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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think
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Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think

Evidence is growing that image recognition technology may be more susceptible to deception than previously assumed.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs
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Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs

A McKinsey Global Institute analysis warns automation could displace 107 million employed women worldwide by 2030, with the sexes almost equally impacted by technological...

Hospital System Uses AI to Predict Deadly Condition
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Hospital System Uses AI to Predict Deadly Condition

The Montefiore Health System and its affiliated medical school in New York are employing artificial intelligence to predict a common respiratory malady among patients...

U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks
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U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a pilot study in which self-driving trucks will complete a more-than-1,000-mile mail run between Phoenix and Dallas.

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
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Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate

Some U.S. manufacturers are offering employees programming and robotics training, as automation sweeps through the industry.

Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.
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Cybersecurity Jobs Abound. No Experience Required.

There are many U.S. cybersecurity job openings, and a shortfall of qualified professionals is prompting employers to look outside traditional pipelines to find...

When Computer Science Majors Take Improv
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When Computer Science Majors Take Improv

Northeastern University computer science majors are required to take a class in theater and improvisation, where they practice exercises to cultivate empathy, creativity...

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security
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Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security

With cyberattacks against Internet-connected medical devices on the rise, hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pressuring device manufacturers to bolster...

Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers
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Amazon Accused of Violating Kids' Privacy With Smart Speakers

Privacy and child-advocacy organizations have filed a complaint alleging Amazon has been illegally recording and retaining conversations of children using its Echo...

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived
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For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

Companies like Amazon are using software to monitor employee productivity and terminate underperforming workers.

Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals
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Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals

Attempts to identify barnyard animals via facial recognition are complicated by the software's difficulty in distinguishing between animals.

The Robots That Manage the Managers
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The Robots That Manage the Managers

New artificial intelligence-driven coaching apps and platforms aim to provide basic training in traditional supervisory skills such as delivering feedback and delegating...

The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places
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The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places

Scientists are using advanced technology to explore extreme environments on Earth to seek out and examine resilient microorganisms.

Big Brother at the Mall
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Big Brother at the Mall

The U.S. Congress is investigating the use of advanced technology to track consumers around brick-and-mortar retailers.

MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust
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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure...

Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans
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Who Comes to the Rescue of Stranded Robots? Humans

Robot manufacturers think it is vitally important to win over pedestrians and local officials as they try to expand the emerging technology into communities.

Walmart Rolling Out the Robots
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Walmart Rolling Out the Robots

Walmart is expanding its deployments of robots in its stores to help track inventory, clean floors, and unload trucks.

Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?
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Drone Racing Fans Have Some Questions: Where's the Drone? Who's Winning?

With drone racing becoming more popular, spectators and commentators need better ways of seeing which drones are ahead and which are falling behind.
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