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It's Time to Establish a Quantum Computing Strategy, Study Suggests
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It's Time to Establish a Quantum Computing Strategy, Study Suggests

There's a critical mass of tech leaders interested in quantum computing, and current challenges to its widespread implementation are surmountable, says Classiq....

How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?
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How Safe is a Quantum-Safe Virtual Private Network?

Verizon aims to find out by testing the technology, which is geared at enhancing encryption methods using session key exchange security mechanisms, the carrier...

 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.

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 5 Most Popular Programming Languages Among Female Developers
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The 5 Most Popular Programming Languages Among Female Developers

More women are majoring in computer science than in the past, according to HackerRank's 2018 Women in Tech Report.

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.

How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment By 2021
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How Northeastern Plans to Reach Equal Male-Female Computer Science Enrollment By 2021

Carla Brodley, dean of Northeastern University's College of Computer and Information Science, aims to reach an equal male/female balance in computer science enrollment...

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...

100 Million Students Worldwide Will Learn to Code This Week For Hour of Code
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100 Million Students Worldwide Will Learn to Code This Week For Hour of Code

Computer Science Education Week begins today (December 5), and more than 100 million students worldwide will participate in Hour of Code, a 60-minute introduction...

Ddos Defenses Emerging From Homeland Security
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Ddos Defenses Emerging From Homeland Security

Public, private, and academic researchers are collaborating on new distributed denial-of-service defenses.

AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence
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AI Experts Weigh in on the White House Approach to Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence experts stress the need for clarity around certain economic and safety ramifications of artificial intelligence technologies.

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....
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