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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...

How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data
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How Smartphone Apps Track ­sers and Share Data

Researchers analyzing about 33% of the Android apps in the Google Play Store found almost nine out of 10 track smartphone data and transmit it back to Google.

Virtual Reality Prepares Business Students for Digital Leadership
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Virtual Reality Prepares Business Students for Digital Leadership

The ESMT Berlin business school is using virtual reality to teach leadership in a digital world to executives from some of Germany’s biggest companies.

Neural Networks Allow ­S to 'Read Faces' in a New Way
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Neural Networks Allow ­S to 'Read Faces' in a New Way

Stanford University professor Michal Kosinski is using deep neural networks to illustrate the use of facial-recognition technology for invasive monitoring

Alibaba and Microsoft AI Beat Humans in Stanford Reading Test
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Alibaba and Microsoft AI Beat Humans in Stanford Reading Test

Artificial intelligence programs from China and the U.S. last week outperformed humans in a global reading comprehension test

Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research
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Online Gaming Yields First Results For Alzheimer's Research

Stall Catchers is an online computer game in which players use to analyze movies of blood flow to the brain as part of Alzheimer's disease research.

Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work
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Intelligent Machines Are Asked to Explain How Their Minds Work

Researchers are trying to teach intelligent machines to explain, in human terms, how their minds work.

'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News
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'hackathon' Attempts to STEM Proliferation of Fake News

A hackathon inspired by the influence of fake news on the U.S. presidential election seeks to incentivize the prioritization of truth.

AI Academic Warns on Brain Drain to Tech Groups
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AI Academic Warns on Brain Drain to Tech Groups

As artificial intelligence (AI) professionals increasingly seek positions within major technology companies, the exodus threatens to stall academic research in...

­S Military: Robot Wars
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­S Military: Robot Wars

When historians come to write about technological innovation in the first half of this century, they are likely to pay special attention to a US Navy drone called...

Computer Algorithm Created to Encode Human Memories
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Computer Algorithm Created to Encode Human Memories

Researchers at the University of Southern California and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have spent 10 years developing an implant to help a brain encode memories...

Will Software that Writes Code Alter Tech's Script?
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Will Software that Writes Code Alter Tech's Script?

Several companies are promising to create software that will be able to do most of the grunt work of writing software on its own. 

Wearable Technology Finds Its Place on Campus
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Wearable Technology Finds Its Place on Campus

Several universities are experimenting with wearable technologies as a way to improve classroom instruction. 

Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results
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Indonesian Techies Crowdsource Election Results

A trio of Indonesians working for international tech companies have used crowdsourcing to calculate a result for Indonesia's contested presidential election. 

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How to Raise a Personable Robot

Social roboticist Heather Knight's research focuses on making robots socially expressive so they can interact with people on a more personable level. 
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