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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). 

The Billion Dollar War Over Maps
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The Billion Dollar War Over Maps

During a test drive near Ford's Michigan headquarters, the team noticed something strange with its self-driving cars.

Could the ­S Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?
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Could the ­S Take Out North Korea's Missiles Before Launch?

A failed missile launch in North Korea Sunday has brought renewed attention to reports that the United States is trying to degrade North Korea's missile capabilities...

U.s. Military Spending Millions to Make Cyborgs a Reality
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U.s. Military Spending Millions to Make Cyborgs a Reality

The U.S. military is spending millions on an advanced implant that would allow a human brain to communicate directly with computers.

Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist
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Could a Robot Have Written This Story? The Rise of the Robo-Journalist

At large news agencies where speed is crucial, template-style stories have long been used for company results, allowing journalists to simply key in the relevant...

Will Nano Technology Soon Allow You to 'swallow the Doctor'?
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Will Nano Technology Soon Allow You to 'swallow the Doctor'?

Imagine a swarm of microscopic robots, so tiny that a teaspoon can hold billions of them.

Lighting on the Wall: World's Most Spectacular Video Projections
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Lighting on the Wall: World's Most Spectacular Video Projections

Sydney has had a radical makeover this summer, with the famous Opera House dressed in snakeskin and the underpass dotted with flowers to mark the city's Vivid festival...

New Technology Aims to Rid World Cup of 'ghost Goals'
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New Technology Aims to Rid World Cup of 'ghost Goals'

In 1966, British soccer legend Geoff Hurst booted a right-foot shot against Germany in the World Cup championship game.

Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech
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Americans Wary of Futuristic Science, Tech

While the majority of Americans surveyed think tech developments will make life in the next half-century better, 30 percent said they would make life worse. 

Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here
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Forget Wearable Tech, Embeddable Implants Are Already Here

Smartphone mapping features are great for getting directions, until you lose signal.
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