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Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon
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Robots Won't Close the Warehouse Worker Gap Anytime Soon

Even Amazon's new AI-powered machines aren't nearly capable enough to handle the most important fulfillment tasks.

UNESCO Member States Adopt Global Agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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UNESCO Member States Adopt Global Agreement on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

The agreement aims to realize the advantages artificial intelligence brings to society, and to reduce the risks it entails.

Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip
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Autonomous Electric Container Ship Completes First Trip

The world's first all-electric and emission-free container ship completed its 8.7-mile maiden voyage from Porsgrunn, Norway, to the Norwegian port of Brevik.

Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO
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Twitter's Jack Dorsey Steps Down as CEO

Chief Technology Officer Parag Agrawal to replace Dorsey atop social-media company effective immediately.

Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests
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Clearview AI Does Well in Another Round of Facial Recognition Accuracy Tests

The company also performed well last month in a test of its ability to match two different photos of the same person.

Bank Regulators Released a 'Road Map' for Crypto Regulation That Is Short on Details
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Bank Regulators Released a 'Road Map' for Crypto Regulation That Is Short on Details

Banks have been clamoring for more information from their regulators in recent months about how they can safely participate in cryptocurrency markets.

Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education
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Increasing the Representation of Girls and Women in STEM, IT Education

"There is an urgent need to increase the number of women entering STEM and IT fields," said Monash University Faculty of IT Interim Dean Professor Ann Nicholson...

Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability
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Tool Can Detect Precursor of Engine-Destroying Combustion Instability

Researchers at Japan's Tokyo University of Science (TUS) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have designed a tool for detecting a precursor of thermoacoustic...

Can a Free Internet Survive?
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Can a Free Internet Survive?

Internet freedom is eroding on two fronts: the sheer number of efforts to block access to legitimate information, and the level of sophistication used.

Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant
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Samsung Picks Texas Site for Advanced U.S. Chip Plant

Korean giant picks Taylor, just outside existing Austin base.

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure
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Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How
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We’re Making the Facebook Papers Public. Here’s Why and How

Independent experts from NYU, UMass Amherst, Columbia, Marquette, and the ACLU are partnering with Gizmodo to responsibly publish this historic leak.

Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future
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Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future

Two robot waiters serve diners at the White Fox restaurant in Mosul, Iraq.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse
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This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse

The SugarCoat tool developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Brave Software can better protect users' private data as they browse...

Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet
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What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet

Real estate firm Zillow Group had looked to its digital home-flipping business Zillow Offers to lead its growth in the future, but that will not happen.

Can a Machine Learn Morality?
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Can a Machine Learn Morality?

Morality is a thorny issue for machines, as scientists learned in testing Delphi, a system programmed to make moral judgments.

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
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The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.
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