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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic
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U.S. Opens Probe of Cruise Robotaxi Braking, Clogging Traffic

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is investigating reports that General Motors' Cruise autonomous robotaxis can brake too quickly or stop moving...

San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill
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San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to grant city police the option to deploy potentially lethal robots in emergency situations.

Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs
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Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs

Japan's government is urging the public to sign up for digital IDs, warning they could lose access to public health insurance otherwise.

Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines
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Computer Experts Urge Georgia to Replace Voting Machines

A group of computer and election security experts said hand-marked paper ballots should replace Georgia's Dominion Voting Systems touchscreen voting machines.

Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You
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Amazon Keeps Growing, and So Does Its Cache of Data on You

Amazon is expanding its reach into the healthcare and smart home industries through its acquisition of a primary care company and a merger with iRobot.

California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet
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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan
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U.S. Drone Company Zipline Starts Delivering Medicine in Japan

U.S. drone firm Zipline is delivering medical supplies to pharmacies and hospitals in southwestern Japan via aerial drones.

Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use
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Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use

Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation to lift a ban on facial recognition technology and to permit police to use it in certain scenarios.

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.

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.

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.

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...

Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic
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Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic

An app designed by a Japanese teenager uses GPS so people can use their iPhones to track their whereabouts and help with contract tracing during the coronavirus...

'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors
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'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors

Recent movies have made extensive use of digital visual effects to make performers appear younger.

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat
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Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone...

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots
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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.

Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

It can't dribble, let alone slam dunk, but Toyota's basketball robot hardly ever misses a free throw or a 3-pointer.

How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot
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How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot

As a freshman last season at Michigan, Isaiah Livers shot 36 percent from 3-point range. Decent, but not great.

­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show
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­S-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

A global battle between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening Monday of...
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