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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Amazon ­nveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries
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Amazon ­nveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them
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Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them

Employer branding specialist Universum has released its annual rankings of the most attractive employers in the U.S. for 2019.

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs
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Automation Could Force Millions of Women to Find New Jobs

A McKinsey Global Institute analysis warns automation could displace 107 million employed women worldwide by 2030, with the sexes almost equally impacted by technological...

Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game
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Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

Researchers can use the same covert channels hackers have taken advantage of to protect a vehicle's control systems.

Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices
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Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices

Hyundai and Subaru unveiled distracted driver alert systems for their mainstream models last month at the New York International Auto Show.

Model Identifies High-Risk Areas for Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle
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Model Identifies High-Risk Areas for Lumpy Skin Disease in Cattle

An international team of researchers has integrated two computer models to highlight regions at highest risk for lumpy skin disease virus epidemics in cattle.

CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks
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CSL Researchers Add 'Time-Travel' Feature to Solid State Drives to Fight Ransomware Attacks

Researchers have demonstrated how to use the commodity storage devices already in conventional computers to protect files against ransomware attacks.

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

Salesforce.com is pressuring sporting-goods retailers and other customers to stop selling a range of firearms, or be prohibited from using its products.

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines
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Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

ACM has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to prohibit Internet connections from all voting equipment under an updated set of voluntary guidelines.

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...

Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia
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Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia

Researchers have developed an immersive experience that brings users into the world of a fictitious Internet of Things start-up.

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps
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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.

Hospital System ­ses AI to Predict Deadly Condition
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Hospital System ­ses AI to Predict Deadly Condition

The Montefiore Health System and its affiliated medical school in New York are employing artificial intelligence to predict a common respiratory malady among patients...

Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes
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Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes

How Web designers develop sites to ensure the colorblind can perceive them.

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship
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Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Team Acrobot, an all-girls robotics team from Ghana, won the 20th edition of the World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield,...

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc
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In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

Ransomware that has frozen thousands of computers in Baltimore and crippled many city services contains a key element developed by the U.S. National Security Agency...

How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game
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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.

Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots
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Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots

Researchers at Ford are working to incorporate into the company’s driverless delivery system an android capable of carrying a 40-pound load.
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