Computer game characters become more human-like by gossiping and lying

'In today's computer games, we often see a goal-driven dialogue where the player is limited to a number of predefined response alternatives. In my research, I study how we can use language technology to create more socially driven dialogues in games, with characters who can understand natural language.

Want your computer to go faster? Just add light

Every second, your com­puter must process bil­lions of com­pu­ta­tional steps to pro­duce even the sim­plest out­puts. Imagine if every one of those steps could be made just a tiny bit more effi­cient. “It would save pre­cious nanosec­onds,” explained North­eastern Uni­ver­sity assis­tant pro­fessor of physics Swastik Kar.

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.

Stanford engineers build computer using carbon nanotube technology

A team of Stanford engineers has built a basic computer using carbon nanotubes, a semiconductor material that has the potential to launch a new generation of electronic devices that run faster, while using less energy, than those made from silicon chips. This unprecedented feat culminates years of efforts by scientists around the world to harness this promising material.

Teaching a computer to play ‘concentration’ advances security, understanding of the human mind

Computer science researchers have programmed a computer to play the game Concentration (also known as Memory). The work could help improve computer security – and improve our understanding of how the human mind works.

Distinguishing quantum bits key to building large-scale computer

Researchers at the University of New South Wales have proposed a new method of distinguishing between quantum bits that are placed only a few nanometres apart in a silicon chip, taking them a step closer to the construction of a large-scale quantum computer.

Aaeon EPC-CV1 is an Atom-powered single-board computer

Aaeon's EPC-CV1 is powered by an Intel Atom N2600 x86 processor, which is somewhat of a rarity when it comes to single-board computers, as most are equipped with RISC-based ARM chips. 

Zotac Zbox gets an Intel Core i3/i5 update

Zotac recently revamped its Zbox mini computer lineup with Intel Core i3 and i5 processor options. 

Claim: Intel's Core i7-4960X Ivy Bridge-E SoC is only 10% faster

Hardcore tech enthusiasts are often quite excited when hardware benchmarks tip up before they are officially available.

Toshiba teases high-end KIRAbook

Toshiba is teasing a new high-end ultrabook computer which it plans to launch next month. Curiously, although there is plenty of official information regarding specs, pictures of the device have yet to go live. 

Commodore 64 emulator headed to Android-powered Ouya

When I was growing up I wanted a Commodore 64 computer so badly I could barely stand it.

MSI debuts uber-mini Wind Box DC110

The typical PC-on-a-stick packaged in a flash drive form factor may not have the power you need, especially if you are in the market for a versatile media center.

XPS 18 is Dell's thinnest and lightest AIO

Dell has debuted a slick all-in-one computer at a $900 price point. The XPS 18 - which is slated to launch on April 16 - features an 18.4-inch capacitive touch display with a native resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Valve no longer associated with Xi3? Not so fast.

The uber-mini Xi3 Piston small form factor gaming computer first debuted at CES 2013 in January, where Xi3 also confirmed it had received an investment from Valve for the device.

Levitating PC mouse may be the most awesome rodent ever

A designer named Vadim Kibardin has whipped up what might well be the coolest computer mouse ever.

Xi3 Piston pre-orders kick off at $900

Xi3 Corporation has officially kicked off pre-orders for its slick little Piston compact gaming PC at a $1,000 price point.

This 10-inch USB display can be used in direct sunlight

If you've ever tried to use a typical computer or tablet in direct sunlight, you know that it's pretty much impossible to read the screen.

Asus Transformer AiO-tablet runs Windows 8 and Android

Asus has launched an all-in-one computer (AIO) dubbed the Transformer AiO P1801.

MSI rolls out a gaming all-in-one

MSI has pulled the wraps off an all-in-one computer that is being billed as the company's first AIO designed specifically for gaming.

Zotac debuts an Android-powered StreamBox

Zotac has debuted an Android-powered set-top box PC dubbed the "StreamBox."