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Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro
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Waltzing Robot Teaches Beginners How to Dance Like a Pro

Researchers at Tohoku University in Japan have developed a robotic dance instructor.

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI
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Google's Alphago Defeats Chinese Go Master in Win For AI

Google DeepMind's AlphaGo program beat a Chinese world champion in the first of three Go games held this week.

Potential and Peril
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Potential and Peril

The outlook for artificial intelligence-based autonomous weapons.

Deep Learning Takes on Translation
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Deep Learning Takes on Translation

Improvements in hardware, the availability of massive amounts of data, and algorithmic upgrades are among the factors supporting better machine translation.

Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game
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Ready, Set, Go! Rematch of Man vs. Machine in Ancient Game

AlphaGo, Google DeepMind's artificial intelligence program, will compete against the Chinese world champion Go player Ke Jie in a three-game series.

Cinematography on the Fly
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Cinematography on the Fly

Researchers are working to improve the performance of autonomous drones in capturing video for movies.

Disney Research Transforms Movie-Quality Animations For Interactive Viewing
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Disney Research Transforms Movie-Quality Animations For Interactive Viewing

Disney researchers say they have developed a process that transforms high-resolution animated content into a novel video format to enable immersive viewing.

The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!
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The State of the Car Computer: Forget Horsepower, We Want Megahertz!

If I asked you "how many computing devices do you own?" your mind will probably first jump to your PCs and laptops at home, and then to your smartphones and tablets...

Going Retro With Rube
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Going Retro With Rube

Old-time machine contest fosters STEM creativity.

How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them
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How Nasa Visualizes Stunning Worlds Without Really Seeing Them

Everyone likes a good space photo.

Kids, Parents Alike Worried About Privacy With Internet-Connected Toys
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Kids, Parents Alike Worried About Privacy With Internet-Connected Toys

A new study points to anxieties about the potential for Wi-Fi-enabled Internet-connected toys to infringe on children's privacy.

Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face
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Computer Scientists Have Created the Most Accurate Digital Model of a Human Face

Imperial College London researchers have automated the generation of three-dimensional morphable models used to represent human faces.

Disney Projection System Shines Makeup on Actors During Live Performances
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Disney Projection System Shines Makeup on Actors During Live Performances

The Makeup Lamps system tracks an actor's movements and expressions during live stage performances so the actor's face can be painted with light.

A Trick That Hides Censored Websites Inside Cat Videos
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A Trick That Hides Censored Websites Inside Cat Videos

Slitheen is a new system that uses decoy routing to conceal banned websites inside of innocuous cat videos.

French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test
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French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test

In the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, the country's social media was awash in press reports of dubious origin.

Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching
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Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching

New neural network-based detection algorithms can determine what movies people who use streaming services are viewing.

When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions
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When Artificial Intelligence Evaluates Chess Champions

Jean-Marc Alliot at the Computer Science Research Institute of Toulouse in France has developed a system that directly ranks chess players based on the quality...

New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation
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New Method Enables More Realistic Hair Simulation

Disney researchers say they have developed a new method that makes it possible to realistically simulate hair by observing real hair in motion.

Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?
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Can Facebook Fix Its Own Worst Bug?

In early January, I went to see Mark Zuckerberg at MPK20, a concrete-and-steel building on the campus of Facebook's headquarters, which sits across a desolate highway...
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