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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving
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Congress Mandates Technologies to Stop Drunk Driving

The U.S. Congress is requiring automakers to develop technologies that prevent drunk driving.

Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust
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Boxing Body Uses AI Vetting of Judges to Restore Trust

The International Boxing Association used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate judges and referees before clearing them for the current men's world championships...

States at Disadvantage in Race to Recruit Cybersecurity Pros
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States at Disadvantage in Race to Recruit Cybersecurity Pros

U.S. states face a shortage of cybersecurity professionals and lack the deep pockets to compete with federal, global, and specialized cybersecurity companies.

U.S.-Built Databases Potential Tool of Taliban Repression
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U.S.-Built Databases Potential Tool of Taliban Repression

Experts fear the Taliban could exploit expansive databases built by the U.S. and its allies during the Afghanistan occupation as tools for surveillance and repression...

Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID
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Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Service sector jobs increasingly are being automated amid the pandemic, as companies navigate worker shortages and higher labor costs.

Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey
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Robotic Ship Sets Off to Retrace the Mayflower's Journey

The Mayflower Autonomous Ship set off this week to retrace the journey of its 1620 namesake across the Atlantic Ocean.

EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life
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EU Plans Digital ID Wallet for Post-Pandemic Life

The European Union has announced plans for a post-pandemic smartphone application to enable EU residents to access services across the bloc.

EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit
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EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit

The EU has released plans to strengthen its three-year-old voluntary code of practice on online disinformation.

Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making
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Amazon Cloud Technology Aids NFL in Schedule Making

The National Football League used Amazon Web Services' cloud platform to arrange its just-released 272-game 2021 schedule.

3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options
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3D-Printed Home in Dutch City Expands Housing Options

A new three-dimensionally printed home in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, could become commonplace as the country deals with a housing shortage.

Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops
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Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops

Dutch farmers are adopting palm-sized drones to protect their crops against moths.

AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise
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AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's final report to Congress calls on the U.S. to enhance its AI skills as a means of countering China...

In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government
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In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government

Blockchains LLC's CEO Jeffrey Berns aims to create a futuristic "smart city" in Nevada where residents purchase goods and services with digital currency and record...

GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups
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GM to Run Driverless Cars in San Francisco Without Human Backups

General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit said it will remove human backup drivers from the driverless vehicles it is testing on San Francisco streets by year's...

Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.
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Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.

Switzerland's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Adrian Lobsiger called a U.S.-Swiss program for shielding personal information shared between...

U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights
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U.K. Court Says Face Recognition Violates Human Rights

The U.K. Court of Appeal ruled Tuesday that British police's use of facial recognition technology violates human rights and data protection laws.

China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System
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China Celebrates Completion of Rival Satellite Navigation System

China has completed its BeiDou Navigation Satellite System (BDS), with the 55th and final geostationary satellite in the constellation launched June 23. BDS-3...

Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches
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Australian Watchdog Accuses Google of Privacy Breaches

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission has filed suit against Google for allegedly misleading millions of Australian account holders about the use of...

Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic
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Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic

A small number of devout Muslims are being allowed to participate in the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca this year, tailored for the coronavirus pandemic with the latest...

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19
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Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19

Restaurant chains are testing the use of cooking robots.
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