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SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk
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SIM Swapping, Poor Web Security Put Millions at Risk

Researchers at Princeton University have found that two-factor authentication is easily hackable and could put millions of people at risk.

VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places
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VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

The St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has incorporated virtual reality into its therapy for paralyzed patients, who wear goggles and use joysticks to engage with...

Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid
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Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid

Washington State University researchers have evaluated the threat presented by Internet-linked devices connected to the U.S. electric power grid.

Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test
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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system.

Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads
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Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car project is expanding testing of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans and long-haul trucks to roads in Texas and New Mexico...

Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth
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Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth

Global economy expert Indermit Gill predicts the global leader in artificial intelligence in 2030 will go on to rule the planet for the balance of this century....

China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending
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China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending

The U.S. National Science Foundation estimated China's research and development funding is rapidly catching up to that of the U.S.

The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor
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The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor

Employer review website Glassdoor's report on the 50 best jobs in the U.S. for 2020 includes 20 technology professions, which also filled the top seven spots.

Who's Liable, the AV or the Human Driver?
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Who's Liable, the AV or the Human Driver?

Columbia Engineering and Columbia Law School researchers havew developed a fault-based liability rule for regulating autonomous vehicle manufacturers and human...

Can Antiferromagnetic Materials Replace Silicon in Future Computers?
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Can Antiferromagnetic Materials Replace Silicon in Future Computers?

Seeking alternatives to silicon as Moore’s Law approaches its end.

Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database
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Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database

Five servers storing customer support analytics were accidentally exposed online in December 2019.

Toshiba Says it Created an Algorithm that Beats Quantum Computers using Standard Hardware
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Toshiba Says it Created an Algorithm that Beats Quantum Computers using Standard Hardware

The company hopes to commercialize it in the financial industry

AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption
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AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev spent three years developing machine learning technology to spot corruption in its business partners. 

Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order
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Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order

Researchers have developed a brain-inspired disordered network for detecting ordered patterns, which uses "hopping conduction" to reach solutions without predesigned...

U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance
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U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance

The testing of facial recognition technology by police in the U.K. has provoked outrage.

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech
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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from...

The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You
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The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You

Researchers at Finland’s University of Jyvaskyla have taught computers to identify individuals by their dance style.

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet
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AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

The computing power required for AI landmarks, such as recognizing images and defeating humans at Go, increased 300,000-fold from 2012 to 2018.

Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado
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Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado

Items seized after woman offered them for loan to university.

Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health
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Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health

A study found machine learning artificial intelligence is as accurate as physicians in detecting changes in clinical states from patients' speech.
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