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DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence
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DOD Adopts Ethical Principles for Artificial Intelligence

The recommendations came after 15 months of consultation with experts on artificial intelligence from industry, government, academia, and the American public.

UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model
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UCI, Disney Research Scientists Develop AI-Enhanced Video Compression Model

An AI-enhanced video compression model has shown that deep learning can provide results comparable to established video compression technology. 

Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance
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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

MIT researchers have developed a scalable metadata-protection scheme to shield the information of millions of users.

Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams
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Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams

Northwestern University researchers have developed a decentralized algorithm that guarantees collision and congestion avoidance, a key step toward controlling fleets...

A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'
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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel...

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned
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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic...

U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader
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U.S. Energy Department Appoints AI Leader

Cheryl Ingstad, the department's first director of its Artificial Intelligence and Technology Office, will oversee the DOE's AI activities

New California Law Creates Complications for Connected Cars
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New California Law Creates Complications for Connected Cars

The California Consumer Privacy Act is one of the most stringent and sweeping privacy laws in the country, but may create complications for carmakers and dealerships...

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security
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Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security

Computer scientists have designed an algorithm to combat poaching in wildlife preserves.

Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?
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Should All Children Learn to Code by the End of High School?

Supporters say coding know-how is good for students in an increasingly digital world. Opponents say public schools shouldn't serve as job-training sites for tech...

Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War
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Pentagon Adopts New Ethical Principles for Using AI in War

The new principles follow recommendations made last year by the Defense Innovation Board, a group led by former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
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Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA
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Katherine Johnson Dies at 101; Mathematician Broke Barriers at NASA

She was one of a group of black women mathematicians at NASA and its predecessor who were celebrated in the 2016 movie "Hidden Figures."

Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices
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Chip Brings Ultra-Low-Power Wi-Fi to IoT Devices

A new ultra-low-power Wi-Fi radio enables Internet of Things devices to communicate with existing Wi-Fi networks using 5,000 times less power.

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 

Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge
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Mapping Coronavirus: South Koreans Turn to Online Tracking as Cases Surge

Private software developers have launched websites and apps to help people in South Korea track cases of coronavirus and avoid places where infected people have...
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