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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future
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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

A new report says emerging technologies could enhance the productivity, diversity, and profitability of Australia's agricultural sector.

GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early
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GitHub Launches Code Scanning to Unearth Vulnerabilities Early

GitHub last week launched a code-scanning tool to help developers identify flaws in code prior to its public rollout.

Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems
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Critical Flaws Discovered in Popular Industrial Remote Access Systems

Researchers found critical defects in two popular industrial remote access systems that attackers could exploit.

AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows
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AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows

Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that is almost as accurate as a physician in diagnosing Covid-19 in the lungs and distinguishing Covid...

IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance
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IBM to Open-Source Space Junk Collision Avoidance

Researchers are working on an open source project to determine and predict the orbits of anthropogenic space objects (ASOs)—man-made space debris—in order to avoid...

Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants
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Engineers Link Brains to Computers Using 3D Printed Implants

Engineers have developed a prototype three-dimensionally-printed implant that can be used to create brain-computer interfaces.

Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom
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Hacker Releases Information on Las Vegas-Area Students After Officials Don't Pay Ransom

A hacker who locked computer servers in Las Vegas' Clark County School District with ransomware released documents with stolen private data after officials refused...

Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites
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Take-Off for U.K.-Built Supercomputer Nanosatellites

The U.K. this week launched four shoebox-sized "nanosatellites" into low Earth orbit.

Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns
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Pentagon Is Clinging to Aging Technologies, House Panel Warns

Despite the Pentagon's talk of embracing quantum computing and artificial intelligence, the politics of killing off old weapons systems is so forbidding that the...

One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit
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One of This Year's Most Severe Windows Bugs Is Now Under Active Exploit

Microsoft warns a high-impact vulnerability that allows hackers to instantly take control of Windows' Active Directory is being actively exploited by malicious...

In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women
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In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women

Facial recognition algorithms have higher false-positive and lower false-negative rates for Black women, eyeglass wearers, and young children.

IST Researchers Exploit Vulnerabilities of AI-Powered Game Bots
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IST Researchers Exploit Vulnerabilities of AI-Powered Game Bots

A new algorithm trains an adversarial bot to automatically identify and exploit the weaknesses of master game bots trained by deep reinforcement learning algorithms...

Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies
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Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies

At least 13 of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.

Prepare Your Meal Together with a Robot
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Prepare Your Meal Together with a Robot

Julie Shah and her team at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology build robots that can learn from demonstration, understand humans, and truly collaborate.

Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu
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Login Glitch Behind Tokyo Stock Exchange Snafu

High-frequency trader connecting via Merrill Lynch apparently unleashed data flood.

3D Biometric Authentication Based on Finger Veins Almost Impossible to Fool
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3D Biometric Authentication Based on Finger Veins Almost Impossible to Fool

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional biometric authentication methodology based on the veins in  one's fingers.

Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds
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Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds

A study found that half of young women who enter the tech workforce exit it by age 35.

Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert
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Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert

Researchers last week announced successful test flights of drones carrying a human organ and tissue in Las Vegas.

Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments
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Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments

The cities of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Helsinki, Finland, have launched beta versions of artificial intelligence registries.

Your Favorite AI Language Tool is Toxic
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Your Favorite AI Language Tool is Toxic

A new research paper by the Allen Institute for AI  says  pretrained language models  "are prone to generating racist, sexist, or otherwise toxic language, which...
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