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Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge
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Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge

Digital twins give urban planners, policymakers, resource managers, asset owners, and citizens more dynamic tools and information about their smart cities.

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses
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Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses

Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented reality contact lenses to allow wearers access to the Internet in real time.

Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance
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Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street banks are accelerating their research into quantum computing.

3D Printing Offers Hope of Building Human Organs From Scratch
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3D Printing Offers Hope of Building Human Organs From Scratch

Scientists in Israel used three-dimensional (3D) printing to create perfusable cardiac tissue that was able to beat.

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI
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Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI

Novartis and Microsoft have agreed to a five-year partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new drugs faster, and with greater precision.

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook
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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when...

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.

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.
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