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Hackers Beat University Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours
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Hackers Beat University Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours

Ethical hackers conducted simulated cyberattacks on U.K. university defenses, and were able to successfully access "high-value" information within two hours.

How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics
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How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics

At the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life workshop, Pope Francis presented a letter warning of developing technologies without first considering societal costs...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World
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How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

Imagine a world where you can find out exactly what lies under your feet, get advanced warning of volcanic eruptions, look around corners or into rooms, and detect...

Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars
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Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars

A scientific coalition is urging a ban on the development of weapons governed by artificial intelligence.

The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder
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The US Cannot Crush Us, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained
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What Is Article 13? The EU's Copyright Directive Explained

The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.

Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet
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Russia Considers 'Unplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State
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Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State

Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled electric robot that travels on pavements to deliver packages to customers in Snohomish County, WA.

Radar Technology Used to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads
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Radar Technology Used to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads

A new smart sensing technology  could help spread grit and salt on icy roads more efficiently.

'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer
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'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer

Researchers have constructed a three-dimensional virtual reality model of tumor samples, with each individual cell mapped.

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages
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The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages

Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British...

The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds
From ACM TechNews

The Chef That Can Make a Gourmet Burger Every 30 Seconds

A restaurant in San Francisco employs two robots to prepare gourmet burgers for diners.

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built
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The Designer Changing the Way Aircraft Are Built

Generative design is being employed to design seatbelt brackets in cars, motorbike chassis, cabin partitions in passenger aircraft, and other everyday industrial...

Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-Up Robots
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Inside Sellafield's Death Zone With the Nuclear Clean-Up Robots

The defunct Thorp nuclear reprocessing plant at Sellafield, Cumbria in the U.K. is a toxic environment that must be cleaned up by robots.

China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter
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China's Xinhua Agency Unveils AI News Presenter

China's Xinhua state news agency has debuted a virtual newsreader that the agency said "can read texts as naturally as a professional news anchor."

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom
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Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

A robot recently addressed the U.K.'s Parliament on the future role of artificial intelligence in British education.

Cardiff University's New X-Ray Method Reveals Ancient Scroll
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Cardiff University's New X-Ray Method Reveals Ancient Scroll

Researchers have developed an x-ray tomography technique to reveal hidden text inside damaged and unreadable scrolls.

Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?
From ACM News

Hologram Phone Calls; Sci-Fi or Serious Possibility?

High-speed 5G networks could lead to big changes in how we use our mobile phones, allowing us to enjoy virtual reality on-the-go, interactive live broadcasts, and...
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