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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
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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.

Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death
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Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death

A woman in Germany suffering a life-threatening illness was the first person to die from a cyberattack on a healthcare system.

Huang's Law Is the New Moore's Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm
From ACM News

Huang's Law Is the New Moore's Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm

The rule that the same dollar buys twice the computing power every 18 months is no longer true, but a new law—which we named for the CEO of Nvidia, the company...

Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter
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Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter

Researchers have enhanced deep neural network performance by integrating feature normalization and feature attention modules into a hybrid attentive normalization...

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...

Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues
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Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues

Arizona State University engineers have come up with an algorithm that manages autonomous vehicle traffic through intersections safely, under real-life conditions...

Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies
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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical...

The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails
From ACM TechNews

The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

The Phish Scale could help organizations better train their employees to avoid being deceived by seemingly trustworthy emails.
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