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Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever
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Why the Coronavirus Lockdown is Making the Internet Stronger Than Ever

Far from breaking it, the surge in usage the internet is seeing right now is driving a major upgrade.

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
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WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation

From today, messages identified as "highly forwarded" can be forwarded to a single person, instead of five.

A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future
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A Debate Between AI Experts Shows a Battle Over the Technology’s Future

The field is in disagreement about where it should go and why.

How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread
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How CDC is Trying to Forecast Coronavirus's Spread

A group of researchers at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) is one of several dozen teams enlisted by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to adapt their annual...

This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own
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This Robot Taught Itself to Walk Entirely on Its Own

Researchers at Google have developed a four-legged robot that learned to walk completely on its own in just a few hours. 

Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour
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Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour

Researchers at McAfee have demonstrated that adversarial machine learning can thwart autonomous driving systems.

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
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IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space
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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different...

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

Video Games Are Causing a National Crisis in South Korea
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Video Games Are Causing a National Crisis in South Korea

The World Health Organization's decision in May 2019 to add "gaming disorder" to its official catalog of illnesses has been called a vindication by some, though...

Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital
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Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital

People are being distracted by apps on their phones, and getting injured as a result.

Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?
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Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?

Finding help can be a struggle for gamers who feel their playing has gotten out of control.

Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before
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Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

The computational power needed to train AI models is doubling at a rate seven times faster than before.

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders
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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR
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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR

Virtual reality workplace training provider Talespin has developed virtual characters to train people in soft management skills such as firing employees.    ...

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer
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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.
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