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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time
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Powerful antibiotic discovered using machine learning for first time

Team says halicin kills some of the world's most dangerous strains.

EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition
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EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition

Europe is backpedaling on facial recognition.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop
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Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop

A prototype wearable device blocks microphones in the vicinity from eavesdropping on conversations.

Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant
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Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant

Tyson Foods will use computer vision to track chicken moving through its plants as part of a plan to invest more in automation and artificial intelligence in order...

Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain
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Cryptographic 'Tag of Everything' Could Protect Supply Chain

A new cryptographic identity tag can be attached to virtually any product in order to verify its authenticity.

Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives
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Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives

Washington University researchers converted grasshoppers into bomb-sniffing tools by implanting electrodes in the insects' antenna lobes to tap into the capabilities...

New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations
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New Mexico Sues Google Over Children’s Privacy Violations

The lawsuit says that Google, the top tech brand in public schools, used its educational products to spy on students.

The Computer Scientist Responsible for Cut, Copy, and Paste, Has Passed Away
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The Computer Scientist Responsible for Cut, Copy, and Paste, Has Passed Away

Larry Tesler's contributions to making computers and mobile devices easier to use were the highlight of a long career influencing modern computing.

High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption
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High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption

A McKinsey Global Institute survey offers lessons from high-performing companies on artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, of whom about 3% are realizing outsize...

China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread
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China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread

The Chinese government is working with technology companies to monitor citizens and track confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus.

Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking
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Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking

Google and other online mapmakers revise borders depending on who is viewing them, in deference to diplomats, policymakers, and their own executives, according...

Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses
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Ransomware Attacks Grow, Crippling Cities, Businesses

In recent years, ransomware attacks have crippled computer networks and extorted money to restore access to users.

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...
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This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...

ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless.

$1.3M in State Funding to Support Virginia's CS SOLs
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$1.3M in State Funding to Support Virginia's CS SOLs

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam said his state is providing more than $1.3 million in grants to school systems to help prepare students for Virginia's Computer Science...

Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect
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Texas Man Close to Exoneration After Algorithm Leads to New Suspect

A man convicted for murder is on track to have his conviction overturned, thanks to an algorithm that reanalyzed DNA and pointed to a new suspect. 

'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings
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'Sensorized' Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings

Researchers have created "sensorized" skin to increase soft robots' awareness of their bodily motion and orientation.   

Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content
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Britain to Create Regulator for Internet Content

The U.K. has introduced a plan to give the country's media regulator Ofcom new responsibilities for monitoring Internet content.

Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients
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Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients

A new robot has successfully performed its first round of supermicrosurgical procedures.
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