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Five years ago, the Sikorsky UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter got a digital cockpit and fly-by-wire controls. Starting in 2011, the US Army would like it to perform missions without a pilot at the helm. In a 140-page "Unmanned Aircraft Systems Roadmap" released earlier this month, the Armed Forces revea...

April 28th 2010 at 7:13am 0 Comments
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Heads-up, hardy hackers. Those of you too timid to put Android on your N810 the hard way now owe somebody a (big) hug, as the Android Installer makes installation a lesson in simplicity. We won't bother rehashing the play-by-play in this space, but suffice to say all the hand-holding you need is ju...

July 9th 2008 at 8:30am 0 Comments
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The computer program Chinook has been vanquishing human opponents in checkers for over ten years. Now, scientists at the University of Alberta (Chinook's home) say they have improved the program so that it can never lose. EVAR! No opponent, whether human, bacterium, or computer, can win when facing...

July 21st 2007 at 1:29pm 0 Comments
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A team of researchers at the University of Alberta in Canada claim to have "solved" the game of checkers, using a computer program named Chinook which has been playing matches against itself for the past 18 years. The program played 500 billion billion possible positions in the 5,000-year-old game,...

July 20th 2007 at 10:24am 0 Comments