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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.

Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One
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Need a Hypothesis? This A.I. Has One

Slowly, machine-learning systems are beginning to generate ideas, not just test them.

Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Software Stalks Malware in the Wild
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Software Stalks Malware in the Wild

A new tool can pinpoint online malware source code repositories with 89% accuracy.

Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study
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Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study

Researchers found a weak relationship between early technology use and later technology use, indicating fears of widespread, long-lasting tech addiction may be...

Simple Eye Exam With Powerful Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis
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Simple Eye Exam With Powerful Artificial Intelligence Could Lead to Early Parkinson’s Disease Diagnosis

The researchers deployed a type of artificial intelligence called support vector machine (SVM) learning, which has been around since 1989.

Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather
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Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather

Designers and appliance makers increasingly rely on a host of technological innovations to update the traditional tasks of cooking, storing and cleaning up.

The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated
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The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated

Appliance designers and manufacturers increasingly rely on technological advances to modernize the kitchen.

IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later
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IBM Apologizes For Firing Computer Pioneer For Being Transgender...52 Years Later

You've likely never heard of 82-year-old computer scientist Lynn Conway, but her discoveries power your smartphones and computers.

Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London
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Autonomous Robot Cars to Deliver Medicine Around London

A fleet of autonomous, electrically-powered robot vehicles has started delivering medicine to care homes in London's Borough of Hounslow as part of a public trial...

Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize
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Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize

The Association for Computing Machinery named a U.S.-Chinese team of nine researchers as recipients of the 2020 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Deep Potential Molecular...

3D Bioprinted Heart Could Train Tomorrow's Surgeons
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3D Bioprinted Heart Could Train Tomorrow's Surgeons

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have fabricated the first full-size three-dimensionally (3D) bioprinted human heart model from magnetic resonance imaging...

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Secure Internet-Connected Devices Against Cyber Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Senate this week unanimously passed the bipartisan Internet of Things Cybersecurity Improvement Act to strengthen the cybersecurity of Internet-connected...

An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver
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An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver

Many automakers now offer driving monitors as optional or standard components that warn parents if their teenagers are not driving well.

Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV
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Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV

The U.S. Army has outlined draft objectives for a range of Robotic Combat Vehicles.

Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications
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Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications

Driven by a magnetic field, the coated objects can crawl, walk, or roll on different surfaces.

When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'
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When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'

New research renews concerns about bias in image recognition services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. 

AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning
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AI Research Finds 'Compute Divide' Concentrates Power, Accelerates Inequality in Era of Deep Learning

An unequal distribution of compute power in academia is exacerbating inequality in deep learning, say researchers at Virginia Tech and Western University.
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