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Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South
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Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South

Automated sewing and other machine innovations could enable a resurgence of the textile industry in the southern U.S.

Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles
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Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Motor plans to construct its first autonomous vehicles at a $50-million production center in Michigan.

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option
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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system...

The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care
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The Fine Line Between Coercion and Care

Employers monitoring their workforce must balance productivity and security considerations with employee privacy and welfare concerns.

Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions
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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

­.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals
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­.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals

A U.S. regulator is asking for public comments on whether autonomous cars lacking steering wheels and brake pedals should be allowed on the nation’s streets.

How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral
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How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph—however appalling—of human ingenuity over computerized systems...

Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds
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Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology found enterprises with technologists on their boards have superior revenue growth, return on assets, and market capitalization...

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue
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Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue

Unusual Ventures this summer will launch a program designed to increase the number of black students working in technical internships.

Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces
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Display Technologies Set to Transform Workspaces

Within the next decade, new workspaces will emerge with multiple displays and larger, panoramic screens.

Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares ­S Allies
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Escalating Battle with Huawei Ensnares ­S Allies

The Trump administration's standoff with Chinese tech giant Huawei is entering a new phase, one that could put existing intelligence-sharing agreements with U.S...

Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap
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Finance Teams Bet Technology Will Bridge Budget Gap

Finance departments across the country think new technology will close efficiency gaps created by budget and staff cuts spurred by the next economic slowdown.

Collaborating with Robots
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Collaborating with Robots

The challenge of cobots in the workplace.

­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies
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­.S. Warns Germany: ­sing Huawei Could Crimp Intelligence-Sharing Between Agencies

The U.S. has apparently warned Germany that if Chinese tech companies such as Huawei help build the country's new 5G telecom infrastructure, U.S. agencies might...

Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size ­p Buying Habits
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Cooler Screens' Display Cases Scan Your Face to Size ­p Buying Habits

Chicago-based Cooler Screens has developed a facial-profiling system that tries to guess what consumers will buy next based on how they appear in front of a refrigerated...

AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data
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AI Efforts at Large Companies May Be Hindered by Poor Quality Data

Poor-quality customer and business data may be keeping companies from leveraging digital tools to reduce costs, increase revenue, and stay competitive.

When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job
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When Passion for Videogames Helps Land That Job

Employers across a spectrum of industries are welcoming applicants with experience in making or playing videogames.

Self-Driving Cars Risk 'Future Errors' Due to Difficulty Detecting Darker Skin Tones
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Self-Driving Cars Risk 'Future Errors' Due to Difficulty Detecting Darker Skin Tones

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have found that state-of-the-art object-detection systems are better at detecting people with lighter skin tones...
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