Computer Science

Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles

Drones learn to navigate autonomously by imitating cars and bicycles

All today's commercial drones use GPS, which works fine above building roofs and in high altitudes. But what, when the drones have to navigate autonomously...
Will self-driving cars threaten your security

Will self-driving cars threaten your security

While every new generation of automobile technology brings new security risks, the vulnerabilities that come along with self-driving cars are unprecedented and understudied, a...
Inventing the “Google” for predictive analytics

Inventing the “Google” for predictive analytics

Companies often employ number-crunching data scientists to gather insights such as which customers want certain services or where to open new stores and stock...
Google searches reveal cause of post-holiday ‘baby boom’

Google searches reveal cause of post-holiday ‘baby boom’

Many studies cite seasonal changes to explain why birth rates peak in September—a “baby boom” nine months after the holidays. But new research finds that...
How card-playing A.I. beat top poker pros

How card-playing A.I. beat top poker pros

An artificial intelligence called Libratus beat four top professional poker players in No-Limit Texas Hold’em by breaking the game into smaller, more manageable parts...
VR lets users control robots from miles away

VR lets users control robots from miles away

New software allows people using virtual reality hardware to control robots over the internet. Even as autonomous robots get better at doing things on their...
New silicon structure opens the gate to quantum computer

New silicon structure opens the gate to quantum computer

In a major step toward making a quantum computer using everyday materials, a team led by researchers at Princeton University has constructed a key...
Try this! Researchers devise better recommendation algorithm

Try this! Researchers devise better recommendation algorithm

The recommendation systems at websites such as Amazon and Netflix use a technique called “collaborative filtering.” To determine what products a given customer might like,...
Amazon’s in-home delivery raises concerns

Amazon’s in-home delivery raises concerns

In certain cities, Amazon customers can opt for a new service—package delivery inside their homes while they’re away. The convenience has raised alarm about security...
Virtual reality makes journalism immersive, realism makes it credible

Virtual reality makes journalism immersive, realism makes it credible

Virtual reality technology may help journalists pull an audience into their stories, but they should avoid being too flashy, or their credibility could suffer,...