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Texas Teen Creates App to Give His Sister a Voice
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Texas Teen Creates App to Give His Sister a Voice

Texas-based teenager Archer Calder created a Web-based application to give his sister Della, who has a speech-inhibiting genetic disorder, the means to communicate...

Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers
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Researchers Uncover Software Flaws Leaving Medical Devices Vulnerable to Hackers

Researchers say they have discovered over a dozen software vulnerabilities that could be used to crash medical devices and other equipment.

Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

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...

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.

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...

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.

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.

5 Biometric Alternatives to the Password
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5 Biometric Alternatives to the Password

There are many things that make you special: Your sense of humor, your dance moves, your personal style, the shape of your ear.

How Rodents and Coffee Could Shape Future Space Robots
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How Rodents and Coffee Could Shape Future Space Robots

What do artificial whiskers and coffee-filled balloons have in common?

How Corporate America Fights Hackers
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How Corporate America Fights Hackers

To defend themselves against hackers, some of America's largest corporations have adopted shadowy tactics usually reserved for government spies.

Japan: A Haven For Humanoid Robots
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Japan: A Haven For Humanoid Robots

Noriko Arai is not the first woman to spotlight the hazard that boys and their toys can present, and she won't be the last.
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