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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.

Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI
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Why the Card Game Hanabi Is Next Big Hurdle for AI

Researchers hope to train artificial intelligence to master Hanabi, a card game in which everyone wins or loses depending on how well they communicate.

How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan
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How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan

Tokyo, Japan-based DeNA has developed a program to direct cruising taxi drivers to streets where they are most likely to find customers.

Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here
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Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here

Iceland-based Aha uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods.

Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East
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Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East

Some Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs are relocating to New York City, lured by increased availability of venture capital, skilled professionals, and affordable...

Food Lion, Other Grocers Will ­se AI for Food Suppliers
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Food Lion, Other Grocers Will ­se AI for Food Suppliers

Food Lion and five sister U.S. grocery chains will use artificial intelligence to revamp their food-ordering process.

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines
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The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

Before the Internet of Things becomes a pervasive reality, technology experts and public safety professionals are airing their concerns about cyber-physical security...

The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense
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The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense

Sports viewing is expected to become more accessible, interactive, and personalized, through technologies like virtual reality.

Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds
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Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology found enterprises with technologists on their boards have superior revenue growth, return on assets, and market capitalization...
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