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These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company
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These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company

Experts warn that smart Internet of Things devices could threaten entire businesses, with a Palo Alto Networks survey finding more devices connecting to business...

3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers
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3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China developed a micro robot that could take advantage of three-dimensional printing technology to lay down new tissues directly...

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?
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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint
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Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint

A small study shows artificial intelligence can pick out individuals with coronavirus infections, but ophthalmologists and AI experts say the approach is far from...

These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter
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These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter

Models are learning how to generate images from captions, a sign that they're getting better at understanding our world.

Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race
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Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Georgia election officials say they found a programming error on the state's voting touchscreens that caused a column of candidates in the U.S. Senate special election...

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data
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Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says an unnamed federal agency has been the victim of a cyberattack in which a hacker accessed its network...

Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning
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Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning

Researchers developed a deep learning algorithm that enabled a curling robot to beat human players.

Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum
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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone startups increasingly are being targeted by venture investors, due to expected growth in the sector amid technological advancements and federal approvals....

People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped
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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos
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UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos

Computer models developed by researchers at the University of Wyoming use artificial intelligence to identify images of wild animals in camera-trap photographs....

This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling
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This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling

Researchers at Liverpool Hope University in the U.K. created a tool that can sort materials for recycling by combining a Raspberry Pi 3 model with optical sensors...

Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time
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Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time

A free, open source software package enables real-time sound streaming, allowing musicians to perform together online in real time.

Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term
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Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center is warning colleges and universities that increasing numbers of cyberattacks threaten to disrupt the start of the Fall...

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
From Communications of the ACM

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds
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If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds

Using a brain-computer interface can fundamentally change our grey matter, a view of ourselves, and even how fast our brains can change the world.

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown
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179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

Operation Disruptor is an unprecedented international law enforcement effort, stemming from last year's seizure of a popular underground bazaar called Wall Street...

Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service
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Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service

U.K. grocery chain Tesco next month will start trialing a drone delivery service in Ireland's County Galway, using unmanned aerial vehicles from Manna to deliver...

Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
From ACM TechNews

Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch

A soft wearable device developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia recreates the sense of touch using haptic technology.
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