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Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'
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Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'

Researchers claim breakthrough in study of 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical calculator found in sea

Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'
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Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'

The Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index estimated the electricity used to mine bitcoins last year equaled the annual carbon footprint of Argentina. ...

Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin
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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin

The nonprofit MAUI63 organization hopes to preserve New Zealand's endangered Maui dolphin with an aerial drone.

Tech Platforms Vowed to Address Racial Equity: How Have They Fared?
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Tech Platforms Vowed to Address Racial Equity: How Have They Fared?

Facebook and other major technology platforms pledged to improve their diversity and antiracism efforts this year in response to racial unrest in the U.S. How have...

Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen
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Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen

Oliver Wilson at the U.K.'s University of Reading has created a platform for three-dimensionally printing oversized models of pollen grains from high-quality scans...

'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
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'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?
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A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

Silent Film Reel Shows Staff Connected to Bletchley Park for First Time
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Silent Film Reel Shows Staff Connected to Bletchley Park for First Time

Footage, preserved in original canister, shows people who worked at secret wartime site

If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?
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If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can't be far behind.

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London
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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.

Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado
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Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado

Items seized after woman offered them for loan to university.

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

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.
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