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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding
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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.

Tracking the Eye of the Pilot
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Tracking the Eye of the Pilot

Researchers have developed and tested eye-tracking software for use in training pilots.

Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find
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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

A research study did not uncover any apparent political bias in the algorithm of the Google search engine.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen
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Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen

A Pew Research Center study found 75% of Americans desire greater government regulation of consumer data, while about an equal percentage doubt the government will...

Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms
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Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a continuum robot that achieves multi-scale motion and may allow previously impossible complex microsurgeries. 

Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI
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Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI

Standards are seen as a way to eliminate bias and incorporate trustworthiness in artificial intelligence, even as the U.S. seeks to secure its lead in the field...

NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’
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NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "We didn't grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see any of these bots we'll send them packing."

Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes
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Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes

Researchers have developed a highly efficient photogrammetric method that can turn aerial imagery into accurate three-dimensional (3D) surface maps in near-real...

Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos
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Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Researchers at cybersecurity company Checkmarx reported flaws in the Google Assistant on Android devices that would allow hackers to take photos and videos without...

Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice
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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.

Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'
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Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'

Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are working to slow the spread of maliciously doctored content, known as deepfakes, ahead of the 2020 election. ...

IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over
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IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over

"When you deliver an A.I. system ...every design choice, not just training data, can bring unconscious bias."

Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?
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Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?

Finding help can be a struggle for gamers who feel their playing has gotten out of control.

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It
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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse...

Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights
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Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.

White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative
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White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative.

Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired
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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Researchers discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans
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Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans

A team of researchers found that human-robot interactions are more successful when the bots are able to hide their non-human identity.

Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10
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Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10

A pair of security researchers found vulnerabilities across multiple devices including an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and a Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.
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