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For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm
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For Quick Coronavirus Testing, Israel Turns to a Clever Algorithm

Inspired by a mother's question, the new method will be introduced across Israel this fall, just in time for flu season, and could be coming soon to the U.S.

Covid-19 Crisis Accelerates U.K. Military's Push Into Virtual War Gaming
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Covid-19 Crisis Accelerates U.K. Military's Push Into Virtual War Gaming

The U.K. Ministry of Defence is looking to fast-track new virtual reality technology from software developer Improbable that would create a digital "twin" of the...

Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19
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Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19

Robots could limit how much extra labor U.S. hotels must hire to meet sanitation demands during the global pandemic.

Talking Machines: Who Won This Year's Alexa Prize?
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Talking Machines: Who Won This Year's Alexa Prize?

A team of students from Emory University has won this year's $500,000 Alexa Prize from Amazon for advancing conversational artificial intelligence by designing...

Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era
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Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era

The robots policing people as they begin to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns are not being mistaken for anyone's friends.

Using Ears, Not Just Eyes, Improves Robot Perception
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Using Ears, Not Just Eyes, Improves Robot Perception

Carnegie Mellon University researchers conducted a large-scale study and determined that sound can help robots differentiate between objects and identify what action...

Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers
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Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers

Researchers from Intel and MIT have unveiled a machine learning tool that brings developers one step closer to automated coding.

AI In the ICU
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AI In the ICU

Artificial intelligence can help doctors better understand what is happening to (and in) their patients when it matters most.

Tool Created for Discerning Fake News
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Tool Created for Discerning Fake News

A study from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University demonstrated novel tools for flagging fake news on social media platforms. ...

Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network
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Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network

Google says it has created "the world's largest earthquake detection network" by adding quake detection features to almost all Google Play Android phones.

Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election
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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election

Facebook, Google, and other major technology firms Wednesday announced an expansion of their coalition to secure the November U.S. presidential election, and met...

As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack
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As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack

Robots increasingly are filling some of the most common job roles in warehousing and logistics due to the explosion of e-commerce, Covid-19 stay-at-home orders,...

Federal Reserve Reveals Research Plans for Digital Dollar
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Federal Reserve Reveals Research Plans for Digital Dollar

U.S. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard Thursday detailed her agency's research plans on the potential development of a U.S. central bank digital currency,...

Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies
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Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies

Fidelity Investments was among the companies involved in testing the new service, which will allow businesses to experiment with the super-fast computing.

A Memristor-based Hopfield Neural Architecture to Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems
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A Memristor-based Hopfield Neural Architecture to Solve Combinatorial Optimization Problems

Researchers at Hewlett Packard Labs have developed a new memristor-based annealing system that can solve combinatorial optimization problems rapidly and efficiently...

Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan
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Black Hat: How Hackers Gain Root Access to SAP Enterprise Servers Through SolMan

At the Black Hat USA 2020 conferences, cybersecurity researchers explained how attackers could exploit vulnerabilities in SAP Solution Manager (SolMan) to gain...

Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test
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Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test

Researchers have created a more complex version of the ancient Chinese board game Go using quantum entanglement.

NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat
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NSA Warns Cellphone Location Data Could Pose National-Security Threat

The U.S. National Security Agency has released new guidance for military and intelligence community staff, warning of threats to national security from cellphone...

North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry
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North Korean Hacking Group Attacks Israeli Defense Industry

Israel says the attack was thwarted, but a cybersecurity firm says it was successful. Some officials fear that classified data stolen by North Korea could be shared...
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