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The No-Code Generation is Arriving
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The No-Code Generation is Arriving

No-code tools are successful because they are connecting with a new generation that understands precisely the sort of logic required by these platforms to function...

$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19
From ACM TechNews

$3M Breakthrough Prize Goes to Scientist Designing Molecules to Fight Covid-19

The Breakthrough Prize Foundation named the University of Washington's David Baker to receive $3 million for his use of computers to design complex molecules.

Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs
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Apple Mistakenly Approved Widely Used Malware to Run on Macs

Security researchers found that Apple inadvertently passed a well-known form of malware for use on Mac systems through its notarization process.

Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election
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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.

MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement
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MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement

A diverse group of researchers developed a robot to remotely measure vital signs in patients for Covid-19 with contactless equipment.

Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities
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Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

Ford will use two of Boston Dynamics' Spot robots to help the automaker update the original engineering plans of a transmission manufacturing plant, as a pilot...

A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam
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A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam

A hacker this week accessed an "admin" tool on Twitter to commandeer prominent Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam, according to a person with direct...

Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses
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Drone-Deployed Sterile Mosquitoes Could Check Spread of Insect-Borne Illnesses

An international team of researchers created a technique to more quickly control mosquito populations and reduce insect-borne disease.

AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods
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AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods

A coalition of more than 1,000 researchers, academics, and experts in artificial intelligence condemned soon-to-be-published research claims of predictive crime...

Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning
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Norway Pulls Its Coronavirus Contact Tracing App After Privacy Watchdog's Warning

Norway has suspended use of a coronavirus contact tracing application to allow changes to be made.

Silq is a High-level Programming Language for Quantum Computers
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Silq is a High-level Programming Language for Quantum Computers

Silq is a research project that does not yet run on any of the existing quantum hardware platforms.

'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen
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'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen

The astronauts manning SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month will control the capsule using a touchscreen...

Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors
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Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors

A new machine learning model  predicts normal physician drug prescribing patterns, using a patient's electronic health records as input.

Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak
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Facebook Speeds Up AI Training by Culling the Weak

Facebook engineers have accelerated the training of artificial intelligence (AI) agents by eliminating laggards. 

Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android
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Facebook Is Building An Operating System So It Can Ditch Android

Facebook is building an operating system from scratch so that its hardware is not at the mercy of Google and the Android operating system.

Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes
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Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes

Researchers have developed a highly efficient photogrammetric method that can turn aerial imagery into accurate three-dimensional (3D) surface maps in near-real...
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