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Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended
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Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended

A multi-institutional team of researchers has published Armada, a coding language and tool for high-performance concurrent programs that ensure code is mathematically...

NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars
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NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance.

Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing
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Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Columbia Engineering researchers have created a technique that could enable multi-materials manufacturing by three-dimensional printing.

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It
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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It

Among the many things the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted is how fragile our artificial intelligence systems are. We need new approaches to ensure our AI systems...

Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny
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Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny

Police use of "geofence" warrants is being disputed by criminal defendants in Virginia and San Francisco, and could be banned by lawmakers in New York.

U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home
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U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home

Computer makers were caught off guard by the huge surge in demand for laptops, with many retailers and distributors struggling to keep up during the early period...

Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic
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Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic

A small number of devout Muslims are being allowed to participate in the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca this year, tailored for the coronavirus pandemic with the latest...

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'
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NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated the third round of reviewing algorithms submitted to form the core of the first post-quantum cryptography...

Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings
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Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers have proposed a technique that can remove attributes like gender from speech data to protect sensitive information.

Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19
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Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19

University of Rochester researchers mined Twitter messages to gauge public attitudes and feelings about the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Impact of AI on Organizations
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The Impact of AI on Organizations

Implementing artificial intelligence through the looking glass of digital anthropology.

Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away
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Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away

A new study finds that while many businesses successfully switched to telecommuting overnight, some serious fine-tuning is needed if WFH is to become permanent....

Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South
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Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South

Amazon has announced the deployment of its Scout autonomous delivery system to Atlanta, GA, and Franklin, TN, following year-long pilots elsewhere.

Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text
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Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text

Scientists at Canada's University of Alberta have created a machine learning model that can identify linguistic clues indicating early signs of depression in written...

 ‘Ethically troubling.’ University Reopening Plans Put Professors, Students on Edge
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‘Ethically troubling.’ University Reopening Plans Put Professors, Students on Edge

Universities across the United States are grappling with how to reopen safely amid a pandemic.

Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint
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Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers are creating tools to calculate the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence models to help developers understand their environmental impact.

Top Programming Languages 2020
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Top Programming Languages 2020

Python's dominance as the most popular programming language is holding steady in 2020, according to IEEE Spectrum's latest rankings of top languages.

New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide
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New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide

The New York State legislature Wednesday passed a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other biometric identification methods in schools statewide until...

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.
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