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We cover all kinds of modular robotics around here, and when we do, we're almost always talking about one overall robotic system made up of many different modules, some number of which can be individually controlled or swapped…
One night in July, 1964, the logician Lotfi Zadeh found himself alone in his parents' New York apartment, his dinner plans cancelled.
Facebook's fact-checking efforts are on the rocks.
The warnings consumers hear from information security pros tend to focus on trust: Don't click web links or attachments from an untrusted sender.
NASA&'s Cassini spacecraft, the intrepid robotic explorer of Saturn's magnificent beauty, ended a journey of 20 years on Friday like a shooting star streaking across Saturn's sky.
Sarah Savage was alone in the woods and didn't know which way to turn.
He influenced Jobs and dreamed up a digital future designed for learning and thinking. Fifty years on, Alan Kay is still waiting for his dream to come true.
This Tuesday Apple unveiled a new line of phones to much fanfare, but one feature immediately fell under scrutiny:FaceID, a tool that would use facial recognition to identify individuals and unlock their phones.
Suddenly, everything is a computer. Phones, of course, and televisions. Also toasters and door locks, baby monitors and juicers, doorbells and gas grills. Even faucets. Even garden hoses. Even fidget spinners.
Computer scientist Luc Steels uses artificial intelligence to explore the origins and evolution of language.
Creating noodling piano tunes and endless configurations of cat drawings with AI may not sound like an obvious project for Google, but it makes a lot of sense to Douglas Eck.
The new iPhone X puts face recognition front and centre. Why? Because it is the quickest and easiest way to unlock your phone.
With Texas just beginning to recover from the devastation wrought by Hurricane Harvey and the Southeastern U.S. preparing for Hurricane Irma's iminent arrival, people are naturally asking the question: What role might human-caused…
It's troubling to think that at any moment you might open an email that looks like it comes from your employer, a relative or your bank, only to fall for a phishing scam.
From the moment we humans first imagined having mechanical servants at our beck and call, we've assumed they would be constructed in our own image.
Any doubt that Russia has been running a strategically targeted disinformation campaign in the United States was erased on Wednesday, when Facebook revealed that it had deleted 470 "inauthentic" accounts that were based in Russia…
About a month ago, iRobot CEO Colin Angle mentioned something about sharing Roomba mapping data in an interview with Reuters.
People get up to weird things in New Zealand.
Why do so few women work in tech? It isn't that they can't do math or are biologically unsuited to the tasks.
The U.S. tech industry is leading the charge to pressure Congress to pass a bill to protect so-called "Dreamers" from deportation. Experts say the fight is an uphill battle.
On the evening of October 30, 1938, a seventy-six-year-old millworker in Grover's Mill, New Jersey, named Bill Dock heard something terrifying on the radio.
In late June, I was leaving for a flight from Kiev's Boryspil Airport as news broke that Ukraine was the victim of another massive cyberattack.
Average Americans have never much liked eggheads.
"Are you a hacker?"
In August Google employee James Damore made the news and even Wikipedia by publishing his speculation that female software engineers are underrepresented due to inherent biological differences.
Max Tegmark is a renowned physicist. He is also the irrepressibly optimistic co-founder of the Future of Life Institute in Cambridge, Massachusetts (motto: "Technology is giving life the potential to flourish like never before…
On cryptographic backdoors and prosthetic intelligence.
Failures to involve end users or to collect comprehensive data representing user needs are described and solutions to avoid such failures are proposed.
Considering law and governance in the digital age.
A procedure for reflection and discourse on the behavior of bots in the context of law, deception, and societal norms.
Discovery of a 12-fold Curta in Britain.
Women do like the raw technical aspects of computer science.
ICER 2017 features a new test of student belief and new theory about K-5 CS learning.
Apple says the inclusion of its Face ID technology in …
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a system …
Carnegie Mellon University professor Swarun Kumar says networking the vast …
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