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Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving
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Here's Why Self-Driving Cars May Never Really Be Self-Driving

Researchers are exploring unpredictable issues with autonomous car technology that might be solved with embedded software to avoid accidents.

Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research
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Columbus, Ohio, Region Boosts Smart Mobility Research

The Columbus, OH, region is funding smart mobility and driverless vehicle research.

DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech
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DARPA Wants to Create Secure Data-Sharing Tech

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is launching the Secure Handhelds on Assured Resilient networks at the tactical Edge project.

China's Policing Robot: Cattle Prod Meets Supercomputer
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China's Policing Robot: Cattle Prod Meets Supercomputer

Chinese researchers have developed an "intelligent security robot" and deployed it in a Shenzhen airport.

New Law in Mass. Attempts to Raise It Pay For Women
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New Law in Mass. Attempts to Raise It Pay For Women

A new Massachusetts statute signed this month by Gov. Charlie Baker could help close the wage gap between men and women in the information technology industry.

U.s. Gets Warnings and Advice About the Internet of Things
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U.s. Gets Warnings and Advice About the Internet of Things

Industry groups have submitted more than 130 reports to the U.S. Department of Commerce detailing positive and negative aspects of the Internet of Things.

Silicon Valley's Tech Workforce Diversity Has Long Way to Go, Say Feds
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Silicon Valley's Tech Workforce Diversity Has Long Way to Go, Say Feds

Much progress remains before Silicon Valley's technology industry has a truly diverse workforce, says an analysis by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission...

White House Worries About Bad AI Coding
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White House Worries About Bad AI Coding

The White House released a report this week suggesting it may be important to develop ethical frameworks for designing automated computer systems. 

Feds Seek Public Input on the Future of Iot
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Feds Seek Public Input on the Future of Iot

The U.S. Department of Commerce is seeking public comment on the Internet of Things.

Google: Self-Driving Car Followed 'the Spirit of the Road' Before Accident
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Google: Self-Driving Car Followed 'the Spirit of the Road' Before Accident

Google says it has gained insights concerning a Feb. 14 accident in which one of its autonomous vehicles collided with a city bus in Mountain View, CA. 

Vint Cerf and 260 Experts Give FCC a Plan to Secure Wi-Fi Routers
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Vint Cerf and 260 Experts Give FCC a Plan to Secure Wi-Fi Routers

Network and cybersecurity experts are critiquing U.S. Federal Communications Commission proposed rules for Wi-Fi routers and RF devices.

Get Ready to Live in a Trillion-Device World
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Get Ready to Live in a Trillion-Device World

University of California, Berkeley professor Alberto Sangiovanni-Vincentelli predicts the world will be completely suffused with tiny sensors within 10 years. 

Google Says Bye Bye, Captchas, Well, Mostly
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Google Says Bye Bye, Captchas, Well, Mostly

Google recently announced it has starting phasing out its CAPTCHAs in favor of using its reCAPTCHA service.

Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

U.S. House lawmakers go viral over information diffusion study funded by the feds.  

Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech
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Computer Scientists Say Meme Research Doesn't Threaten Free Speech

The heads of five of the U.S.'s largest computing research organizations are refuting political attacks on research on what makes ideas go viral, particularly on...

Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used
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Gps Tech Built to Find Missing Aircraft Not Always Used

Aviation experts have cited multiple possible reasons for the problems in the multi-country effort to locate the Malaysia Airlines jetliner that dropped off the...

Half of Americans Want to Live in a Smart City With Driverless Cars
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Half of Americans Want to Live in a Smart City With Driverless Cars

Nearly half of Americans want to live in a city where all vehicles are driverless, and a third think that might happen in the next 10 years, according to an Intel...

­.s. Appetite For Internet ­ser Data Not ­nique
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­.s. Appetite For Internet ­ser Data Not ­nique

Despite recent concerns about information collection by the United States, law enforcement agencies in Europe and other nations appear to gather equal or greater...

Icann Backflips on Batching For New Tlds
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Icann Backflips on Batching For New Tlds

ICANN recently announced that it will no longer attempt to batch new generic top-level domains in groups of 500.

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Fbi Seeks Social Media Monitoring Tool

The goal is to use the tool to keep on top of breaking events, incidents and emerging threats, the agency said in a recent Request for Information  from IT vendors...
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