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How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early
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How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early

More than 2 million Britons and 150,000 Israelis have completed health surveys to trace COVID-19 outbreaks and send resources where they can do the most good.

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...

Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus
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Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

Analysts in Northeastern University's Network Science Institute are predictively modeling the coronavirus pandemic by incorporating social networks.

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...

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic
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Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

"Private" hotels, online tour-company teasers for future travelers, and other ways that travel companies are keeping their businesses alive.

There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say
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There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say

Technology from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft misidentified 35% of words from people who were black. White people fared much better.

The Search for E.T. Goes on Hold, for Now
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The Search for E.T. Goes on Hold, for Now

A popular screen saver takes a break while its inventors try to digest data that may yet be hiding news of extraterrestrials.

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever
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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?
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Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?

While YouTube has reduced how often its algorithm recommends conspiracy theory-related videos, its progress in dealing with conspiracy theories has been uneven....

In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags
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In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags

To manage the coronavirus epidemic, China is requiring citizens to use software on their smartphones.

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared
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Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA
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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

She was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures."

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.

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...
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