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IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time
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IBM Claims Its Neural Computer Achieves Record AI Model Training Time

Researchers at IBM have developed a reconfigurable parallel processing system called the IBM Neural Computer.

Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers
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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.

Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books
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Publishers Sue Internet Archive Over Free E-Books

Penguin Random House, HarperCollins, Hachette,  and Wiley accused the nonprofit of piracy for making over 1 million books free online.

National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers
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National Security Agency Exposes Tool Used by Russian Hackers

The U.S. National Security Agency last week accused Russian hackers of exploiting a software vulnerability in Linux computers.

Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding
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Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding

New Zealand software firm Rocos announced a partnership with Boston Dynamics to repurpose the latter's four-legged robotic dog for sheep herding.

To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat
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To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat

Police departments in several U.S. cities are using updated software from Ford Motor that the automaker claims can kill the coronavirus.

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More
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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Researchers have developed prototype multifunctional e-glasses equipped with flexible electrodes near the ears and eyes.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas
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Miss Your Office? Some Companies Are Building Virtual Replicas

Some employers are building virtual reproductions of their offices as online simulations for workers in lockdown during the coronavirus pandemic.

Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real
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Eye-Catching Advances in Some AI Fields Not Real

Some improvements to artificial intelligence may come from tweaks rather than core innovations, and some of those gains may not exist at all.

How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters
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How Automated Background Checks Freeze Out Renters

Algorithms that scan everything from terror watch lists to eviction records spit out flawed tenant screening reports. And almost nobody is watching.

States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges
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States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges

Cash-strapped state and local governments are looking to Congress for funds to improve cybersecurity.

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations
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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,...

Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best
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Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best

A survey of developers found that that TypeScript has overtaken Python as the second most-preferred programming language.

Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption
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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction
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Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Supercomputer models determined that competition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens was likely responsible for the former's extinction in Eurasia.

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense
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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.

Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing
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Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

Researchers in Colorado used cellphone data to estimate how much Colorado residents have changed their behavior since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry
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Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft plans to launch a version of its cloud-based software to meet the needs of healthcare organizations.
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