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Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot
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Man Diagnosed with Wuhan Coronavirus Is Being Treated Largely by a Robot

The first person diagnosed with the Wuhan coronavirus in the U.S. is being treated with the help of a robot at Providence Regional Medical Center in Everett, WA...

Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit
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Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit

A man paralyzed from the waist down has broken the world record for finishing a marathon in an exoskeleton suit.

First 3D-Printed Neighborhood Being Built in Mexico
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First 3D-Printed Neighborhood Being Built in Mexico

Social housing nonprofit New Story is using a giant three-dimensional (3D) printer to create the world’s first 3D-printed neighborhood in a rural section of Tabasco...

Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia
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Cellphone Detection Cameras Rolled Out in Australia

Australia's state of New South Wales has started using high-definition detection cameras to identify drivers illegally using cellphones while driving.

That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns
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That Smart TV You Just Bought May Be Spying on You, FBI Warns

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation is warning consumers that televisions that offer Internet streaming and facial recognition capabilities may be vulnerable...

Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen
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Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen

A Pew Research Center study found 75% of Americans desire greater government regulation of consumer data, while about an equal percentage doubt the government will...

Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia
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Twenty-Seven Countries Sign Cybersecurity Pledge with Digs at China, Russia

Twenty-seven countries signed a joint cybersecurity pledge in a lead-up to the U.N. General Assembly's General Debate last week.

Robot Racism? Yes, Says Study Showing Humans' Biases Extend to Robots
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Robot Racism? Yes, Says Study Showing Humans' Biases Extend to Robots

The results of a recent study suggest people ascribe racial characteristics to humanoid robots, and apply race-based prejudices to machines.

Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind
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Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind

Facebook is collaborating with academia to develop a non-invasive technique to type words onto a computer directly from a user's brain.

Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030
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Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030

A study by Oxford Economics anticipates machines will replace human workers in about 20 million manufacturing jobs across the world over the next decade.

If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...

Europe Making AI Rules Now to Avoid New Tech Crisis
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Europe Making AI Rules Now to Avoid New Tech Crisis

The European Commission this week introduced ethics guidelines to inform the development of artificial intelligence.

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

Doctor ­ses 5G to Direct Surgery Live From Mobile World Congress
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Doctor ­ses 5G to Direct Surgery Live From Mobile World Congress

A surgical team in Spain excised a tumor from a patient's colon under the remote direction of a surgeon via a 5G-enabled live video link from Mobile World Congress...

Virtual Makeovers Are Better Than Ever. Beauty Companies Are Trying to Cash In
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Virtual Makeovers Are Better Than Ever. Beauty Companies Are Trying to Cash In

Augmented reality is being pushed to the mainstream by apps in the beauty industry that serve as a consumer tool for trying on makeup.

­niversity of California Tells Students Not to ­se WeChat, WhatsApp in China
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­niversity of California Tells Students Not to ­se WeChat, WhatsApp in China

The University of California has warned students and faculty against using messaging apps and social media while visiting China.

AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face
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AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face

A new artificial intelligence technology accurately identifies rare genetic disorders using a photo of a patient's face.

FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says
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FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not sufficiently protecting medical devices from being hacked, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence
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The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon's high-tech research agency laid the groundwork for the Internet, stealth aircraft and self-driving cars. Now, it's going big on artificial intelligence...

Rare Enigma Machine Fetches 45,000 Euros at Auction
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Rare Enigma Machine Fetches 45,000 Euros at Auction

A rare Enigma machine used by Nazi Germany during World War II was sold at auction Tuesday for 45,000 euros ($51,500). 
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