots to help visually impaired travelers navigate the smart cities of the future.

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.

Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles
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Robots Learn to Make Pancakes From Wikihow Articles

European researchers have developed a robot that is learning to make pizzas and pancakes by reading through WikiHow's written directions. 

Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, ­npredictable Situations
From ACM TechNews

Team Designs Robots to Build Things in Messy, ­npredictable Situations

Researchers at Harvard University and the State University of New York at Buffalo are developing robots able to function outside of ideal, predictable environments...

Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes
From ACM TechNews

Teach Your Robot to Do the Dishes

Scientists at the University of Wisconsin-Madison have developed a robot that can help people wash their dishes. 

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.

Securing Today's Data Against Tomorrow's Quantum Computers
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Securing Today's Data Against Tomorrow's Quantum Computers

Microsoft researchers consider it vital for encryption upgrades to be developed now, to anticipate quantum computing's decryption potential.

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?
From ACM News

Military Robots: Armed, But How Dangerous?

An open letter calling for a ban on lethal weapons controlled by artificially intelligent machines was signed last week by thousands of scientists and technologists...

Flying Robots That Can See
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Flying Robots That Can See

A tiny artificial eye inspired by the vision systems of insects could help small flying drones navigate their surroundings well enough to avoid collisions while...

Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering
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Minecraft Shows Robots How to Stop Dithering

The computer game Minecraft, which depicts a world made up of retro, pixelated blocks that can be modified and rearranged in endless architectural configurations...

An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.
From ACM News

An Algorithmic Sense of Humor? Not Yet.

In recent months, artificial-intelligence researchers have made giant strides in matching human performance in all kind of tasks that had, until recently, been...

Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images
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Google's Deep Learning Machine Learns to Synthesize Real World Images

Google Street View offers panoramic views of more or less any city street in much of the developed world, as well as views along countless footpaths, inside shopping...

How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet
From ACM News

How Ads Follow You from Phone to Desktop to Tablet

Imagine you slack off at work and read up online about the latest Gibson 1959 Les Paul electric guitar replica.

Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You
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Automated Vehicles: One Eye on the Road, Another on You

The importance of tracking motorist behavior will grow as more automated vehicles are rolled out, especially as it relates to the issue of assigning liability in...

Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes
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Injectable Implants Could Help Crack the Brain's Codes

Understanding how the brain works—or doesn't, as the case may be—depends on deciphering the patterns of electrical signals its neurons produce.

Who Will Own the Robots?
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Who Will Own the Robots?

The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."  

Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance
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Deep Learning Catches On in New Industries, from Fashion to Finance

A machine-learning technique that has already given computers an eerie ability to recognize speech and categorize images is now creeping into industries ranging...
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