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Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus
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Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus

Some restaurants in the Netherlands preparing to reopen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are planning to use robot waiters.

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders
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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic...

Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears
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Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Teams of workers at the Belgian port of Antwerp are preparing to test a bracelet designed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic by enforcing social distancing...

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned
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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic...

U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive
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U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive

U.S. dairy farmers are using technology to boost efficiency and control costs amid low milk prices and Americans buying less milk. 

'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.

Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On
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Gym Class Without the Gym? With Technology, It's Catching On

Wearable fitness trackers are helping make online physical education more popular for students by adding the dimension of accountability.

Tech Aims to Predict Problems on Power Lines Before Disaster
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Tech Aims to Predict Problems on Power Lines Before Disaster

A new diagnostic tool designed to detect power line problems is being used by utilities to address those problems before they become disasters.

AI Moves Into Healthcare
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AI Moves Into Healthcare

Artificial intelligence's diffusion into medicine is at a nascent stage, but researchers expect further proliferation.

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...

Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones
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Australia Using Technology to Catch Drivers on Phones

The Australian state of New South Wales will be the first jurisdiction in the world to use cameras to catch distracted drivers on their smartphones.

NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon
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NASA Chooses MS­ Researchers' Computer for Trial on Moon

A radiation-hardened computer designed by Montana State University researchers was chosen by the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration to be tested...

­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V
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­ber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous S­V

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices
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Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices

Hyundai and Subaru unveiled distracted driver alert systems for their mainstream models last month at the New York International Auto Show.

NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities
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NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has initiated the last stage of a four-year project to develop a national drone traffic management system...

States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife
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States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife

Public transportation agencies in nearly every state are using drones, according to a recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials...

Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections
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Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections

Estonia is currently the only country in the world that authorizes online voting for its entire electorate, due to its confidence in its Internet voting (i-voting)...

­sing Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections
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­sing Smartphones to Sound Out Sign of Kids' Ear Infections

University of Washington scientists have developed a pediatric ear-infection diagnostic technique that uses a smartphone to detect fluid accumulation behind the...

Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections
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Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections

Microsoft is working with Galois to develop open source software to secure elections.
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