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Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding
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Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding

New Zealand software firm Rocos announced a partnership with Boston Dynamics to repurpose the latter's four-legged robotic dog for sheep herding.

To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat
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To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat

Police departments in several U.S. cities are using updated software from Ford Motor that the automaker claims can kill the coronavirus.

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More
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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Researchers have developed prototype multifunctional e-glasses equipped with flexible electrodes near the ears and eyes.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real
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Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real

Some improvements to artificial intelligence may come from tweaks rather than core innovations, and some of those gains may not exist at all.

How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges
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States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges

Cash-strapped state and local governments are looking to Congress for funds to improve cybersecurity.

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations
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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,...

Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best
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Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best

A survey of developers found that that TypeScript has overtaken Python as the second most-preferred programming language.

Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption
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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction
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Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Supercomputer models determined that competition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens was likely responsible for the former's extinction in Eurasia.

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense
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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.

Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing
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Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

Researchers in Colorado used cellphone data to estimate how much Colorado residents have changed their behavior since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry
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Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft plans to launch a version of its cloud-based software to meet the needs of healthcare organizations.

Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology
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Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology

An international team of engineers and researchers created a framework to assess and document the clinical usefulness of wearable computing devices.

Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis
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Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis

Dispatchers and first responders are using technology like live video streams, text messaging, and crowdsourced data to help 911 centers during the COVID-19 pandemic...

Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip
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Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip

Researchers in Australia recorded the world's fastest Internet data speed from a single optical chip: 44.2 terabits per second.  

Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance
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Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance

Artificial intelligence has ushered in a new golden age of semiconductor innovation.
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