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NRAM Set to Spark a 'Holy War' Among Memory Technologies
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NRAM Set to Spark a 'Holy War' Among Memory Technologies

A non-volatile memory technology based on carbon nanotubes could be more disruptive to enterprise storage, servers, and consumer electronics than flash memory when...

DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech
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DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge project.

Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup
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Man vs. AI Machine in Texas Hold'em Matchup

Four top professional poker players will challenge an artificial intelligence system in a 20-day Heads-Up No-Limit Texas Hold'em poker tournament billed as an "epic...

Obama White House's Final Tech Recommendation: Invest in AI
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Obama White House's Final Tech Recommendation: Invest in AI

The White House has recommended continued investment in artificial intelligence research and development to shore up the U.S. economy and help the country "stay...

China's Policing Robot: Cattle Prod Meets Supercomputer
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China's Policing Robot: Cattle Prod Meets Supercomputer

Chinese researchers have developed an "intelligent security robot" and deployed it in a Shenzhen airport.

White House: AI Will Be Critical Driver of U.S. Economy
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White House: AI Will Be Critical Driver of U.S. Economy

A new White House report says artificial intelligence can be a critical economic and societal driver with its development supported by a collaboration between industry...

New Law in Mass. Attempts to Raise IT Pay for Women
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New Law in Mass. Attempts to Raise IT Pay for Women

A new Massachusetts statute signed this month by Gov. Charlie Baker could help close the wage gap between men and women in the information technology industry.

Boston Is Nation's Top Tech-Talent Exporter
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Boston Is Nation's Top Tech-Talent Exporter

The U.S. technology worker population currently totals 4.8 million, according to CBRE's 2016 Scoring Tech Talent report.

China Claims Exascale by 2020, Three Years Before U.S.
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China Claims Exascale by 2020, Three Years Before U.S.

China wants to deliver an exascale computing system by 2020, three years ahead of the U.S. plan to achieve the same goal.

U.S. Gets Warnings and Advice About the Internet of Things
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U.S. Gets Warnings and Advice About the Internet of Things

Industry groups have submitted more than 130 reports to the U.S. Department of Commerce detailing positive and negative aspects of the Internet of Things.

Study Reveals Only 1 in 6 Drivers Want Fully-Autonomous Vehicles
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Study Reveals Only 1 in 6 Drivers Want Fully-Autonomous Vehicles

Most U.S. drivers do not want to own a fully self-driving car in the future, according to a University of Michigan survey. 

Silicon Valley's Tech Workforce Diversity Has Long Way to Go, Say Feds
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Silicon Valley's Tech Workforce Diversity Has Long Way to Go, Say Feds

Much progress remains before Silicon Valley's technology industry has a truly diverse workforce, says an analysis by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

White House Worries About Bad AI Coding
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White House Worries About Bad AI Coding

The White House released a report this week suggesting it may be important to develop ethical frameworks for designing automated computer systems. 

Feds Seek Public Input on the Future of IoT
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Feds Seek Public Input on the Future of IoT

The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment on the Internet of Things.

New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin
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New Electronic Display Is 10 Times Thinner Than Human Skin

University of Tokyo researchers have developed a thin-film electronic display that can be laminated onto a person's body without the wearer knowing it is there. ...

A Fleet of Self-Driving Trucks Rumbles Across Europe
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A Fleet of Self-Driving Trucks Rumbles Across Europe

A fleet of about 12 self-driving trucks from six manufacturers for the first time completed a trip across parts of Europe this week. 

One-in-Three Developers Fear AI Will Replace Them
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One-in-Three Developers Fear AI Will Replace Them

A survey of developers found nearly a third identify the most worrisome part of their careers as the potential to be replaced by artificial intelligence.

Google: Self-Driving Car Followed 'the Spirit of the Road' Before Accident
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Google: Self-Driving Car Followed 'the Spirit of the Road' Before Accident

Google says it has gained insights concerning a Feb. 14 accident in which one of its autonomous vehicles collided with a city bus in Mountain View, CA. 

With STEM Degrees, It's Not the School That Matters
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With STEM Degrees, It's Not the School That Matters

The prestige of a school offering science, technology, engineering, or math degrees may have little impact on how much its graduates earn.

U.S. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers
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U.S. Military Wants to Create Cyborg Soldiers

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is working to create a chip to implant in a soldier's brain to connect it directly to computers. 
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