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In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors
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In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors

Once you've left the Earth, the simple inversion of a critical parameter can cause a mission to fail.

Joke-Cracking Chatbots Boost Learning Levels
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Joke-Cracking Chatbots Boost Learning Levels

The role of humor in training, and conversing with, chatbots.

Turning Back the Techno Clock
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Turning Back the Techno Clock

Vintage technology emulator sites feed nostalgia.

The Future of Supply Chains
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The Future of Supply Chains

Droids, drones, and driverless technologies are fueling a supply chain revolution.

Defending Against the Next Stuxnet
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Defending Against the Next Stuxnet

Experts are skeptical of an Iranian plan to evade Stuxnet replay attacks.

Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans
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Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans

Machine intelligence significantly reduces the time needed for an MRI scan, which can help reduce patient anxiety.

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
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Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

Eyes on the Skies
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Eyes on the Skies

Fighting delivery drone privacy invasions.

Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into
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Finally, Apps to Sink Your Teeth Into

Developers are beginning to incorporate teeth into new technologies.

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus
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Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Videoconferencing apps took off during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but more efficient ways to collaborate virtually are waiting in the wings.

Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era
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Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era

The robots policing people as they begin to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns are not being mistaken for anyone's friends.

Picking Locks with Audio Technology
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Picking Locks with Audio Technology

How eavesdropping smartphones could give thieves a copy of your front door key.

Stopping the Exploiters
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Stopping the Exploiters

An angry public demands an end to phishing sites exploiting Covid-19.  

Blocking Facial Recognition
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Blocking Facial Recognition

Facial recognition technology faces opposition from technology industry giants, and from the grass roots.

Hitting the Heights
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Hitting the Heights

Rocket-assisted airplane collisions fuel better drone impact simulators.

A Vector for Skulduggery
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A Vector for Skulduggery

Dark patterns have been migrating to smartphone apps.

Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage
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Driverless Cars Face Laser Sabotage

Attacks on the light-based radar (LiDAR) of autonomous vehicles could drive them off the road, or freeze them in their (tire) tracks.

Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems
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Dark Web's Doppelgängers Aim to Dupe Antifraud Systems

Digital doppelgängers that fool online payment fraud detection systems are a threat to your bank balance.

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
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Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.
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