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  • 2014 Oscar Preview: This Year's Race Off to a 'Grand' Start

    June 30 marks the year's midpoint -- i.e., the halfway mark of Oscar eligibility. And so far, 2014 is in better shape than last year. The fests have offered some hot contenders that will open later in the year, as usual. But the difference this year is...
  • Bot passes Turing Test; judges think it's a 13-year-old boy

    Bot passes Turing Test; judges think it's a 13-year-old boy
    For the first time, a computer program has officially passed the Turing Test, which measures a machine's ability to think for itself -- at least under the standards set by a competition in Britain. The achievement, being hailed as a milestone for the...
  • Alan Turing: born 1912, died 1954, resurrected 2013

    Alan Turing: born 1912, died 1954, resurrected 2013
    It's tempting to view Alan Turing as Britain's analogue to America's J. Robert Oppenheimer. Two certified scientific war heroes of the '40s, pilloried by their governments in the '50s for supposed offenses totally unrelated to their wartime service, in...
  • Mavis Batey dies at 92; renowned code-breaker for Britain in WWII

    Fifty miles north of London lies Bletchley Park, a railway town during World War II that had few, if any, sights to recommend it. It was here, to a rundown estate on the other side of the tracks, that 19-year-old Mavis Batey was dispatched in the spring...
  • John McCarthy dies at 84; the father of artificial intelligence

    John McCarthy dies at 84; the father of artificial intelligence
    In the mid-1950s mathematician John McCarthy issued a call for research on "Automata Studies," but the phrase was so bland that few people understood what he meant. So he came up with a more provocative description of the idea he was promoting. He called...
  • Gay British codebreaker Alan Turing given royal pardon

    Gay British codebreaker Alan Turing given royal pardon
    Dr. Alan Turing, the World War II-era British codebreaker who is often said to be the father of the modern computer, received a posthumous royal pardon Tuesday, close to 60 years after he committed suicide. The pardon’s announcement comes during...
  • CANNES: Star-Studded Pre-Sales Events Lure International Buyers

    For nearly seven decades, top talent has descended on the Croisette for splashy parties and black-tie movie premieres. But in the past couple years, more and more actors and directors have been arriving in Cannes, Berlin and AFM for equally star-studded...
  • Towson University gets patent for technology to help blind Internet users

    Towson University gets patent for technology to help blind Internet users
    While blind people can browse the Internet through a variety of means, there is often one thing that stops them cold — a security feature known as a CAPTCHA that's designed to distinguish human users from robots. CAPTCHAs, in which a user must...
  • Amy Adams' 'Big Eyes' Set for Awards Season

    The Weinstein Co. has dated "Big Eyes," starring Amy Adams and Christoph Waltz, for a Christmas release in the U.S. -- positioning it for an awards season push. In the film, Adams portrays Margaret Keane and Waltz plays her husband Walter Keane, who...
  • Taking a step toward a machine that can think

    Taking a step toward a machine that can think
    Jim Gimzewski grabs a silicon wafer with a pair of tweezers and raises it to the light, thinking about Jackson Pollock, snowflakes and Tibetan mandalas. No bigger than a quarter, the wafer looks like a small circuit board with a dozen or so electrodes...
  • SquareOne Nabs Rights to Cumberbatch's 'Imitation Game' (EXCLUSIVE)

    Squareone Entertainment has acquired German rights and partnered with Telepool on the historical drama "The Imitation Game," starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley. Morten Tyldum directed the film from Graham Moore's script, based on Andrew...