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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.    ...

Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution
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Virtual 'Universe Machine' Sheds Light on Galaxy Evolution

Researchers at the University of Arizona have used supercomputer simulations to understand how galaxies such as the Milky Way come into existence.

Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery
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Apple Transforms Central Park Into an Augmented Reality Gallery

Apple has launched an intiative called [AR]T, a curation of augmented reality art featured in a series of guided walks in New York City's Central Park.

Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles
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Canada Shows the Way on Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at universities across Canada are helping the country prepare for the coming autonomous vehicle and electric vehicle revolution, while raising Canada's...

Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech
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Legal Shield for Websites Rattles Under Onslaught of Hate Speech

U.S. lawmakers are debating Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protects websites from liability for user-generated content.

Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero
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Wearable Motion Sensors Could Monitor Baby In Utero

Researchers at the Stevens Institute of Technology have developed a technique that could allow expectant parents to hear their baby's heartbeat continuously at...

Google Maps for Tissues
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Google Maps for Tissues

Researchers at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Germany have developed software to help make sense of vast datasets generated by modern light microscopy...

Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos
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Two Fraudsters, One Passport – Computers Detect Fraudulent Identity Photos

Researchers at the University of Lincoln found that computers are more accurate than humans at detecting photos that have undergone face morphing, a digital manipulation...

Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test
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Sydney's $600M Smart Motorway Project to Be Put to the Test

Australia's New South Wales government will soon initiate trials for the $600-million (US$404-million) M4 Smart Motorway project.

Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates
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Waiting-Room Anxiety Eased With Apps That Give Updates

Startups and large healthcare organizations are developing tools designed to give parents frequent updates on what is happening to their children during surgeries...

People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs
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People With Autism Are Hot Hires for AI Jobs

Ernst & Young and other companies are recruiting people with autism for artificial intelligence jobs through neurodiversity hiring programs.

WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages
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WhatsApp Flaws Could Allow Hackers to Alter Messages

Cybersecurity firm Check Point Software Technologies found three potential ways to alter conversations in Facebook's WhatsApp messaging app.

NHS to Set Up National AI Lab
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NHS to Set Up National AI Lab

The U.K. National Health Service is launching a national AI laboratory to enhance the care of patients and facilitate research.

IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management
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IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management

IBM and a number of other multinational corporations have jointly developed a new blockchain network, with the goal of improving manual and cumbersome supply chain...

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

A Breakthrough in Explainable AI
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A Breakthrough in Explainable AI

Researchers create an artificial intelligence agent that explains its reasoning.

Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human
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Most People Would Rather Lose Their Job to a Robot Than Another Human

Most people would prefer to lose their job to a robot than to another person, but at the same time would rather see a co-worker replaced by a human than a robot...

'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'
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'Typically, If You Think of a Coder, It's a White Male'

The nonprofit Girls Who Code is collaborating with U.S. Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV) on legislation whose overarching goal is to help close the gender gap in computer...

Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud
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Visa to Test Advanced AI to Prevent Fraud

Visa is launching a platform to help its engineers quickly test artificial intelligence algorithms designed to detect and prevent credit card fraud.
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