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Can Chatbots Think Before They Talk?

An article about recent developments in computer programs that mimic human conversation ("chatbots"), particularly the use of modern artificial intelligence techniques to improve their discourse.

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Date of publication: 
Tue, 04/26/2016

Rich Data, Poor Fields

An article about use of digital resources and mobile devices to improve crops worldwide.

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Date of publication: 
Fri, 02/26/2016

In Privacy Law, It's the U.S. vs. the World

An article about the special position of the United States in internet privacy law, a topic under special scrutiny after the revelations of Edward Snowden.

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Date of publication: 
Tue, 01/26/2016

Mental Health Apps Listen and Guide

An article about apps that attempt to discern when their users exhibit signs of depression, mania, and other mental issues.

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Date of publication: 
Tue, 09/22/2015

The Filter Bubble: Is It Real? Does It Matter?

An article reviewing whether search engines et al. isolate us from unusual ideas and beliefs through a "filter bubble".

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Date of publication: 
Thu, 06/25/2015

Car Talk

Article about vehicle-to-vehicle (V2V) communication, touching on vehicle-to-infrastructure (V2I) efforts, government involvement, and models that feature V2V technologies.

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Date of publication: 
Mon, 02/23/2015

Energy Harvesting Extends Life of Small Devices

Article about using power gathered from radio waves, heat, and motion to power small devices such as sensors and cell phones.

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Date of publication: 
Tue, 01/06/2015

Drupal in Context column: Handrails for Everybody

A column for Volume 4, Issue 1 of "Drupal Watchdog", the print magazine distributed at the semi-annual DrupalCon. It discusses the importance of an "easy entry" to technology, and the struggles Drupal has experienced in that regard.

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Date of publication: 
Sun, 06/01/2014

Boot Camps Promise PhDs Fast Track to a Data Science Career

Ph.D.s: Want a month of all-expenses-paid training, with a six-figure job waiting for you when you're done? That's what a new crop of "data-science boot camps" offer -- for those who qualify. (Online-only article.)

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Date of publication: 
Thu, 10/30/2014

Waiting for the Smart Grid

The "smart" electric grid has held great promise for 15 years, but it's not always been clear how deeply it's penetrated our infrastructure -- or what benefits it's delivered. This article summarizes the current state of smart-grid technology, who's implemented it, and where improvements are likely to appear. Online only.

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Date of publication: 
Thu, 10/02/2014

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