Computer scientists have developed an algorithm that works out a vehicle's destination using only its starting location and speed throughout its journey.
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Google can identify and transcribe all the views it has of street numbers in France in less than an hour, thanks to a neural network that's just as good as human operators. Now its engineers reveal how they developed it.
In July, an analysis of the most highly contested articles on Wikipedia revealed the controversies that appear invariant across languages and cultures.
In October, nanotechnologists designed and built a disk that can store data for a million years or more.
In September, network theorists working for the US military worked out how to identify the small “seed” group of people who can spread a message across an entire network
In September, a team of Google engineers showed how to translate one language into another by finding the linear transformation that maps one to the other.
In July, materials scientists built a window that allows the passage of air but not sound.
In February, following the collapse of the social network Friendster, computer scientists carried out a digital autopsy to find out what went wrong.
In February, African physicists built the first laser with a beam that can be controlled and shaped digitally.
As life has evolved, its complexity has increased exponentially, just like Moore’s law. In April, geneticists announced they had extrapolated this trend backwards and found that by this measure, life is older than the Earth itself.