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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye
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'Weaponized Ad Technology': Facebook's Moneymaker Gets a Critical Eye

Facebook has made a mint by enabling advertisers to identify and reach the very people most likely to react to their messages.

This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow
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This Military Tech Could Finally Help Self-Driving Cars Master Snow

The research conducted at the country's National Laboratories is usually highly classified and specifically aimed at solving national security problems. But sometimes...

Low Bandwidth? Use More Colors at Once
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Low Bandwidth? Use More Colors at Once

A team of researchers has simplified the manufacturing process enabling the utilization of multiple colors simultaneously on an electronic chip instead of one color...

Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI
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Google Just Gave Control Over Data Center Cooling to an AI

Google says the cooling systems of several of its data centers are now governed by an artificial intelligence algorithm.

Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 10-25%
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Mobile App Extends Smartphone Battery 10-25%

Researchers at the University of Waterloo in Canada have developed a mobile app that purportedly reduces the energy consumption of Android smartphones.

A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices
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A Twist in Graphene Could Make for Tunable Electronic Devices

Researchers have demonstrated proof of principle for a method of controlling graphene's rotation and the dynamic variance of its electrical, optical, and mechanical...

As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster
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As Cars Collect More Data, Companies Try to Move It All Faster

Cars need to get faster—not on the road, but on the inside.

Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures
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Crowdsourcing Algorithms to Predict Epileptic Seizures

More than 10,000 crowdsourced algorithms can enable clinically relevant epileptic seizure prediction across a broad spectrum of patients.

Transistor Technology May Improve Speed, Battery Life for Computers, Mobile Phones, Other Electronics
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Transistor Technology May Improve Speed, Battery Life for Computers, Mobile Phones, Other Electronics

Purdue University researchers have developed a technology design for field effect transistors that incorporates lasers.

Robots Have Power to Significantly Influence Children's Opinions
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Robots Have Power to Significantly Influence Children's Opinions

Researchers have demonstrated that young children are much more susceptible than adults to having their opinions and decisions influenced by robots.

AI Has a Racial Bias Problem. Google Is Funding Summer Camps to Try to Change That
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AI Has a Racial Bias Problem. Google Is Funding Summer Camps to Try to Change That

The Oakland, CA-based nonprofit AI4All will use a $1-million grant from Google.org to broaden its outreach to young underrepresented minorities and women.

LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart
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LiveTag Is Out to Make Dumb Objects Smart

University of California, San Diego researchers are developing a Wi-Fi-based system using inexpensive tags that can be stuck to everyday non-electronic objects....

How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind
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How to Make a Robot Use Theory of Mind

Imagine standing in an elevator as the doors begin to close and suddenly seeing a couple at the end of the corridor running toward you.

Researchers Study Disparities in STEM Career Aspirations for Underrepresented Students
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Researchers Study Disparities in STEM Career Aspirations for Underrepresented Students

Researchers measured the sociodemographic disparities and changes in career aspirations in STEM fields among U.S. high school students.

Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts
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Six Things About Opportunity's Recovery Efforts

NASA's Opportunity rover has been silent since June 10, when a planet-encircling dust storm cut off solar power for the nearly-15-year-old rover.

Common Wi-Fi Can Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags
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Common Wi-Fi Can Detect Weapons, Bombs, and Chemicals in Bags

Rutgers University-New Brunswick researchers found common Wi-Fi technology can easily identify weapons, bombs, and explosive chemicals in bags at public venues....

Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models
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Oracle Open-Sources Graphpipe to Make It Easier to Deploy Machine Learning Models

Oracle has released an open-source tool called Graphpipe to facilitate the deployment of machine learning models.

Rethinking Social Networks
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Rethinking Social Networks

The WBPA (Weighted Betweenness Preferential Attachment) model developed at Carnegie Mellon University shows how social networks change and develop over time.

Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More
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Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More

A mean robot could motivate human employees to improve their cognitive performance, compared to supervision by a friendly robot or no robot supervision, researchers...
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