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Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race
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Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race

Some investors expect trucks to overtake cars in becoming fully autonomous and profitable, as trucks face fewer regulatory and technological barriers to deployment...

South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases
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South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases

South Korea in January plans launch a pilot project to track the movements of persons infected with COVID-19 and anyone with whom they had close contact

IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years
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IBM Says Quantum Chip Could Beat Standard Chips in Two Years

IBM said new techniques for building the chip eventually will produce more qubits, when combined with advances in the quantum computer's refrigeration and control...

Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks
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Latest Russian Cyberattack Targeting Hundreds of U.S. Networks

Microsoft warns the Russia-based agency Nobelium has targeted hundreds of U.S. companies and organizations, in its latest cyberattack.

Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software
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Apple Warns of Cybercrime Risks if EU Forces it to Allow Others' Software

An Apple analysis of the threats of side-loading warned of malicious apps migrating to third-party stores and infecting consumer devices.

Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently
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Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently

Google said it intends to test the use of artificial intelligence to optimize traffic-signal timing in Rio de Janeiro.

Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots
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Pandemic Pushes Chinese Tech Giants to Roll Out More Courier Robots

Chinese technology giants Alibaba, Meituan, and JD.com plan to increase their courier robot fleets fourfold to more than 2,000 by next year.

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories
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Rent-a-Robot: Silicon Valley's Answer to Labor Shortage in Smaller U.S. Factories

Venture capitalists are investing in leasing robots from Silicon Valley startups to smaller U.S. factories amid a labor shortage.

Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories
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Robot Apocalypse Hard to Find in America's Small, Mid-Sized Factories

Although analysts have warned that millions of blue-collar jobs in the U.S. industrial heartland will soon be displaced by robots, that is not yet the case at small...

As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones
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As Spain's Beaches Fill Up, Seaside Resort Sends in Drones

Officials in the town of Sitges in northeastern Spain are using drones for real-time crowd monitoring along 18 km of beach as COVID-19 cases rise.

WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT
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WWW Code That Changed the World Up for Auction as NFT

Tim Berners-Lee's original source code for what would become the World Wide Web is part of a non-fungible token soon to be auctioned off.

Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created
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Meet Grace, the Healthcare Robot COVID-19 Created

Hong Kong-based Hanson Robotics has developed a prototype robot to engage with seniors and those isolated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data
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France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data

The French government says Google and Microsoft cloud computing technology could be used to store sensitive state and corporate data, providing it is licensed to...

Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech
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Spotify Urged to Rule Out 'Invasive' Voice Recognition Tech

Musicians and human rights groups have called on Spotify to estop use of a recently developed speech recognition tool it developed for suggesting songs.

U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash
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U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash

Several U.S. banks are rolling out artificial intelligence systems to analyze customer preferences, monitor employees, and detect suspicious activity near ATMs....

Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes
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Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes

A robot is using ultraviolet light to kill viruses aboard Swiss passenger planes, in a test being conducted with airport services company Dnata in the United Arab...

Microsoft Targets 50,000 Jobs with LinkedIn 'Re-skilling' Effort
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Microsoft Targets 50,000 Jobs with LinkedIn 'Re-skilling' Effort

Microsoft said it will hire 50,000 people for jobs requiring technology skills over the next three years, as part of a broader campaign with LinkedIn to re-skill...

New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes
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New Wave of 'Hacktivism' Adds Twist to Cybersecurity Woes

Activist hackers looking to make political statements constitute emerging threats to U.S. cybersecurity.

 Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection
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Japanese Smart City Offers Residents Quake, Privacy Protection

After the 2011 earthquake, local governments have partnered with companies and researchers to improve residents' lives
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