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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio
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How a Historian Stuffed Hagia Sophia's Sound Into a Studio

Researchers at Stanford University were able to capture the acoustics of the Hagia Sophia, prior to the Byzantine cathedral in Istanbul being rededicated as a Muslim...

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)
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For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission
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Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

Researchers are using computer models to determine how the coronavirus moves through a community, building, or small group of people.

This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition
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This Tool Could Protect Your Photos From Facial Recognition

Researchers at the University of Chicago want you to be able to post selfies without worrying that the next Clearview AI will use them to identify you.

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot
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The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?

Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?
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Can an Algorithm Predict the Pandemic’s Next Moves?

Researchers have developed a model that uses social-media and search data to forecast outbreaks of Covid-19 well before they occur.

Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?
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Are Companies More Productive in a Pandemic?

Many claim their employees are hyper efficient while working from home. But there are social and emotional costs to ambition in isolation.

With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife
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With an Internet of Animals, Scientists Aim to Track, Save Wildlife

Sensors and other equipment aboard the International Space Station will be used to monitor wildlife, revolutionizing animal tracking.

To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat
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To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat

Police departments in several U.S. cities are using updated software from Ford Motor that the automaker claims can kill the coronavirus.

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds
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App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds

The app, which allows people to record their symptoms, was remarkably effective in predicting infections. The most reliable indicators, researchers found, were...

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.

An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future
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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.

Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?
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Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?

Sophisticated tech used to gather and analyze information may be able to improve returns, but the data isn't showing it.

Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup
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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup

The National Football League is using a startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions. ...

Toward Computers That Teach Themselves
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Toward Computers That Teach Themselves

The artificial intelligence industry is experiencing a supervised learning revolution, as researchers teach computers to recognize patterns and learn from them....

AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data
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AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Researchers have trained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise.

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Many countries scrambling to contain the coronavirus pandemic are deploying digital surveillance to control their populations.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest
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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest

Data suggests that mass business closures and social-distancing edicts imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic are helping reduce the numbers of fevers recorded...

Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
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Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Major technology companies have spent billions in the past three years to prevent election meddling, but new challenges are adding to their struggle in the run-up...
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