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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

From surveillance to arrests, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty.

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev found they could fool Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance systems into automatically reacting without...

The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware
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The Cyber-Avengers Protecting Hospitals From Ransomware

The Cyber Threat Intelligence League aims to protect hospitals and health systems around the world from cyberattacks as they deal with Covid-19 cases.

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown
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179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

Operation Disruptor is an unprecedented international law enforcement effort, stemming from last year's seizure of a popular underground bazaar called Wall Street...

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
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Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three leading makers offered glimpses of their finances.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential
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A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

Alphabet's DeepMind pioneered reinforcement learning. A California company used it to create an algorithm that defeated an F-16 pilot in a simulation.

Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers
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Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers

The U.S. Air Force, Red Balloon Security, and the Defense Digital Service teamed up on the NyanSat project to build an open source satellite communication tool...

AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?
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AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?

A big study by the U.S. Census Bureau finds that only about 9% of firms employ tools like machine learning or voice recognition—for now.

How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change
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How 'Sustainable' Web Design Can Help Fight Climate Change

To cut the carbon, programmers are cutting the code. Call it green programming.

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit
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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

The Police Data Accessibility Project aims to request, download, clean, and standardize public records that right now are overly difficult to find.

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'
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Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'

Companies and programmers are reexamining how technical terms are used amid Black Lives Matter protests. But some worry the changes are empty symbolism.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months
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Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Starting Wednesday, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa
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President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

The administration said the move will give U.S. workers access to an additional 525,000 jobs. But sectors with lots of H-1B visas tend to have low unemployment....

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
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Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense
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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
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This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?
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Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?

Thinking machines think just like us—but only up to a point.

Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy
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Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy

Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world's biggest tech companies, they're on the verge of changing...
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