AlphaGo uses machine learning to develop strategies for countering the best human players; this kind of adaptability could allow artificial intelligence to make contributions in fields such as medicine and climate science.
Researchers created a thin, flexible electronic 'skin' that glows in the dark – and gives a robot a sense of touch. Here's how the material works, and how could it be used in bendable electronics and mood-sensitive robots.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced the US military is launching cyber attacks on ISIS’s communications infrastructure in Mosul, Iraq. The attacks will try to disrupt ISIS’s ability to communicate ahead of a ground battle to retake the city.
Mercedes hired humans to replace robots on the production line of its plant in Sindelfingen, Germany. When it comes to assembling highly-customized autos, robotic workers can't yet match the dexterity and decision-making abilities of real people.
The Federal Communications Commission voted this week to allow third-party cable boxes to compete with the provider boxes found in most living rooms. The FCC says its 'Unlock the Box' vote will give customers better choices, but critics say it puts cable companies in a tricky position.
Google CEO Sundar Pichai, WhatsApp CEO Jan Koum, and a coalition of tech companies including Microsoft are defending Apple's refusal to bypass iPhone encryption. Here are the arguments for and against building a 'backdoor' into communications.
Researchers at the University of Southampton say they have created a way to store information for billions of years. How does the new format work, and why is it important to store data for the long haul?
Researchers in Israel were able to steal data from a computer that was disconnected from the Internet and sitting by itself in another room. Here's why the hack and others like it matter for the safety of cars, power plants, and financial networks.
AT&T and Verizon are beginning tests of 5G wireless technology, which promises speeds 10 to 100 times faster than 4G. 5G networks could eventually enable self-driving cars, the Internet of Things, and more.
After five decades of accurately predicting that processor speeds would double every two years, Moore's Law is slowing down. But just because microchip speeds are leveling out doesn't mean technology will stop improving.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration ruled this week that a car's driver need not be human. The ruling conflicts with state requirements that all cars have steering wheels and pedals, in case a person needs to take over control of a car.
Amazon's Lumberyard engine streamlines the process of video game creation and ties in with Twitch and Amazon's cloud services. Lumberyard is meant to appeal to indie developers, but could catch on with larger studios as well.
Google puts its self-driving cars through more than three million simulated miles of driving a day, testing software tweaks and behaviors. Before any software changes are made in the real world, they're tested extensively in Google's simulator.
Google is partnering with Movidius, a smartphone chip designer, to put machine learning technology in mobile devices. This tech could eventually allow smartphones to understand images, speech, and written words – and to solve problems on their own.