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Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers
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Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers

The new system brings us one step closer to practical quantum cryptography.

USC Researchers Develop State-of-the-Art Biometric Security Systems
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USC Researchers Develop State-of-the-Art Biometric Security Systems

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute have developed state-of-the-art biometric security systems.

GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals
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GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals

Smart Parks is testing lightweight GPS collars that can be fitted to lions and cheetahs in Liwonde, Malawi.  

Chinese Researchers Unveil AI That Can Turn Simple Sketches Into Fake Photorealistic Pictures
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Chinese Researchers Unveil AI That Can Turn Simple Sketches Into Fake Photorealistic Pictures

A new artificial intelligence can convert simple sketches of a face into photorealistic images.

L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws
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L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws

The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office attributes delays and long lines during the March 3 primary election to a feature of its new electronic voting system....

Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close
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Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close

Amazon has deployed a new artificial intelligence tool to help employees follow social distancing rules.

Andrew Yang Is Pushing Big Tech to Pay Users for Data
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Andrew Yang Is Pushing Big Tech to Pay Users for Data

It's called the Data Dividend Project.

Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet
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Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet

For now...

La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients
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La Trobe University Uses AI to Bring Mental Health Care to Cancer Patients

Using the framework can help medical personnel. understand a patient's behavior, emotions, and decision-making based on data shared by the patient.

Big Tech Zeros In on the Virus-Testing Market
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Big Tech Zeros In on the Virus-Testing Market

As businesses grapple with how to safely reopen the workplace, some companies are rushing out new work force health-vetting and tracking tools.

Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.
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Britain Didn’t Want Silicon Valley’s Help on a Tracing App. Now It Does.

Months after other countries, Britain will now use technology provided by Apple and Google to build a contact-tracing app.

Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy
From ACM TechNews

Turning Faces Into Thermostats: Autonomous HVAC System Could Provide More Comfort With Less Energy

The Human Embodied Autonomous Thermostat provides more personalized indoor climate control while eliminating the need for wall-mounted thermostats.

Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness
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Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness

A recent spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of add-ons to Google's Chrome Web browser.

Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus
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Inside the NBA's Plan to Use Smart Technology, Big Data to Keep Players Safe From Coronavirus

The NBA plans to use smart technologies to protect players and staff as 22 teams prepare to play at Disney's Wide World of Sports complex in Orlando.

Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game
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Digitize Your Dog Into a Computer Game

Researchers have digitized the movements of 14 dog breeds.

Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI
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Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI

Researchers stacked resistive random-access memory modules for artificial intelligence applications in a novel three-dimensional spiral.

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed
From ACM News

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed

A new report finds that automation will take over a significant part of work activities in Europe by 2030.

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem
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The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem

The assumption that the cost of training computers is declining with the doubling of computing power every two years does not always hold true.

DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad
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For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad

A new high-tech vending machine can dispense a salad into a compostable bowl and keep ingredients at constant, food-safe temperatures.
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