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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated
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The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated

Appliance designers and manufacturers increasingly rely on technological advances to modernize the kitchen.

Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks
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Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Schools struggling to stay open during the Covid-19 pandemic are being targeted by ransomware, as hackers threaten to post sensitive student information online....

Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms
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Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms

Tyson Foods CEO Dean Banks said the U.S. meatpacking company is using infection-tracking algorithms and employee testing to protect workers from a Covid-19 surge...

How to Make AI Less Biased
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How to Make AI Less Biased

Academic researchers and the technology industry are working to eliminate bias from artificial intelligence systems.

AI May Help Identify Patients with Early-Stage Dementia
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AI May Help Identify Patients with Early-Stage Dementia

Scientists are exploring whether artificial intelligence can help clinicians better identify patients with early-stage dementia.

AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment
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AI Shows Potential to Gauge Voter Sentiment

Some technology experts believe using artificial intelligence to gauge voter sentiment could help to better understand the electorate.

Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers
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Retailers Use AI to Improve Online Recommendations for Shoppers

Online retailers have taken steps during the pandemic to improve their search and recommendation engines by building predictive models with high levels of accuracy...

Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality
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Big Tech Snags Hollywood Talent to Pursue Enhanced Reality

Silicon Valley companies are scooping up Hollywood digital visual-effects artists and technology to enhance their augmented and virtual reality products with lifelike...

Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.
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Intel's Success Came With Making Its Own Chips. Until Now.

The Silicon Valley pioneer long held it had to build its flagship chips in its own factories; then it hit the wall and is considering outsourcing—a milestone in...

How AI Can Help Save Forests
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How AI Can Help Save Forests

Scientists are developing artificial intelligence-driven methods to aid forest conservation by enabling a new level of real-time awareness.

'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results
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'Sneakernet' Helps Election Officials Process Results

U.S. election officials used voting machines and other devices linked to the "sneakernet" to process results from Tuesday's elections.

Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid
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Hacker Releases Georgia County Election Data After Ransom Not Paid

A computer hacker publicly released election-related files from Hall County, GA, after county officials failed to pay a ransom.

Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly
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Companies Make Their Websites More Elderly-Friendly

As  the pandemic forces more people to do more business online, some companies have started redesigning their websites to make them more user-friendly for older...

Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore
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Remote Work Not Just for White-Collar Jobs Anymore

Technology that allows people to perform physical work remotely is proliferating across a host of occupations.

Many Corporate Boards Still Face Shortage of Tech Expertise
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Many Corporate Boards Still Face Shortage of Tech Expertise

Corporate boards could soon be looking for technology talent amid a shortfall, with digital business models gaining due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Microsoft Teams With Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Push Cloud Battle With Amazon Into Orbit
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Microsoft Teams With Elon Musk’s SpaceX to Push Cloud Battle With Amazon Into Orbit

The space-cloud initiative is targeting military and commercial customers and comes after Amazon announced its own space effort,

Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks
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Visa, JPMorgan Already Preparing for Potential Quantum Cyberattacks

Researchers at Visa Inc. and JPMorgan Chase & Co. are developing new processes to try to thwart eventual quantum computing cyberattacks.

The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet
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The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet

Hundreds of the world's leading cryptographers are competing to develop encryption standards to protect online data against classical and quantum-computing cyberattacks...

U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security
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U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security

The U.S. National Security Council on Thursday issued guidelines to protect technologies crucial to national security.
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