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Building computer brains that can reason like humans

What if a computer chip could think – and react – just like a human? IBM’s Cognitive Computing Group believes such a breakthrough is just around the corner.<p>Computing has developed at an amazing pace over the last few decades, but even today’s computers are essentially glorified calculators, says Dr …

Artificial Intelligence

How to Do Everything. (Well, Almost.)

Learning something new every day just ain't enough, so we rounded up a herd of pros, experts, and autodidacts; interrogated them (gently); and laid down their secrets here. Dig in to our encyclopedic array of do-it-yourself intelligence and discover the right way to climb high, fool fish, brew …

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Researcher has quantum breakthrough

An Australian National University researcher has created the foundation for an exceptionally fast and powerful quantum computer.<p>PhD student Seiji …

Cognitive Computing For All: IBM Releases a Legion of Watsons

Watson is dead. IBM’s Jeopardy-winning computer, whose calculations resided on a custom-built bank of servers roughly the size of a master bedroom, is no more.<p>But Watson has descendants. They’re also called Watson, and they are legion. Some of those Watsons will grow up to be medical experts. Other …

Cognitive Computing

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The Hunger Games Author Insisted the Cat Be Recast in Catching Fire

It's no secret the lazy cat casting from the first <i>Hunger Games</i> movie PISSED US OFF. Seriously, how hard was it to cast a yellow cat? Well, all that …

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High-Tech Prostate Exam Simulator

(Photo: Rob Delaney)<p>For the hobbyist or the medical student, the go-to gadget for prostate exam simulation is this device invented by Dr. Benjamin …

Drunk Without Alcohol Pill? UK Researcher Says a Pill Can Mimic the Effects of Alcohol

A “drunk without alcohol pill,” as it has been called, is being apparently developed by a U.K. scientist. The pill mimics the drunk effects of …


What will jail terms be like when humans can live for centuries?

Radical life extension is coming. That means future societies will have to do a dramatic rethink of our ideas about how long offenders should be …


That kid is going places…college is not one of them

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Forget devices; the future of technology is seeded in biology

A lot of you, dear readers, may remember a time when mobile phones didn't exist, let alone smartphones with touchscreens, apps and pro-grade cameras. Some may even recall a childhood completely devoid of TV, when the phrase "playing in a sandbox" meant literally that. Not content with books that …

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Paul Allen and the Machines: teaching the next generation of artificial intelligence

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has been pondering artificial intelligence since he was a kid. In the late '60s, eerily intelligent computers were everywhere, whether it was 2001's HAL or <i>Star Trek</i>'s omnipresent Enterprise computer. As Allen recalls in his memoir, "machines that behaved like people, …

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How to Be Naked

<b>True nakedness has nothing to do with sex.</b><p>It's funny that for as many headlines as we have about how to be better in bed or how to have more orgasms, there are shockingly few that encourage us to open up, to risk our hearts, to be truly naked.<p>Sex is wonderful; it's an amazing part of being alive. …

First supercapacitor on a silicon chip could power phones - Futurity

A supercapacitor built on a silicon chip by engineers at Vanderbilt University could store electricity for cell phones and solar cells.