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How Quantum Computing Could ­npick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets
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How Quantum Computing Could ­npick Encryption to Reveal Decades of Online Secrets

The advent of a universal quantum computer could herald the end of effective data encryption.

Blockchain Could Bring Electronic Voting to Australia By 2017
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Blockchain Could Bring Electronic Voting to Australia By 2017

Australia intends to employ blockchain technology to let citizens vote online.

Toyota Teaches Cars to Drive By Studying Human Drivers
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Toyota Teaches Cars to Drive By Studying Human Drivers

The development of autonomous-driving capabilities and home-care robots are areas the recently created Toyota Research Institute (TRI) is exploring.

No Place For the Old? Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?
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No Place For the Old? Is Software Development a Young Person's Game?

Statistics and anecdotal evidence suggest software developers tend to be under 30.

Computer Science Teachers Need Cybersecurity Education, Says CSTA Industry Group
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Computer Science Teachers Need Cybersecurity Education, Says CSTA Industry Group

ACM's Computer Science Teachers Association is crafting a cybersecurity certification program for computer science teachers. 

IBM Watson Machine Learns the Art of Writing a Good Headline
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IBM Watson Machine Learns the Art of Writing a Good Headline

The latest milestone for IBM researchers in their development of the Watson platform is the creation of a system for automatically abstracting documents.

­nited Nations Cito: Artificial Intelligence Will Be Humanity's Final Innovation
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­nited Nations Cito: Artificial Intelligence Will Be Humanity's Final Innovation

United Nations chief information technology officer Atefeh Riazi emphasizes artificial-intelligence innovation as the next nexus of human technological advancement...

Online Tracking By News Organizations Is Excessive, Say Researchers
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Online Tracking By News Organizations Is Excessive, Say Researchers

Researchers at the University of Pennsylvania have found that news organizations permit far more use of third-party tracking than the average website. 

Angelica Lim: Flutist. Global Roboticist. Proud Master of a Robot Dalmatian Named Sparky.
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Angelica Lim: Flutist. Global Roboticist. Proud Master of a Robot Dalmatian Named Sparky.

Angelica Lim, a "developer on emotion recognition" on the Pepper robot at Aldebaran Robotics in Paris, specializes in building robots that can express emotions. ...

Alan Turing: The Man Behind the Myth
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Alan Turing: The Man Behind the Myth

Famed mathematician and codebreaking pioneer Alan Turing's nephew, Sir Dermot Turing, is seeking to debunk myths about his uncle. 

Women Leaders Cite Two Major Reasons For Issues Facing Women in Tech
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Women Leaders Cite Two Major Reasons For Issues Facing Women in Tech

During its recent 2015 Dreamforce conference, Salesforce launched its first Women's Leadership Summit.

Wozniak Talks: Self-Driving Cars, Apple Watch, and How AI Will Benefit Humanity
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Wozniak Talks: Self-Driving Cars, Apple Watch, and How AI Will Benefit Humanity

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak said he envisions artificial intelligence eventually controlling the world for the betterment of humanity.

Cynthia Breazeal: Social Robotics Pioneer. MIT Lab Leader. Proud Mom
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Cynthia Breazeal: Social Robotics Pioneer. MIT Lab Leader. Proud Mom

In an interview, Cynthia Breazeal, director of the robotics lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and creator of the Jibo family robot, explores her...

Web Inventor Berners-Lee: The Hidden Cost of Mass Surveillance
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Web Inventor Berners-Lee: The Hidden Cost of Mass Surveillance

Sir Tim Berners-Lee this week discussed the need for governments to end mass online surveillance.

Kentucky ­ses Ideafestival to Push Students Toward Hour of Code Movement
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Kentucky ­ses Ideafestival to Push Students Toward Hour of Code Movement

Kentucky Coders hopes to register 1 million Hour of Code coding events before December, starting at the 2014 IdeaFestival, an international event held in Louisville...

How an Algorithm Detected the Ebola Outbreak a Week Early, and What It Could Do Next
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How an Algorithm Detected the Ebola Outbreak a Week Early, and What It Could Do Next

HealthMap, an international mapping tool that detects and tracks diseases, identified the Ebola virus just over a week before it spread. 
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