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ML Model Could Remove Bias From Social Network Connections
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ML Model Could Remove Bias From Social Network Connections

A novel machine learning framework can calculate sensitive attributes to help graph neural networks make fair recommendations.

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores
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DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores

The U.S. Defense Department agency has been sponsoring underground circuit competitions for robotic hardware systems for the last three years.

ML Models for Diagnosing Covid-19 Not Yet Suitable for Clinical Use
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ML Models for Diagnosing Covid-19 Not Yet Suitable for Clinical Use

Studies describing machine learning models for diagnosing Covid-19 are not yet suitable for detecting or diagnosing the virus from standard medical imaging.

Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity
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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use.

Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast
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Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast

Many restaurants expect digital ordering and drive-throughs to remain key business channels, and some are testing artificial intelligence to predict and suggest...

Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them
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Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them

Researchers have built a mobile wildfire simulation application that provides personalized evacuation routes to anyone in the path of a fire.

NTSB Asks NHTSA for More Self-Driving Car Rules, Citing Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta
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NTSB Asks NHTSA for More Self-Driving Car Rules, Citing Tesla's 'Full Self-Driving' Beta

The U.S. National Transportation Safety Board has requested tougher rules for advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and self-driving car development.

Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'
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Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'

Researchers claim breakthrough in study of 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical calculator found in sea

How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes
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How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes

A new tool can automatically identify deepfake photos of people by analyzing light reflections in their eyes for minute deviations.

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital
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Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital

Ashley Honey at New Zealand-based Nui hopes to use his company's electronic trading platforms to automate trading of meat and poultry products.

Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings
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Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings

Researchers in China were inspired by a golden eagle to build a robotic bird with flapping wings covered in actual feathers.

Researchers Are Peering Inside Computer Brains. What They've Found Will Surprise You
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Researchers Are Peering Inside Computer Brains. What They've Found Will Surprise You

Researchers at research company OpenAI developed new techniques to examine the inner workings of neural networks to help interpret their decision-making.

Storing the Declaration of Independence in a Single Molecule
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Storing the Declaration of Independence in a Single Molecule

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine are using an artificial variation of DNA for data storage.

Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops
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Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops

Dutch farmers are adopting palm-sized drones to protect their crops against moths.

Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement
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Singapore Eyes More Cameras, Technology to Boost Law Enforcement

Singapore intends to utilize more cameras and technology to support law enforcement and first responders.

Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench
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Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench

A silicone rubber submersible robot engineered by researchers at China's Zhejiang University successfully withstood the immense pressures in the Mariana trench....

Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads
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Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads

Google says it will no longer track users across Internet searches to sell targeted advertising, and will not build alternative user-tracking models.

CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations
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CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacy chains including CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens-Boots Alliance are collecting data from customers as they sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.

New York, IBM Begin Testing Covid-19 Digital Health Pass
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New York, IBM Begin Testing Covid-19 Digital Health Pass

IBM and New York State have initiated testing of their forthcoming blockchain-based Covid-19 digital health pass, Excelsior Pass.

Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste
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Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste

Japanese firms are accelerating the use of advanced technology to combat food waste and reduce costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
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