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How Do U.S. Students' Computer, Information Literacy Skills Stack Up?
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How Do U.S. Students' Computer, Information Literacy Skills Stack Up?

An international study gauges students' computer and information literacy skills, along with computational thinking.

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology
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Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology

Hyundai researchers developed next-generation active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders
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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.

Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours
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Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

Researchers have developed a method of three-dimensionally printing a bionic hand that incorporates muscle sensors to control an articulated thumb, enabling it...

Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years
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Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years

Garry Kasparov and DeepMind's CEO Demis Hassabis discuss Kasparov's new book "Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins," his chess...

UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019
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UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019

The Living Computers museum in Seattle has been running UNIX version 0 on a DEC PDP-7 minicomputer.

Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?
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Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Researchers are using the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer to simulate the Cascadia Subduction Zone.

Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR
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Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR

Fordham University students are using virtual reality technology to build their business skills in simulated environments.

AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship
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AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

A artificial intelligence system based on genetic evolution has learned to automatically evade online censorship by repressive governments.

Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles
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Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence to detect unattended children or animals left in vehicles when the driver leaves with 100% accuracy...

IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer
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IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer

IBM has launched a global weather model that it says offers more accurate forecasts for the entire world and can provide details for regions as small as two miles...

How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide
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How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide

Researchers have found Russia's Internet censorship laws have troubling implications for online freedom in the U.S. and other countries that share its decentralized...

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa
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Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa

South African software developers in the fintech and cloud services sectors are the most highly paid developers, according to the “2019 State of South Africa's...

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes
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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered...

Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality
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Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality

Artificial intelligence researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have created a system that detects when someone is eating and calculates their carbohydrate...

The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point
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The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point

AI, robotics, and industrial software are rapidly approaching a tipping point that could correspond with the greatest level of stock outperformance.

How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?
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How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?

Israeli and Spanish companies are offering three-dimensionally (3D)-printed meat products synthesized from plant protein. 
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