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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Stepping into a charged social issue, Silicon Valley tech giant Salesforce.com has asked retailers to stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using its software...

Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI
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Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn...

And Then, There Were Three
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And Then, There Were Three

How long can the silicon foundry sector continue to adapt, as physical limits make further shrinkage virtually impossible?

Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing
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Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing

Purdue University researchers have built robot hummingbirds that learn to fly and hover like their real-world counterparts, using algorithms and computer simulation...

R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs
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R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs

Tiobe ranks the R programming language as the 21st most popular in its monthly index for May, marking the first time in three years the language sits outside the...

The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software
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The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit has reached a deal with Swiss company Auterion to enhance the agency's open source drone software.

Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online
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Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online

Google is modifying its Chrome Web browser to give users more control over parties who track their online habits.

White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards
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White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards

The White House Office of Science and Technology has launched a request for information seeking insight into developing standards around artificial intelligence...

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived
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For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

Companies like Amazon are using software to monitor employee productivity and terminate underperforming workers.

Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech
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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? ­Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars
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Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? ­Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars

In a recent survey of developers who use npm, 62% of respondents said they used Microsoft's TypeScript to build native mobile and desktop apps, up from 46% in last...

How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans
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How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans

The Orleans Parish Communication District is using a low-code platform to automate certain tasks.

Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices
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Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices

Manufacturers may blur the distinctions, but they're important.

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic
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Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

A new video game simulation uses a three-dimensional model of Salt Lake City and data about planned drone paths to determine potential problems.

How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement
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How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

A new software program uses a matching algorithm to allocate refugees with no ties to the U.S. to their new homes.

Robots That Can Sort Recycling
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Robots That Can Sort Recycling

A new robotic system can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.

Code Talkers
From Communications of the ACM

Code Talkers

Using voice input to write programs.

How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report
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How WhatsApp, FaceTime and Other Encryption Apps Shaped the Outcome of the Mueller Report

Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III detailed multiple contacts among Russian operatives and associates of President Trump in the report made public Thursday....

New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing
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New Algorithm Could Save Thousands of Animals From Toxic Testing

Rutgers University researchers designed an algorithm to test for chemical toxicity to benefit workers, and potentially sparing thousands of animals from being experimental...

If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...
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