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Audi's In-Car Information System Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights
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Audi's In-Car Information System Helps Drivers Avoid Red Lights

Audi's Traffic Light Information system can alert drivers to imminent red lights and other traffic signals.

Virtual Makeovers Are Better Than Ever. Beauty Companies Are Trying to Cash In
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Virtual Makeovers Are Better Than Ever. Beauty Companies Are Trying to Cash In

Augmented reality is being pushed to the mainstream by apps in the beauty industry that serve as a consumer tool for trying on makeup.

A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters
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A Crucial Step for Averting AI Disasters

Although technology companies are trying to recruit women and minorities, most computer and software professionals writing artificial intelligence programs remain...

'Tags' Let Your Phone Spot Counterfeit Stuff
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'Tags' Let Your Phone Spot Counterfeit Stuff

A new system to prevent product counterfeiting gives individual items a unique label or "tag."

After a Baby, 28% of New Parents Leave Full-Time STEM Work
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After a Baby, 28% of New Parents Leave Full-Time STEM Work

After science, technology, engineering, and math professionals become parents, 43% of women and 23% of men change fields, become part-timers, or exit the workforce...

Huawei Founder Says US Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech
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Huawei Founder Says US Treats 5G Like 'Military' Tech

Huawei boss Ren Zhengfei is downplaying the idea that there's danger in his company's taking a lead role as 5G networks become a widespread reality.

AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant
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AI Shows Promise as Physician Assistant

Researchers in the U.S. and China have developed a system that uses artificial intelligence to automatically diagnose common childhood conditions.

North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity
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North Dakota Looks to Teach Students About Cybersecurity

North Dakota wants to provide statewide student access to computer science and cybersecurity courses.

Robots Track Moving Objects With Unprecedented Precision
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Robots Track Moving Objects With Unprecedented Precision

Researchers are employing radio-frequency identification tags to help track moving objects with unprecedented accuracy and speed.

Meet Europe's 30 Under 30 in Technology 2019: Blossoming of a Talent Garden
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Meet Europe's 30 Under 30 in Technology 2019: Blossoming of a Talent Garden

Young European entrepreneurs ranked in Forbes' latest 30 Under 30 list are pushing the envelope of artificial intelligence applications for consumers and companies...

Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business
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Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says blockchain technology could address challenges faced by smallholder coffee farmers.

ETH Zurich Unveils the Future
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ETH Zurich Unveils the Future

Looking ahead to 2050 in electronics, robotics, and new materials.

For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds
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For Gamers With Disabilities, Creative Controllers Open Worlds

Erin Hawley grew up immersed in video games, progressing from Pong on the Atari 2600 to Sonic the Hedgehog on the Sega Genesis to Tomb Raider on the Sony PlayStation...

Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI
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Researchers, Scared by Their Own Work, Hold Back 'Deepfakes for Text' AI

OpenAI, a non-profit research company investigating "the path to safe artificial intelligence," has developed a machine learning system called Generative Pre-trained...

These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop
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These Android Apps Have Been Tracking You, Even When You Say Stop

International Computer Science Institute researchers estimated that about 17,000 Android apps collect identifying information.

The AI That Can Write Fake News Stories From Handful of Words
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The AI That Can Write Fake News Stories From Handful of Words

The OpenAI research group has demonstrated artificial intelligence that can compose authentic-looking fake news articles from a few fragments of information.

Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones
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Renewable Energy Generation With Kites and Drones

Researchers have developed software for analyzing energy-generation systems based on kites and drones.

Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars
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Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars

A scientific coalition is urging a ban on the development of weapons governed by artificial intelligence.

Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital
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Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., is the first pediatric hospital to deploy a remote-monitoring virtual liaison robot in its cardiac intensive...

The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know
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The Two Codes Your Kids Need to Know

The College Board came up with a surprising conclusion about keys to success for college and life. By Thomas L. Friedman, Opinion Columnist.
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