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Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'
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Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'

School of Code is a U.K.-based startup that offers 15 weeks of free training at a "boot camp" for computer programming.

Cybersecurity Companies Race to Combat 'Deepfake' Technology
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Cybersecurity Companies Race to Combat 'Deepfake' Technology

Cybersecurity firms are researching techniques to foil potential deepfake attacks.

EU Plans Sweeping Regulation of Facial Recognition
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EU Plans Sweeping Regulation of Facial Recognition

The European Commission is planning regulation that will entitle European Union citizens to control the use of their facial recognition data.

Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship
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Lennon or McCartney? Machine Learning Tries to Crack Disputed Beatles Authorship

Researchers used machine learning to ascertain the authorship of disputed Beatles songs.

­.S. ­niversities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company
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­.S. ­niversities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company

U.S. universities are reevaluating their ties to Chinese artificial intelligence firm iFlyTek, whose voice recognition and analysis products are used by Chinese...

How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens
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How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens

Deloitte and other sources say China is home to about half the approximately 1,000 smart cities currently under development worldwide.

Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset
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Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset

Microsoft has deleted its MS Celeb dataset from the Internet.

China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to ­.S. Threats
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China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to ­.S. Threats

China is stepping up efforts to design and manufacture semiconductors, but self-sufficiency is a long way off .

Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health
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Alphabet, Apple Take Divergent Paths in Health

Alphabet and Apple are following different strategies to transform healthcare.

Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance
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Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance

Australian regulators are cautiously using artificial intelligence to address a lack of compliance across that nation’s financial sector.

Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act
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Banks ­se AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act

Over the past few years, banks have made significant strides in trader surveillance, embracing communication monitoring tools that look for obvious flash phrases...

Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition
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Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union is fighting a Danish firm's plan to use unmanned vehicles to move shipping containers around the Los Angeles port...

Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City
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Future Shock: Inside Google's Smart City

Google is using a 12-acre plot on the outskirts of Toronto to build a city of the future.

Scientist Warns Against Discoveries Made With AI
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Scientist Warns Against Discoveries Made With AI

Inaccurate findings are being made in some areas of biomedical research.

Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App
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Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App

Apple and U.S. insurance firm Aetna have partnered on a new Apple Watch application, through which users can access detailed health records.

Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds
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Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds

Columbia University researchers have developed a system that can produce intelligible synthetic speech through computer processing of human brain activity.

National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer
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National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Several European companies have trained artificial intelligence to detect signs of breast cancer.

Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019
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Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019

Last week's CES 2019 in Las Vegas showcased efforts by Google, Amazon, and Apple to advance connected home technology platforms.

Taiwan's Rice Farmers ­se Big Data to Cope With Climate Change
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Taiwan's Rice Farmers ­se Big Data to Cope With Climate Change

Taiwanese rice growers are using big data as a part of a pilot project to ensure the resilience of crop production in the face of climate change.

How the ­.K. Plans to Teach Computer Science to Every Child
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How the ­.K. Plans to Teach Computer Science to Every Child

The Raspberry Pi startup will train 40,000 U.K. teachers to teach computer science, with the ultimate goal of teaching computer science to all U.K. schoolchildren...
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