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Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems
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Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems

Researchers have developed a modeling and simulation toolkit to help researchers and city planners determine the specific advantages and disadvantages of urban...

Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot
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Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot

Walmart said it has partnered with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, NC.

Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug
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Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug

Defiant Inc. reports millions of WordPress sites have been attacked by hackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the "File Manager" WordPress plugin.

Cities Tap AI to Regulate Short-Term Rentals as Travel Picks Up
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Cities Tap AI to Regulate Short-Term Rentals as Travel Picks Up

U.S. cities and towns are using artificial intelligence to monitor and regulate short-term rentals, with some hoping to spot tax-revenue opportunities during the...

Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?
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Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?

Research has found privacy issues innate to current blockchain platforms, suggesting the technology requires further refinement for consideration of privacy rights...

Can AI Detect Dyslexia?
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Can AI Detect Dyslexia?

Researchers try to fill the void of simple, inexpensive dyslexia detection tools with a game, and with handwriting analysis, both supported by artificial intelligence...

Secretive Pentagon Research Program Looks to Replace Human Hackers with AI
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Secretive Pentagon Research Program Looks to Replace Human Hackers with AI

Project IKE tracks every keystroke made by 200 fighters working on computers, and churns out predictions about the possibility of success on individual cyber missions...

Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion
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Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that the company has no intentions of doing anything that would cause clients like Apple to walk away

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.
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Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.

Switzerland's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Adrian Lobsiger called a U.S.-Swiss program for shielding personal information shared between...

Computers Can't Cut Red Tape
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Computers Can't Cut Red Tape

Modernizing government technology can be helpful during a crisis. To a point.

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

Visa has introduced a more advanced artificial intelligence tool to approve or deny credit and debit transactions when banks' networks are down.

Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most
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Developers: These Are the Programming Languages that Pay the Most

A survey by freelance hiring platform Upwork found that freelance software developers who work with old, relatively unpopular coding languages command the highest...

Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business
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Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business

Startups are developing prototype autonomous trucks to haul freight while reducing transportation costs and expediting deliveries.

Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools
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Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft are partnering to develop artificial intelligence tools to improve first-responders' capabilities with regard to natural...

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet
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Amazon Wins FAA Approval for Prime Air Drone Delivery Fleet

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration has granted approval to Amazon to operate its fleet of Prime Air delivery drones for unmanned package delivery.

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

The Future of Work
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The Future of Work

What will office jobs look like after the pandemic?
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