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Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.
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Girls Get Tech. They Just Need Others to Believe It.

A survey on the use of smartphones, tablets, laptops, and gaming devices found girls on equal footing with boys in terms of technology, or exceeding them in some...

The Rise of the Robot Reporter
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The Rise of the Robot Reporter

As reporters and editors find themselves the victims of layoffs at digital publishers and traditional newspaper chains alike, journalism generated by machine is...

How Do You Govern Machines That Can Learn? Policymakers Are Trying to Figure That Out
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How Do You Govern Machines That Can Learn? Policymakers Are Trying to Figure That Out

Expert discussions on artificial intelligence took place last week in support potentially arrive at consensual recommendations for AI policy by the summer.

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Small farms are starting to upgrade to high-tech operations.

With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules
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With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules

A group of companies are testing unmanned aviation technology to prove drones can fly delivery routes without crashing into each other, and that they can be tracked...

Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines
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Overlooked No More: Karen Sparck Jones, Who Established the Basis for Search Engines

A pioneer of computer science for work combining statistics and linguistics, and an advocate for women in the field.

Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet’s Precursor, Dies at 81
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Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet’s Precursor, Dies at 81

Lawrence Roberts insisted that engineers look for practical uses for the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet.

One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine
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One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

In early December, researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google's parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from the frontiers...

A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch
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A Robotic Hand Plays the Piano With a More Human Touch

Researchers have developed a robotic hand that can play the piano.

A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical ­ses
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A Toaster on Wheels to Deliver Groceries? Self-Driving Tech Tests Practical ­ses

Slow uptake of driverless passenger services is spurring the autonomous industry to experiment with offerings like food deliveries from small, self-driving vehicles...

This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon
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This Graduate School Helped Make New York Appealing to Amazon

Cornell Tech's reputation for producing skilled technology graduates played a decisive role in Amazon's decision to build its new headquarters in New York City....

AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay
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AI as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay

Companies are turning to services that use artificial intelligence to vet potential hires amid a tight labor market.

Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver
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Meet Zora, the Robot Caregiver

Jouarre, a nursing facility outside Paris, is using a robot to help care for elderly patients.

As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans
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As Immigrant Farmworkers Become More Scarce, Robots Replace Humans

In response to the diminishing supply of immigrant labor, the U.S. agriculture sector is increasingly turning to robots that can do the work traditionally done...

Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence
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Finally, a Machine That Can Finish Your Sentence

Google researchers have unveiled an artificial intelligence system that can complete English sentences with human-like accuracy.

How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions
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How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions

Some of the most critical work in advancing China's technology goals takes place in a former cement factory in the middle of the country's heartland, far from the...

At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges
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At China’s Internet Conference, a Darker Side of Tech Emerges

Discussion topics included counterterrorism, data breaches, and surveillance.

Another ­se for AI: Finding Millions of ­nregistered Voters
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Another ­se for AI: Finding Millions of ­nregistered Voters

IBM's Jeff Jonas has for several years used his artificial intelligence software for a multistate project to identify eligible voters and purge voter rolls of inaccuracies...

The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI
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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster...

What Comes After the Roomba?
From ACM News

What Comes After the Roomba?

It has been 16 years since the Roomba robot vacuum cleaner was introduced by iRobot.
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