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No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing
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No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing

In Japan, a country with a long fascination with robots, automated assistants have become bartenders, security guards, deliverymen, and more, since the onset of...

Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums
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Study Reveals Extent of Hate Speech on Reddit in Right-Leaning Forums

A new study found that more comment moderation is necessary to curtail racist and white supremacist content on Reddit.

NYU Report Calls on Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation
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NYU Report Calls on Social Media Titans to Stop Outsourcing Content Moderation

The report says big social media companies need to use more of their own employees to make calls about which posts and photos should be removed.

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations
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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,...

U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom
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U.K. Parliament Votes to Continue Democracy by Zoom

U.K. lawmakers on Tuesday unanimously voted to hold a "virtual Parliament" to maintain the machinery of democracy via the Zoom videoconferencing platform.

Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.
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Silicon Valley is Racing to Build the Next Version of the Internet. Fortnite Might Get There First.

In recent years, there's been serious talk about how to build the Metaverse, the next version of the Internet, and who will build it first.

Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything
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Your Internet is Working. Thank These Cold War-era Pioneers who Designed it to Handle Almost Anything

Coronavirus may have forced people to stay at home, but the Internet these scientists envisioned long ago is keeping the world connected.

Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge
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Facebook Sent Home Thousands of Human Moderators Due to the Coronavirus. Now the Algorithms Are in Charge

Facebook has placed its army of human moderators on paid leave, forcing the company to police disinformation without them.

Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says
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Millions of Tweets Peddled Conspiracy Theories About Coronavirus in Other Countries, an Unpublished U.S. Report Says

An unpublished U.S. State Department study estimated that about 2 million tweets promoted conspiracy theories about the coronavirus over the three-week period when...

How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers
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How the Cloud Has Opened Doors for Hackers

Corporate transfers of operations to the cloud have elevated the threat of hacking.

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus
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Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are struggling to prevent misinformation on their platforms about the outbreak of the coronavirus.

Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census
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Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census

The Pinterest platform has banned the posting of misleading information related to voting or the census.

Scientists Unraveling Chinese Coronavirus with Unprecedented Speed, Openness
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Scientists Unraveling Chinese Coronavirus with Unprecedented Speed, Openness

Chinese scientists freely released the genetic sequence of a coronavirus 10 days after the first reported case, to help researchers worldwide better understand...

Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather
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Researchers Try to Teach Computers to Forecast Traffic Like the Weather

Netherlands-based location/transportation data supplier Here Technologies has pushed researchers to apply big-data techniques to films of traffic in Berlin, Istanbul...

Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines
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Colleges Are Turning Students' Phones Into Surveillance Machines

Dozens of colleges across the United States are using short-range phone sensors and campuswide Wi-Fi networks to monitor students' academic performance, analyze...

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare
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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and...

Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout
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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and allowing customers to...

Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow
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Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow

Two companies have partnered on an autonomous shuttle service to transport commuters between a Metro station and locations in Reston, VA.

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages
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Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted...
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