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California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing
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California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing

Vueron plans to unveil its next generation of Lidar AV platforms within the next few months.

Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies
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Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies

Scientists have formulated a new beginner-level guide for quantum computer programmers.

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields
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ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields

Ohio State University researchers combined machine learning and flying drones into a tool for assessing the health of crop fields.

How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows
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How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows

Automakers and technology companies say they are making driving safer, but verifying these claims is difficult.

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion
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Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion

A new artificial intelligence system reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate.

Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records
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Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records

Reno, NV, has launched a blockchain-based program for storing records in order to improve "clarity and transparency" in record-keeping.

California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet
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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips
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Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips

The researchers said they found "several out-of-bound read issues when the NAS handler functions read data from outside the Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message."

Oxford High Turned to AI to Detect Weapons After Shooting
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Oxford High Turned to AI to Detect Weapons After Shooting

Oxford High School in Michigan has been testing artificial intelligence-based gun detection software that can flag a firearm carried in plain sight in seconds. ...

Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers
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Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

Today, Microsoft's AI can take control of characters in Minecraft. Soon, it could help you control your whole computer.

U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI
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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI

The U.S. government has warned employers that artificial intelligence technology for screening new job candidates or tracking productivity could violate civil rights...

Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem
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Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem

The researchers explored how the vast available knowledge about backdoors in cryptography could be applied to machine learning.

The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware
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The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware

The government may only be made aware of one-fourth of ransomware attacks.

Always Improving Performance
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Always Improving Performance

Jack J. Dongarra is the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance...

Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients
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Using AI to Predict Bone Fractures in Cancer Patients

Ohio State University researchers used artificial intelligence to predict how cancer could elevate the probability of spinal fractures by creating digital twins...

New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection
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New Approach for Faster Ransomware Detection

Engineering researchers have come up with a new technique that can detect ransomware faster than previous systems.

Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy
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Astronomers Image Massive Black Hole at Center of Our Galaxy

Astronomers used supercomputers and computer algorithms to record the first image of the supermassive black hole at the center of the Milky Way galaxy.

F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations
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F.B.I. Told Israel It Wanted Pegasus Hacking Tool for Investigations

A 2018 letter from the bureau to the Israeli government is the clearest documentary evidence to date that the agency weighed using the spyware for law enforcement...

Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups
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Researchers Highlight More Equitable Way to Analyze DNA Data from Understudied Groups

Brown University scientists led a multi-institutional team in employing new DNA analysis methods to better understand genetic conditions' impact across different...
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