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Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords
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Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords

Princeton University's Arvind Narayanan and colleagues found 75% of 120 top-ranked English-language websites permit weak passwords.

Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test
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Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence researchers have proposed an update to the Turing test for rating the capabilities of AI technology.

Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels
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Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels

A new digital map uses satellite radar imagery to identify potential illegal fishing vessels.

Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages
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Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages

Stanford University researchers trained a microphone-outfitted robotic arm to locate objects like keys in a handbag by listening for telltale sounds while searching...

Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public
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Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public

The researchers behind a quantum computer that encodes data in pulses of light have connected it to the Internet and made it available for public use.

Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed
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Smart Contact Lens for Glaucoma Could Release Drugs When Needed

A prototype wireless contact lens could help treat glaucoma by automatically dispensing drugs when pressure inside the eye becomes excessive.

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions
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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs...

Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters
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Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters

Meta researchers used artificial intelligence to develop concrete that it claims generates 40% less carbon emissions than standard concrete mixtures.

Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds
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Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds

Researhers claim copper telephone wire already deployed across Britain can carry data at rates three times higher than fiber-optic cable at much less cost, over...

Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order
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Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order

Stanford University researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing system that can construct objects in any order, instead of layer by layer.

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls
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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors...

Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green
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Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University found driverless cars could be fooled into seeing red traffic lights as green.

Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked
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Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked

Ward Beullens at IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland easily cracked a cryptography algorithm touted as one of three contenders for a global standard against quantum...

People Are Bad at Spotting Fake LinkedIn Profiles Generated by AI
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People Are Bad at Spotting Fake LinkedIn Profiles Generated by AI

Scientists  found fake profiles produced by artificial intelligence on the business social network LinkedIn can easily deceive people.

AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems
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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems

Researchers trained an algorithm to remove facial tattoos from images, in order to improve facial recognition systems.

Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People
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Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People

Researchers found that people have a hard time distinguishing images of human faces created by artificial intelligence from images of real faces.

AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers
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AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers

Artificial intelligence can eliminate errors from a group of quantum bits, thanks to researchers at Germany's RWTH Aachen University.

Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online
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Birthday Wishes Inadvertently Give Away Private Information Online

Researchers have determined that birthday wishes on Twitter can inadvertently expose private data that could jeopardize recipients' online security.

Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin
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Quantum Computers a Million Times Too Small to Hack Bitcoin

Bitcoin is theoretically vulnerable to hacking by quantum computers, but calculations show they would need to be a million times larger than those that exist today...
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