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Can a Free Internet Survive?
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Can a Free Internet Survive?

Internet freedom is eroding on two fronts: the sheer number of efforts to block access to legitimate information, and the level of sophistication used.

You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.
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You Should See Her in a Crown. Now You Can See Her Face.

Joana Bruno at Spain's Autonomous University of Barcelona digitally replicated the faces of 36 people buried at the ancient European settlement of La Almoloya. ...

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure
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Iranian Hackers Are Going After U.S. Critical Infrastructure

A hacking group is targeting a broad range of organizations, taking advantage of vulnerabilities that have been patched but not yet updated.

Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access
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Smithsonian African American Museum Launches Online Interactive Access

The new 'Searchable Museum' will bring a trove of artifacts, stories, and images to the Internet.

Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future
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Robot Waiters Take Iraq's Mosulites Back to the Future

Two robot waiters serve diners at the White Fox restaurant in Mosul, Iraq.

U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace
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U.K., U.S. Join Forces to Strike Back in Cyberspace

The U.S. and U.K. will collaborate to strike back against mutual adversaries engaging in malicious cyber-activities.

This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse
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This Tool Protects Your Private Data While You Browse

The SugarCoat tool developed by researchers at the University of California, San Diego and Brave Software can better protect users' private data as they browse...

Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet
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What Went Wrong With Zillow? A Real Estate Algorithm Derailed Its Big Bet

Real estate firm Zillow Group had looked to its digital home-flipping business Zillow Offers to lead its growth in the future, but that will not happen.

Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions
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Robots Can Use Their Own Whirring to Echolocate, Avoid Collisions

Robots can navigate and avoid collisions using the sounds they produce through echolocation as bats do.

2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit
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2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize Awarded to Team Achieving Real-Time Simulation of Random Quantum Circuit

ACM has named a team of Chinese researchers to receive the 2021 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for simulating a random quantum circuit in real time on a  supercomputer. ...

Can a Machine Learn Morality?
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Can a Machine Learn Morality?

Morality is a thorny issue for machines, as scientists learned in testing Delphi, a system programmed to make moral judgments.

AI Favors White Men Under 40
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AI Favors White Men Under 40

Publicly available language models systematically favor the language of young White men and discriminate in particular against young, non-White men.

Trouble at the Source
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Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality
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The Road Ahead for Augmented Reality

A heads-up look at augmented reality head-up displays.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
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What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Superconducting Silicon-Photonic Chip Developed for Quantum Communication
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Superconducting Silicon-Photonic Chip Developed for Quantum Communication

The researchers resolved a long-standing challenge in quantum optics.

Using AI to Prevent Blood Clots, Strokes
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Using AI to Prevent Blood Clots, Strokes

A new artificial intelligence technique can identify possible atrial fibrillation, which can lead to blood clots and strokes.

Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City
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Drone Startup Plans Drug Deliveries to Homes in Salt Lake City

California drone startup Zipline has signed a service agreement with Utah's Intermountain Healthcare to deliver medicine and other supplies to its Salt Lake City...
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