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 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work
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Developers are Fans of Blockchain, but Most Have Not Used it Much at Work

A survey finds that most people are interested in Ethereum, but only 24% of surveyed developers have built anything with blockchain.

Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers
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Coding with Wonder Woman: Microsoft Project to Educate the Next Generation of Programmers

In partnership with NASA, Smithsonian Learning Labs, and others, the lessons use space exploration, museums, and popular movies to teach the principles of programming...

Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities
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Google to Release DeepMind's StreetLearn for Teaching Machine Learning Agents to Navigate Cities

Google is preparing a November release of its DeepMind unit's StreetLearn dataset for training machine learning models to navigate cities without a map.

Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers
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Why Kotlin Is Exploding in Popularity Among Young Developers

Kotlin is the second-most-popular coding language among software developers after Rust, according to a Stack Overflow survey.

New Low Light Camera Tech Will Improve AR Apps, Facial Recognition in Smartphones
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New Low Light Camera Tech Will Improve AR Apps, Facial Recognition in Smartphones

Researchers in Israel have developed new imaging software that could help improve facial recognition systems and augmented reality apps on smartphones.

The State of Women in Computer Science
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The State of Women in Computer Science

Several factors are preventing women from pursuing and persisting in computer science majors.

Why It's Important For the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM
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Why It's Important For the Tech Industry to Get More Young Girls Interested in STEM

Jewelbots CEO Sara Chipps says the de-socialization of girls from science, technology, engineering, and math disciplines starts early.

Cybersecurity Researchers Claim Every Network Router at Risk of Secretly Leaking Data
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Cybersecurity Researchers Claim Every Network Router at Risk of Secretly Leaking Data

Researchers have demonstrated a method for stealing information by exploiting a network router's light-emitting diodes.

Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017
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Artificial Intelligence: The 3 Big Trends to Watch in 2017

Experts expect artificial intelligence trends to progress in three major areas in 2017.

­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'
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­.n. Opens Formal Discussions on AI-Powered Autonomous Weapons, Could Ban 'killer Robots'

Leaders at the United Nations in Geneva just agreed to officially discuss guidelines for the design, development, and engineering of autonomous weapons. Here's...

Tech's Gender Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better, Report Says
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Tech's Gender Gap Is Getting Worse, Not Better, Report Says

Unless technology companies and educators start reaching out to young women and girls, the number of women in the computer science field will drop, a new report...

Mit's 'moral Machine' Crowdsources Decisions About Autonomous Driving, but Experts Call It Misguided
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Mit's 'moral Machine' Crowdsources Decisions About Autonomous Driving, but Experts Call It Misguided

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab's "Moral Machine" platform lets the public judge the types of ethical decisions autonomous vehicles should make...

Australia Says Its First Self-Driving Car Can 'navigate Without Driver Input'
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Australia Says Its First Self-Driving Car Can 'navigate Without Driver Input'

An autonomous automobile developed by German manufacturer Bosch in collaboration with the Australian government were to be tested on Australian roads this week....

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.

MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands
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MIT AI System Predicts When People Will Kiss, Hug, or Shake Hands

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed an artificial intelligence that can accurately predict human interactions.

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. 
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