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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 

Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop
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Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop

A prototype wearable device blocks microphones in the vicinity from eavesdropping on conversations.

Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses
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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses

In recent years, ransomware attacks have crippled computer networks and extorted money to restore access to users.

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content
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Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

The U.K. has introduced a plan to give the country's media regulator Ofcom new responsibilities for monitoring Internet content.

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.

An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away
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An Algorithm That Grants Freedom, or Takes It Away

Local authorities in the U.S. and Europe use predictive governance algorithms to assess people's risk of criminality, and base probation, jail time, and other decisions...

Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over
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Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over

Trucking companies are equipping drivers with wearable monitors that check for signs of fatigue, and notify them when it’s time to pull over and rest.

Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images
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Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw has released a free tool, designed to help journalists identify doctored photos, including those generated through the use of artificial intelligence. 

Mapping Potholes by Phone
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Mapping Potholes by Phone

A new app for mapping potholes and road quality takes advantage of the accelerometers in smartphones.

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves
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Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

If the future lets people focus on work instead of driving during the daily commute, many of us will have to conquer motion sickness to read memos (or tweets)....

Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.
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Killer Robots Aren’t Regulated. Yet.

"Killing in the Age of Algorithms" is a New York Times documentary examining the future of artificial intelligence and warfare.

A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?
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A Few Cities Have Cornered Innovation Jobs. Can That Be Changed?

A report found that 13 innovation industries were mainly sited in a handful of urban areas in the U.S.

Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired
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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Researchers discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

How VR Is Augmenting Realty
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How VR Is Augmenting Realty

Over the past 30 years, virtual reality has evolved from a science fiction curiosity to an essential tool for the real estate industry. 

A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home
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A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home

The TERA project is one of the latest experiments in constructing homes with the aid of 3D printing technology. 

Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It
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Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It

The Kiwi Campus startup near the University of California, Berkeley, offers robot meal deliveries to students, with remote "pilots" in Colombia setting and adjusting...

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri
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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet...

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything
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Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

The gymnastics world championships in Germany used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate athletes' performance.

That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code
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That Music You're Dancing To? It's Code

Sonic Pi is a coding language that may be used to construct melodies in real time at live coding shows.
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