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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. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI
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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI

The U.S. government has warned employers that artificial intelligence technology for screening new job candidates or tracking productivity could violate civil rights...

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.

Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War
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Satellite Modems Nexus of Worst Cyberattack of Ukraine War

A cyberattack anchored on a satellite network owned by U.S-based Viasat and used by Ukraine's government and military underscores the vulnerability of commercial...

NHL Launching Faceoff Probability Stat with AWS Technology
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NHL Launching Faceoff Probability Stat with AWS Technology

The National Hockey League is launching a faceoff probability statistic, using Amazon Web Services to apply 10 years of data and in-game analytics.

Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022
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Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022

Major League Baseball is extending its automated strike zone test to Triple-A, the highest minor-league level, for 2022.

Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test
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Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

Autonomous technology developer TuSimple said its self-driving unmanned semitruck completed an 80-mile trip in Arizona on public roads without human intervention...

Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists
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Island Becomes Open-Air Lab for Tech-Savvy Volcanologists

Volcanologists are using cutting-edge technologies to study a rare volcanic eruption on La Palma, one of Spain's Canary Islands.

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.

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 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.

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...

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.

Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems
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Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems

The majority of the approximately 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines...

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.
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