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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer
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Toyota Robot Can't Slam Dunk, but Shoots a Mean 3-Pointer

Researchers at Toyota Motor have developed a robot that can make free throws and three-point shots on a basketball court.

Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance
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Australian Regulators Cautiously Embrace AI to Boost Compliance

Australian regulators are cautiously using artificial intelligence to address a lack of compliance across that nation’s financial sector.

Hackers Beat ­niversity Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours
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Hackers Beat ­niversity Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours

Ethical hackers conducted simulated cyberattacks on U.K. university defenses, and were able to successfully access "high-value" information within two hours.

Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner
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Amazon Schooled on AI Facial Technology by Turing Award Winner

Artificial intelligence researchers are calling on Amazon to stop selling its facial recognition software to police.

Changing How a Country Types
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Changing How a Country Types

Researchers led by Aalto University in Finland used computational methods to reposition keyboard characters for easier, more intuitive typing in French.

VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival
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VR Experience Takes Audience Back to 10,000 BC at This Year's Tribeca Film Festival

CAVE, a shared virtual reality experience that transports audiences back to 10,000 BC, will debut April 24 at the 2019 Tribeca Film Festival.

Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant
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Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant

Walmart this month will launch a new service in which customers can order groceries virtually through Google Assistant.

Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here
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Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here

Iceland-based Aha uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods.

Machines That Read Your Brain Waves
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Machines That Read Your Brain Waves

Sometimes a technology that's been simmering in the laboratory or the clinic for decades makes the leap to mainstream consumption almost overnight.

Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again
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Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again

The pilots of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 apparently followed the proper steps to shut down an errant flight control system as they struggled to regain control...

Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust
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Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust

Researchers have shown that it is relatively easy for robots to regain the trust of humans after lying to them.

Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats
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Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats

A new computer-based set of rules more accurately predicts when patients with a rare heart condition might benefit from lifesaving implanted defibrillators.

AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)
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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)

Researchers have developed an autonomous drone that navigates using artificial intelligence.

Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane
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Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane

Security researchers from Tencent have demonstrated a way to use physical attacks to spoof Tesla's autopilot.

GPS Glitch Threatens Thousands of Scientific Instruments
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GPS Glitch Threatens Thousands of Scientific Instruments

Researchers worldwide are racing to get ahead of a bug in the US Global Positioning System (GPS) that could cause data loggers, including thousands of scientific...

Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East
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Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East

Some Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs are relocating to New York City, lured by increased availability of venture capital, skilled professionals, and affordable...

Previously ­nknown Flaw in Intel Chips Could Allow Hackers to Steal Private Data From Your Computer
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Previously ­nknown Flaw in Intel Chips Could Allow Hackers to Steal Private Data From Your Computer

Security analysts have discovered a previously unknown vulnerability within Intel hardware that could enable the interception of private data inside one's computer...

New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue
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New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue

The Davis Cup tennis tournament is being revamped to incorporate virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural game in Madrid, Spain.

When Computers Collude
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When Computers Collude

If you shop online, there's a good chance the price you pay for stuff is determined by a computer algorithm.

The Problem with SMS Two-Factor Authentication
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The Problem with SMS Two-Factor Authentication

SMS two-factor authentication has some security issues that have prompted companies to get creative.
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