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AI Programmed to Learn at Human Speed

Researchers have created a computational model that enables artificial intelligence to learn the way humans do, according to an article published last week. The model gives AI the ability to recognize handwritten alphabetical characters as fast as humans can. While AI systems have been able to learn...

SCIENCE

Cloaking Device Produces True Invisibility

An invisibility cloak under development at Duke University is a new and improved version of one announced in 2006 by the same researchers. This latest version, developed by Scientists at Duke's Pratt School of Engineering, solves some of the problems the earlier one had with reflections of light. Th...

Smart Headlights Create Fair-Weather Visibility in Rain and Snow

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University's Robotics Institute have announced a smart headlight system that could improve visibility for drivers of automobiles in bad weather. The system uses cameras and a processor to predict the path of raindrops and snowflakes in front of an automobile and redire...

SCIENCE

Physicist Ian Appelbaum Puts New Spin on Semiconductors

University of Delaware's Dr. Ian Appelbaum is looking to "spin" his research on the magnetic properties of electrons to get more electronic enhancements from semiconductors. Appelbaum's research is now funded in part with a nearly half-million dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Defense Experim...

TECHNOLOGY SPECIAL REPORT

Socially Intelligent Software: Agents Go Mainstream

Software agents are beginning to emerge from their initial status as a computing and communications curiosity, and are providing customer service on the Net for major companies like Microsoft and Symantec. While the popular conception of an agent is a cartoon character who interacts with a Web site ...

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