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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines
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Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention.

'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study
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'Anonymized' Data Can Never Be Totally Anonymous, says Study

Researchers have developed a model to estimate how easy it would be to deanonymize an arbitrary dataset.

Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'
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Craigslist's Craig Newmark: 'Outrage is Profitable. Most Online Outrage is Faked for Profit'

The founder of the online classifieds site is a survivor of the era of Internet optimism. He rejects the idea his website helped cause journalism's financial crisis...

New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears
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New York School District's Facial Recognition System Sparks Privacy Fears

The Lockport, NY, city school district launch of a facial recognition system has resulted in some pushback from privacy advocates.

Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra
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Google's Drone Delivery Business Wins Approval in Canberra

Project Wing, a branch of Google parent Alphabet, has received approval from Australia's aviation regulator to deploy its drone delivery service for the city of...

­nsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s
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­nsung Bletchley Park Hero Whose Role in D-Day was Equal to Turing’s

Eric Jones is finally to be unmasked as the 'king of calm' in Hut 3 who channelled the work of the wartime codebreakers.

Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners
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Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners

Researchers have demonstrated a computer program that turns a normal digital camera into a periscope, allowing the camera to see objects hidden from view around...

Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads
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Victoria to Allow Trial of Driverless Cars on Country Roads

The state of Victoria in Australia has approved a trial of driverless cars on rural roads.

Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee
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Tech Giants May Have to be Broken Up, says Tim Berners-Lee

The World Wide Web inventor says Silicon Valley firms have too much clout and 'optimism has cracked'.

Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing
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Silicon Valley Finally Pushes for Data Privacy Laws at Senate Hearing

At a U.S. Senate Commerce Committee hearing on Wednesday, technology industry representatives argued in favor of implementing federal data privacy laws.

Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of ­npredictable Code
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Franken-algorithms: The Deadly Consequences of ­npredictable Code

The death of a woman hit by a self-driving car highlights an unfolding technological crisis, as code piled on code creates 'a universe no one fully understands'...

Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACL­ Says
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Amazon Face Recognition Falsely Matches 28 Lawmakers With Mugshots, ACL­ Says

A test of Amazon's facial recognition software incorrectly matched the faces of 28 U.S. legislators to images in a mugshot database.

Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?
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Holograms: Are They Still the Preserve of Science Fiction?

The fragile apparition endured only long enough to say: "Help me Obi Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope" before flickering out.

What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?
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What Is GDPR and How Will It Affect You?

You could be forgiven for thinking that Europe's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is a law created to fill your inbox with identikit warnings from every...

Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills
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Google DeepMind's AI Learns Human Navigation Skills

Google's DeepMind unit has developed an algorithm that outperforms people in solving a virtual maze.

Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With ­.S.
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Scientists Plan European AI Hub to Compete With ­.S.

Europe's leading scientists have crafted plans for a multinational European institute for artificial intelligence research.

Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?
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Has Dopamine Got ­s Hooked on Tech?

In an unprecedented attack of candour, Sean Parker, the 38-year-old founding president of Facebook, recently admitted that the social network was founded not to...

Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?
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Blockchain Is This Year's Buzzword, But Can It Outlive the Hype?

The speculation around cryptocurrencies has obscured the fact that blockchain, the decentralised, open-source ledger that drives bitcoin, could radically change...
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