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A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (digital) Teeth
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A Handful of Photos Yields a Mouthful of (digital) Teeth

Disney researchers have developed a model-based method of realistically reconstructing teeth for digital actors and for medical applications.

Coding Comics
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Coding Comics

Macarthur Fellow Gene Luen Yang's graphic novels introduce kids to computer programming.

Google Deepmind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available
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Google Deepmind Makes AI Training Platform Publicly Available

Alphabet's Google DeepMind is making its game platform available to the general public on GitHub. DeepMind is open sourcing the entire source code for its training...

Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?
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Can We Trust Autonomous Weapons?

Nations consider using defense systems that can make their own lethal decisions.

Cracking the Code on Biology
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Cracking the Code on Biology

Genetic engineering promises to revolutionize everything from agriculture and biofuels to medicine and food safety.

Google Deepmind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI By Playing Starcraft 2
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Google Deepmind Could Invent the Next Generation of AI By Playing Starcraft 2

The announcement at BlizzCon 2016 that met with the most muted response was arguably the most revolutionary.

Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.i. Coding Game
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Two Sigma Announces Public Launch of Halite, A.i. Coding Game

Halite creates an engaging game environment in which to learn, write, and visualize code in action. 

Virtual Reality App Makes Haptics as Immersive as Visuals
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Virtual Reality App Makes Haptics as Immersive as Visuals

Disney Research has developed a 360-degree virtual reality application and a haptic chair that enable users to enhance their virtual experience with customizable...

Nyu Is Building a Real-Life Holodeck
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Nyu Is Building a Real-Life Holodeck

New York University recently received a $2.9-million U.S. National Science Foundation grant to develop an immersive virtual reality experience.

Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive
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Playing Grand Theft Auto Can Teach Autonomous Cars How to Drive

Self-driving cars can learn the rules of the road by studying virtual traffic on videogames such as Grand Theft Auto V, according to a new study.

Researchers Are Teaching Artificial Intelligence How to Terrify Humans
From ACM TechNews

Researchers Are Teaching Artificial Intelligence How to Terrify Humans

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have trained a computer to produce scary images.

Learning Securely
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Learning Securely

Because it is easy to fool, machine learning must be taught how to handle adversarial inputs.

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin
From Communications of the ACM

Blockchain Beyond Bitcoin

Blockchain technology has the potential to revolutionize applications and redefine the digital economy.

New Method Reduces Amount of Training Data Needed For Facial Performance Capture System
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New Method Reduces Amount of Training Data Needed For Facial Performance Capture System

Disney Research has developed a facial-capture system that uses a sample of actors' recordings to synthetically generate the data needed to train the system.

Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous
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Twitter's 'firehose' of Tweets Is Incredibly Valuable, and Just as Dangerous

There are half a billion tweets a day. For the company, they’re sellable data. For despots, they’re a great way to hunt dissidents.

The Search For Virtual Reality's Killer App
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The Search For Virtual Reality's Killer App

Sony Corp.'s release of the PlayStation VR on Thursday brings virtual reality to the cusp of mainstream adoption.

Vr Started with Gaming, But It Will Take Over Every Other Industry
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Vr Started with Gaming, But It Will Take Over Every Other Industry

"We are looking at sensory immersion.

Computer Scientist Publishes Manifesto For Expressive Algorithmic Music
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Computer Scientist Publishes Manifesto For Expressive Algorithmic Music

Gerhard Widmer at Austria's Johannes Kepler University has published a manifesto for music information research. He argues the field should refocus so it can facilitate...

'virtual Physiotherapist' Helps Paralyzed Patients Exercise Using Computer Games
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'virtual Physiotherapist' Helps Paralyzed Patients Exercise Using Computer Games

Researchers at the U.K.'s Imperial College London recently demonstrated a device that enables paralyzed stroke patients to play computer games as physical therapy...

CM­ Computer Beats Humans in 'doom' Video Game
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CM­ Computer Beats Humans in 'doom' Video Game

Carnegie Mellon University researchers are using the videogame "Doom" as an artificial intelligence research platform as part of the Visual Doom AI Competition....
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