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Active Defenders
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Active Defenders

How the new self-healing cybersecurity software works.

FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways
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FAA Technology Aims to Speed Takeoffs of Planes Idling on Runways

U.S. Federal Aviation Administration officials said the agency will deploy new software to more easily estimate when planes can taxi onto a runway and take off....

Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions
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Risk Assessment Algorithms Can Unfairly Impact Court Decisions

A study suggests pretrial risk assessment algorithms increase the likelihood that judges will change their priorities in making pretrial decisions.

The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition
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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help...

Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain
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Federal Agencies Warn Companies to Be on Guard Against Prolific Ransomware Strain

U.S. federal agencies issued a joint alert warning companies to be on guard against the Conti ransomware variant.

Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News
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Programming Languages: Rust Developers Earn Higher Salaries, but It's Not All Good News

Technology training company O'Reilly surveyed U.K. and U.S. software developers to assess trends in the data and artificial intelligence sectors.

Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores
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Amazon Brings Its Cashierless Tech to Two Whole Foods Stores

Just Walk Out tech lets shoppers skip the checkout line

Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID
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Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Service sector jobs increasingly are being automated amid the pandemic, as companies navigate worker shortages and higher labor costs.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward
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Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward

Python could soon take first place in one more programming language popularity ranking.

A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans
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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A new technology called Codex generates programs in 12 coding languages and even translates between them. But it is not a threat to professional programmers.

Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients
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Smart Helmet Rapidly Assesses Stroke Patients

Uses EM waves to distinguish the size, position, and type of stroke

Machine Learning Algorithm Revolutionizes How Scientists Study Behavior
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Machine Learning Algorithm Revolutionizes How Scientists Study Behavior

Carnegie Mellon University's Eric Yttri and Alex Hsu have designed an unsupervised machine learning algorithm to simplify and fine-tune behavioral study.

Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation
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Computer Scientists Create Search Systems to Limit COVID-19 Misinformation

New system increases the correctness and reliability of health-related searches by 80%

Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies
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Python Dominates as De Facto Platform for New Technologies

IEEE Spectrum's 2021 interactive rankings of the top programming languages lists Python as the platform of choice for new technologies. The continued dominance...

DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo
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DARPA Drone Cybersecurity Software Foils Hackers in Demo

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency says the hackers it invited to try to hack the High-Assurance Cyber Military Systems all failed.

These Robots Can Move Your Couch
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These Robots Can Move Your Couch

University of Cincinnati engineers taught two robots to move a couch together without either robot directing the other.

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year
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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info
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38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

Misconfigured Power Apps from Microsoft led to more than 1,000 Web apps accessible to anyone who found them.
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