Computers can’t keep shrinking, but they’ll keep getting better. Here’s how

Moore's Law is one of the reasons computers have seen so much improvement over the past few decades. But when it comes to an end does that mean the end of better machines? Not quite.
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Can an algorithm be racist? Spotting systemic oppression in the age of Google

A new book titled Algorithms of Oppression argues that the algorithms which dominate our lives can be racist and harmful to minorities. Here's how the author suggests we change that.
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These drones could team up to lift injured soldiers off the battlefield

Georgia Tech engineers have been working on a new drone-based system that involves teams of drones working together to lift wounded soldiers from the battlefield. Here's how it works.
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Facial recognition has a race problem — here’s how Gyfcat is fixing that

The makers of smart GIF search engine Gfycat were shocked to find their cutting-edge facial-recognition tech couldn't distinguish between some Asian actors. Here's how they solved the problem.
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The Pipe is a futuristic new instrument that looks like a cyberpunk saxophone

Musician-engineer Vlad Kreimer's innovative cyberpunk instrument, the Pipe, is capable of transforming a person’s voice into a drumbeat or synth. And you'll soon be able to try it for yourself.
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Bored by Skype and FaceTime? 3D video chat is on its way to a phone near you

Purdue University's new technology enables high-quality 3D video communication on mobile devices using only existing standard wireless networks. Imagine a 3D version of Skype and you've got the idea!
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Social media algorithm pops filter bubbles by presenting ideas you disagree with

The "filter bubble" means that people are often not exposed to online points of view they disagree with. Researchers in Finland and Italy have created an algorithm to help counter its effects.
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That turtle is a gun! MIT scientists highlight major flaw in image recognition

Researchers from MIT CSAIL have 3D printed a turtle that can fool image recognition algorithms into thinking it's a rifle. Here's why that's terrifying for future security systems.
Social Media

Facebook used a screenshot of a death threat to promote Instagram

Facebook algorithms choose the most engaging Instagram posts to cross-promote the network -- which accidentally promoted this death threat. Instagram apologized and said the notification post was not a paid ad.
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Algorithms guide robot design toward telescope-like structures

The robot design algorithms take suggested shapes and convert them into complex, telescoping structures that can twist, turn, and pack into itself. The program could help design shape-shifting robots in the future.
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Frighteningly accurate ‘mind reading’ AI reads brain scans to guess what you’re thinking

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a deep learning neural network that's able to read complex thoughts based on brain scans -- even interpreting complete sentences.

Computational models are getting better, and worse, at predicting electron behavior

An international group of researchers, working on complex computer models for predicting the behavior of electrons, have discovered that those very computational models might not be as accurate as they should be.