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Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it
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Mozilla, Creative Commons Want to Reimagine the Internet Without Ads, and They Have $100M to Do it

The Grant for the Web program will give roughly $20 million per year for five years to content sites, open source infrastructure developers, and others.

Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'
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Google's Smart-City Plans 'Tech for Tech's Sake'

An independent panel criticized a smart-city development planned by Google's Sidewalk Labs unit on Toronto's waterfront, citing innovations as being more about...

Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award
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Theoretical Computer Scientist Receives Waterman Award

Mark Braverman is the third theoretical scientist in a decade to be honored with the Waterman Award.

How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City
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How Hackers Could Break Into the Smart City

The more connected a smart city is, the greater its vulnerability to cyberattack.

AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek
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AI Learns to Defy Laws of Physics to Win at Hide-and-Seek

Scientists at the OpenAI artificial intelligence laboratory developed bots that trained themselves to cooperate by playing hide-and-seek.

Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook
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Smart TVs Sending Sensitive User Data to Netflix, Facebook

A new study has found that certain smart TVs and streaming dongles transmit information to Netflix, Facebook, and third-party services, in some cases even when...

Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices
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Engineers Develop Multimaterial Fiber 'Ink' for 3D-Printed Devices

A new method utilizes standard three-dimensional printers to produce functioning devices with electronics already embedded within them.

Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy
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Algorithm Can Distinguish Cyberbullies from Normal Twitter Users with 90% Accuracy

Machine learning algorithms developed by a team of Binghamton University researchers can differentiate bullies and aggressors on Twitter from normal users with...

Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment
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Israeli Researchers Develop AI-Based Cancer Treatment

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based technique for mapping receptors on cancer cells.

Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis
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Artificial Intelligence Confronts a 'Reproducibility' Crisis

Machine-learning systems are black boxes even to the researchers that build them. That makes it hard for others to assess the results.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'
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Computing 'Boot Camp' is Showing that 'Anyone Can Be a Coder'

School of Code is a U.K.-based startup that offers 15 weeks of free training at a "boot camp" for computer programming.

Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline
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Popular Mobile Games Can Detect Cognitive Decline

Researchers have found that popular mobile phone games can be used as a tool to help doctors identify early signs of cognitive decline.

A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control
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A Smart Artificial Hand for Amputees Merges User, Robotic Control

Researchers in Switzerland are developing new approaches for control of robotic hands for amputees that combine individual finger control and automation for improved...

Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf
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Körber Prize 2019 for Bernhard Schölkopf

This year, the scientific distinction with the highest prize money in Germany goes to the pioneer of artificial intelligence.

How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020
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How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020

A study by cybersecurity company NormShield found U.S. state election offices are failing to implement digital safeguards, increasing the 2020 elections' susceptibility...

Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step
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Artificial Leg with Sensors Helps People Feel Every Step

A new artificial leg is equipped with sensors that allow users to feel when the leg flexes and lands on the ground.

Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama
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Research Team Introduces 'Phyjama,' a Physiological Sensing Pajama

University of Massachusetts, Amherst researchers have unveiled physiological-sensing textiles that can be woven or stitched into sleep apparel.

Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability
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Optical Lace Gives Robots Heightened Sensory Ability

Researchers have developed a stretchable optical lace that could give soft robots a soft touch.

Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations
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Cloud-Based Tool Provides Clear Communication for Disaster Situations

A new self-contained communication tool provides support for first-responders from separate organizations operating in a disaster situation.
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