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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR
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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR

Virtual reality workplace training provider Talespin has developed virtual characters to train people in soft management skills such as firing employees.    ...

China Has Started a Grand Experiment In AI Education
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China Has Started a Grand Experiment In AI Education

China's investment in AI-enabled teaching and learning has exploded, marking the world's biggest experiment on AI in education.

Machine Learning System Automatically Translates Long-Lost Languages
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Machine Learning System Automatically Translates Long-Lost Languages

Some ancient languages that have never been deciphered could be in line for machine translation.

Training A Single AI Model Can Emit As Much Carbon As Five Cars in Their Lifetimes
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Training A Single AI Model Can Emit As Much Carbon As Five Cars in Their Lifetimes

Deep learning has a terrible carbon footprint, according to researchers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything
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The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

There was a time when the world's two great superpowers were obsessed with nuclear weapons technology.

The Man Turning China Into a Quantum Superpower
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The Man Turning China Into a Quantum Superpower

On September 29, 2017, a Chinese satellite known as Micius made possible an unhackable videoconference between Vienna and Beijing, two cities half a world apart...

China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.
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China's Tech Giants Want to Go Global. Just One Thing Might Stand in Their Way.

In the early 1980s, a cluster of fledging computer companies opened up shop in a chaotic corner of northwest Beijing, near the campuses of Peking and Tsinghua Universities...

Science vs. the State: A Family Saga at the Caltech of China
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Science vs. the State: A Family Saga at the Caltech of China

Three generations of personal and political history show the tensions between the Communist Party's need for knowledge and its need for ideological control.

Nine Charts That Really Bring Home Just How Fast AI Is Growing
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Nine Charts That Really Bring Home Just How Fast AI Is Growing

With so much hype surrounding artificial intelligence today, it can be difficult to know where things actually stand. Fortunately, a report (.pdf) issued by a group...

CRISPR Inventor Feng Zhang Calls for Moratorium on Gene-Edited Babies
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CRISPR Inventor Feng Zhang Calls for Moratorium on Gene-Edited Babies

Feng Zhang, one of the inventors of the gene-editing technique CRISPR, has called for a global moratorium on using the technology to create gene-edited babies. ...

A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution
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A Robot Scientist Will Dream ­p New Materials to Advance Computing and Fight Pollution

In a laboratory that overlooks a busy shopping street in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a robot is attempting to create new materials.

Cyber-Skills Shortage Means Students Are Being Recruited to Fight Off Hackers
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Cyber-Skills Shortage Means Students Are Being Recruited to Fight Off Hackers

Students with little or no cybersecurity knowledge are being paired with easy-to-use AI software that lets them protect the Texas A&M campus from attack.

China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI
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China's Leaders Are Softening Their Stance on AI

China might be at loggerheads with the United States over trade, but it is calling for a friendlier approach to the development of artificial intelligence.

­S Takes First Step Toward a Quantum Computing Workforce
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­S Takes First Step Toward a Quantum Computing Workforce

Quantum computers promise to transform computer security, finance, and many other fields by solving certain problems far faster than conventional machines.

Life As a Bug Bounty Hunter: A Struggle Every Day, Just to Get Paid
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Life As a Bug Bounty Hunter: A Struggle Every Day, Just to Get Paid

Evan Ricafort works from home, his office taking up a room in a house that he shares with his family along a national highway in the Philippines.

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

Why AI Researchers Shouldn't Turn Their Backs on the Military
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Why AI Researchers Shouldn't Turn Their Backs on the Military

More than 2,400 AI researchers recently signed a pledge promising not to build so-called autonomous weapons—systems that would decide on their own whom to kill....

AI Can Now Tell Your Boss What Skills You Lack – And How You Can Get Them
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AI Can Now Tell Your Boss What Skills You Lack – And How You Can Get Them

Coursera has unveiled a machine learning tool that shows companies what skills their employees are acquiring from its classes and their level of expertise.

DARPA Has an Ambitious $1.5 Billion Plan to Reinvent Electronics
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DARPA Has an Ambitious $1.5 Billion Plan to Reinvent Electronics

The U.S. military agency is worried the United States could lose its edge in semiconductor chips.

Million-Person Genetic Study Finds Gene Patterns Linked to How Long People Stay in School
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Million-Person Genetic Study Finds Gene Patterns Linked to How Long People Stay in School

The largest-ever genetic study on human cognition has found more than 1,000 links between people's genes and how far they get in school.
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