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Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops
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Alphabet Trialing Solar-Paneled, Robotic Buggies to Inspect Crops

Google parent Alphabet is piloting a project to revolutionize agriculture and food production by using solar-powered electric buggies to monitor crops.

WEF Says Machines Will Create More Jobs Than They Destroy, but Warns of Pandemic 'Double-Disruption'
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WEF Says Machines Will Create More Jobs Than They Destroy, but Warns of Pandemic 'Double-Disruption'

The World Economic Forum predicts robotics and artificial intelligence advancements will lead to a net increase in jobs over the next five years.

Report Shows It Could Take 12 Years to Reach Equal Representation of Women in Tech
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Report Shows It Could Take 12 Years to Reach Equal Representation of Women in Tech

Women technologists account for 28.8% of the technology workforce this year, up from 25.9% in 2018 and 26.2% in 2019, according to AnitaB.org's 10th annual "Top...

DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield
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DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield

The Department of Justice proposed new legislation last week to reform a key legal liability shield for the tech industry known as Section 230.

Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs
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Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, on Friday performed a live demonstration of a wireless interface in three pigs, allowing the animals' neural...

Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges
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Some Hospitals Tracking Covid-19 by Adding Sensors to Employees' Badges

About 50 hospitals use sensor technology to monitor whether staff are washing their hands when they enter and exit patient rooms, and to keep tabs on expensive...

Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX
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Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX

Google has launched new online certificate programs in data analytics, project management, and user experience design, through the online learning platform Coursera...

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-Coders Build Apps

Amazon Web Services has launched a service that enables non-coders to write applications, which could broaden the cloud service's audience beyond programmers.

Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps
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Amazon Launches Cloud Service to Help Non-coders Build Apps

Amazon already leads the cloud infrastructure market, and now it's expanding its cloud product lineup with a tool for people who don't code.

Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus
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Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus

The NBA plans to use smart technologies to protect players and staff as 22 teams prepare to play at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Tech Companies Say They Value Diversity, but Reports Show Little Change in Last Six Years
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Tech Companies Say They Value Diversity, but Reports Show Little Change in Last Six Years

A CNBC analysis of minority hiring by tech companies found they have made little progress since vowing to increase diversity six years ago.

Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor
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Underwater Drones Join Hunt for Trillions in Mineral Riches Trapped on Ocean's Floor

The nascent seabed mining industry is using underwater drones to map the ocean floor in the hunt for precious minerals worth trillions.

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots
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Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots

Scientists worldwide are developing robotic skin to imbue machines with tactile perception, and even allow them to feel pain in some cases.

The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
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The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese companies are scrambling to deploy robots and automation to take over for absent workers as the coronavirus spreads. 

The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor
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The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor

Employer review website Glassdoor's report on the 50 best jobs in the U.S. for 2020 includes 20 technology professions, which also filled the top seven spots.

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots
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Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant.  

The U.S. Cities Where Robots Impact Jobs Most
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The U.S. Cities Where Robots Impact Jobs Most

Midwestern states saw the sharpest growth in robots used in the workplace from 2009 to 2017, according to a new report.
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