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AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis
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AI Taps Human Wisdom for Faster, Better Cancer Diagnosis

Researchers in Canada have developed a system that combines artificial intelligence with human knowledge to provide faster, more accurate cancer diagnoses.

Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems
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Hospital Devices Exposed to Hacking with Unsupported Operating Systems

Cybersecurity firm Palo Alto Networks found that 83% of Internet-linked imaging devices in hospitals use outdated software containing known bugs that hackers can...

Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe
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Robots Step in as Cheap Labor Dries Up in Eastern Europe

Factory owners in Eastern European are investing in automation to counter a shortage of workers and rising wages.

Let Evolution Design Your Robot
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Let Evolution Design Your Robot

A U.K. research project uses evolutionary principles to design robots to help dismantle decommissioned nuclear power plants.

Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System
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Intel to Release Neuromorphic Computing System

Pohoiki Springs, an experimental system to be rolled out this month, mimics the way human brains work to do computations faster with less energy

Bugs in Open Source Software Hit a Record High
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Bugs in Open Source Software Hit a Record High

The number of open source software vulnerabilities identified rose from 4,100 last year to 6,100 this year, according to security firm WhiteSource.

Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers
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Study Ranks Privacy of Major Browsers

A study of the privacy protection provided by major browsers ranked upstart browser Brave at the top of the list.

U.S. Women in Tech Still Paid Less Than Men
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U.S. Women in Tech Still Paid Less Than Men

A study of salary survey data by job search site Dice indicated that U.S. women in technology fields still earn less than men overall.

U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles
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U.S. Revises Passenger Safety Rules for Autonomous Vehicles

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is seeking comment on updated regulations meant to improve automotive passenger safety in autonomous vehicles...

Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors
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Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors

Intel and Cornell University researchers have trained Intel's Loihi neuromorphic processor to identify 10 materials from their odors.

White House Urges Researchers to Use AI to Analyze 29,000 Coronavirus Papers
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White House Urges Researchers to Use AI to Analyze 29,000 Coronavirus Papers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has called on researchers to use artificial intelligence to analyze scholarly articles to gain insight into...

Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug
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Facebook was Marking Legitimate News Articles about the Coronavirus as Spam due to a Software Bug

The company is fixing the posts and bringing them back.

Algorithms Learn Our Workplace Biases. Can They Help Us Unlearn Them?
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Algorithms Learn Our Workplace Biases. Can They Help Us Unlearn Them?

With the help of intelligent machines, humans can be nudged to make choices that make workplaces fairer for everyone.

Pioneers of Modern Computer Graphics Recognized with ACM A.M. Turing Award
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Pioneers of Modern Computer Graphics Recognized with ACM A.M. Turing Award

Hanrahan and Catmull's innovations paved the way for today's 3D animated films.

Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans
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Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans

Researchers have found that the better a robot can balance, the better prepared it will be for walking like a human.

Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments
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Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments

Companies seeking treatments for the coronavirus increasingly are using artificial intelligence to speed up their drug-discovery efforts.

Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow
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Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne created a proof of concept platform for hard drives that will be smaller, faster, and more energy...

 The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines
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The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines

Should lethal autonomous weapon systems be programmed to strike and kill without direct human oversight?

Record Set for Cryptographic Challenge
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Record Set for Cryptographic Challenge

A team of computer scientists in France and the U.S. has set a record for integer factorization, a major challenge in the security of most public key cryptography...

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students
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Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.
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