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IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab
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IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab

IBM has agreed to deploy a quantum computer at a new research center for researching viral pathogens, virus-induced diseases, genomics, immunology, and immunotherapies...

China Creates Its Own Digital Currency
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China Creates Its Own Digital Currency

China's new digital yuan cryptocurrency is expected to give its government a vast economic and social monitoring tool, and strip users of their anonymity.

Surveillance Nation
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Surveillance Nation

Law enforcement agencies across the U.S. ran thousands of Clearview AI facial recognition searches, often without the knowledge of the public or their own departments...

Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide
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Likely Legal, 'Vaccine Passports' Emerge as the Next Coronavirus Divide

Businesses and universities want easy ways to see if students and customers are vaccinated, but conservative politicians are turning "vaccine passports" into a...

Deep Learning Aces Protein Folding
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Deep Learning Aces Protein Folding

In a long-running prediction challenge, DeepMind's algorithms change the game.

Robot Senses Hidden Objects
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Robot Senses Hidden Objects

A new robot can locate and grasp hidden objects using radio waves in combination with traditional computer vision.

Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport
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Japan to Join EU, China in Issuing Digital Vaccine Passport

Japan plans to issue digital vaccine passports to citizens who have been immunized against the coronavirus, in order to facilitate international travel.

Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art
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Australian Researchers Use ML to Analyze Rock Art

South Australian researchers at Flinders University are analyzing the evolution of rock art via machine learning.

System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth
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System Using Smartphone or Computer Cameras to Measure Pulse, Respiration Rate Could Help Future Personalized Telehealth

A new system uses a person's smartphone or computer camera to read pulse and respiration from video of their face.

Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid
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Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

A new smart bandage could reduce the number of in-person doctor's visits required for patients with open wounds.

ML Helps Spot Gait Problems in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis
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ML Helps Spot Gait Problems in Individuals With Multiple Sclerosis

A new method uses machine learning to help clinicians determine whether gait issues in adults over 50 with multiple sclerosis are associated with disease progression...

Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment
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Goodnight Ninja? Knuffle Blobfish? Children's Books Get the Algorithm Treatment

Online children's book platform Epic uses an anonymous trove of data collected from readers to customize reading recommendations and guide new title creation.

To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong
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To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new algorithm that enables artificial intelligence models to account for uncertain data.

Microsoft Wins $21 Billion U.S. Army Contract for Augmented Reality Headsets
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Microsoft Wins $21 Billion U.S. Army Contract for Augmented Reality Headsets

Microsoft has been working to develop the Integrated Visual Augmentation System for years.

Predicting When Volcanoes Will Blow
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Predicting When Volcanoes Will Blow

Experts hope machine learning can help warn local residents of impending eruptions.

Getting the Inside Track on Street Design
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Getting the Inside Track on Street Design

Researchers used anonymous phone data to measure the influence of building density and street design on pedestrian behavior in London, Amsterdam, and Stockholm....

Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says
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Android Sends 20x More Data to Google Than iOS Sends to Apple, Study Says

A researcher says the Android operating system transmits about 20 times more information from smartphone handsets to Google than iOS sends to Apple.

During Emergencies, Social Media is Critical Channel for Warnings
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During Emergencies, Social Media is Critical Channel for Warnings

An analysis of responses to the 2019 Deer Park, TX, chemical fire found that people warned of the disaster via social media, friends, and family were most likely...

'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements
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'Smart Clothes' Can Measure Your Movements

Researchers have developed clothing that incorporates special fibers to detect the wearer's movements.

Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread
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Computer Model Tracks Cellphone Data to Predict Covid Spread

Binghamton University's Arti Ramesh and Anand Seetharam have designed an algorithm to predict the spread of Covid-19 by tracking cellphone data.
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