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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job
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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

HireVue claims it uses artificial intelligence to decide who's best for a job. Outside experts call it 'profoundly disturbing.'

Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records
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Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records

A bicycle designed by a software applicaiton helped two competitors set the women's and men's world records for fastest human-powered vehicle last month.

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
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AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.

Lost in Translation?
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Lost in Translation?

Machine language translation is advancing rapidly, but can it reach the level of human understanding?

Celebrating 50 Years of Unix
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Celebrating 50 Years of Unix

Since its introduction 50 years ago, Unix has been copied or imitated countless times.

Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components
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Academics Find Vulnerabilities in Android's VoIP Components

Scientists at China's OPPO ZIWU Cyber Security Lab, the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and Singapore Management University identified eight flaws in Android's...

Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good
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Teen Hackers Try to Convince Parents They Are Up to Good

U.S. teenagers are forming hacking clubs and attempting to persuade their parents and teachers that hacking is not necessarily a malign vocation.

Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study
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Microsoft Poses Threat to Germany's Digital Sovereignty, Warns Study

An analysis by PricewaterhouseCoopers has confirmed that the German government is too dependent on the software of just a few software providers.

Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward
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Moving the Encryption Policy Conversation Forward

Strong data encryption thwarts criminals and preserves privacy. At the same time, it complicates law enforcement investigations. A Carnegie working group looks...

AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too
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AI Facial Recognition Software Now Works for Wild Chimpanzees, Too

A new facial recognition artificial intelligence program can detect and identify individual chimpanzees captured in video footage recorded in the wild.

Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction
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Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction

Students in a Louisiana State University computer science class developed a crime-prediction software program.

COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All
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COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All

In the beginning, there was machine languages and assembler. Neither was easy to use, but then along came COBOL, and everything changed.

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms
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Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain.

The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech
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The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Roborace motorsport competition is a testbed for autonomous vehicle technology, as international teams pit driverless electric racing cars against each other...

Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules
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Retrosynthetic Algorithm Broadened to Design Similar, but Different, Molecules

Researchers at the Polish Academy of Sciences have developed an algorithm for performing multistep retrosynthesis and predicting the most efficiency synthetic pathways...

Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020
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Judge Bars Georgia From Using Current Voting Technology in 2020

U.S. District Judge Amy Totenberg has ordered Georgia not to use its paperless voting machines, election management software, or servers for the 2020 election. ...

22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault
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22 Texas Towns Hit with Ransomware Attack in 'New Front' of Cyberassault

Computer systems in 22 Texas municipalities have been hijacked by ransomware.

Can You Locate Your Location Data?
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Can You Locate Your Location Data?

Smartphone apps offering location data services may be desirable, but their ability to collect personal data that can be sold to third parties is less attractive...

An Inability to Reproduce
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An Inability to Reproduce

Big data and modern analytics offer enormous possibilities for research, provided scientists can produce consistent results.
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