Carnegie Mellon computer searches web 24/7 to analyze images and teach itself common sense

A computer program called the Never Ending Image Learner (NEIL) is running 24 hours a day at Carnegie Mellon University, searching the Web for images, doing its best to understand them on its own and, as it builds a growing visual database, gathering common sense on a massive scale.

Facebook privacy changes lead to more data being shared

After users attempted to keep more information private, Facebook altered its privacy settings to make more data public than ever, research from Carnegie-Mellon University has shown.

Grammar undermines password security

The grammar you use - good or bad - when constructing a password can be enough to help someone crack it, say researchers at Carnegie Mellon University.

Water-mining lunar robot revealed

Carnegie Mellon University spinoff Astrobotic Technology has now completed a full-size prototype of a solar-powered robot designed to search for water ice at the moon's poles.

Geoengineering 'feasible and affordable'

Injecting material into the stratosphere to reduce global warming may or may not be a good idea - but it is both possible and cost-effective, according to a thorough cost analysis.

Smart headlights shine around the rain

Imagine driving at night in a rainstorm - but still being able to see clearly, with the raindrops almost invisible.

New technology delivers smarter touchscreens

Intelligent doorknobs and gesture-controlled smartphones could be on the way, thanks to a new sensing technique developed by Disney Research and Carnegie Mellon University.

Video game tech adapted for real world driving

If you've ever played a racing game with a specialized steering wheel, chances are you've experienced haptic feedback when hitting an object, another vehicle, or veering off the side of the road.

What words get you censored in China?

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have analyzed millions of Chinese microblogs to discover exactly what terms are being censored.

Quarter of tweets 'not worth reading'

A quarter? Seriously, only a quarter? But that's the proportion of tweets that Twitter users say are a waste of time.

Image matching software recognises photos, paintings, sketches

Carnegie Mellon researchers say they've created a computerized way of matching images in photos, paintings and sketches that's almost as good as the human eye.

New touchscreen technology gives users more control

Carnegie Mellon researchers have developed a touchscreen technology that distinguishes taps made by different parts of the finger.

Disney system allows projected animations to interact

Disney Research, together with Carnegie Mellon University, has developed a system that lets animated images from two separate handheld projectors interact with each other on the same surface.

OmniTouch turns any surface into a touchscreen

Microsoft Research and Carnegie Mellon University have created a wearable projection system that turns pads of paper, walls or even a user's own hands into graphical, interactive surfaces.

App grabs personal data using facial recognition

Carnegie Mellon University researchers say they can identify strangers on the internet using just one photo - and even predict part of their social security number.

Online shoppers pay more when privacy guaranteed

An ingenious study has found that online shoppers - often thought to be motivated primarily by cost - are, in fact, often willing to pay extra to buy from vendors with strong privacy policies.

Video: This robot plays the vibraphone

The one-man band has gone high tech with the introduction of the Vibratron. Yes, this bad boy can pretty much do the job of a multiple percussion players with its unique ability to play multiple vibraphone keys at the same time.

Carnegie Mellon team builds 'time machine' for data visualization

With support from Google, researchers have built a system allowing viewers to explore gigapixel-scale, high-res videos and image sequences by panning or zooming in and out while simultaneously moving through time.