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Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance
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Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance

A  new system protects privacy in wireless communications based on intelligent reflective surfaces.

AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles
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AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles

A 749-gross-ton vessel is the first commercial cargo ship to be navigated entirely by artificial intelligence during a nearly 500-mile, 40-hour journey.

Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field
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Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field

Chinese and U.S. researchers collaborated on the development of a camera with a massive depth of field.

'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge
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'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge

Security researchers have found that the supposedly hard-to-counterfeit digital driver's licenses in use in New South Wales, Australia, actually can be altered...

Americans Have Their Sensitive Online Activity Exposed Over 700 Times Daily
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Americans Have Their Sensitive Online Activity Exposed Over 700 Times Daily

Real-time bidding is a process that runs in the background on websites and apps and tracks what you look at, no matter how private or sensitive it is.

Why Isn't New Technology Making Us More Productive?
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Why Isn't New Technology Making Us More Productive?

Innovations like cloud computing and artificial intelligence are hailed as engines of a coming productivity revival, but a broad payoff across the economy has been...

U.K. Orders Clearview AI to Delete Images Belonging to U.K. Residents
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U.K. Orders Clearview AI to Delete Images Belonging to U.K. Residents

The U.S. software company brands itself as "the world's largest facial network" holding billions of face photographs from the Internet.

U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI
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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI

The U.S. government has warned employers that artificial intelligence technology for screening new job candidates or tracking productivity could violate civil rights...

Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited
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Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited

Researchers found that a bug in Zyxel firewalls that could enable unauthenticated remote attackers to execute code.

Perception-Based Nanosensor Platform Could Advance Detection of Ovarian Cancer
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Perception-Based Nanosensor Platform Could Advance Detection of Ovarian Cancer

A multi-institutional research team analyzed spectral signatures of ovarian cancer by harnessing machine learning and the fluorescence of carbon nanotubes.

Microchips that Mimic the Human Brain Could Make AI More Energy Efficient
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Microchips that Mimic the Human Brain Could Make AI More Energy Efficient

Neuromorphic chips could cut the power demands of digital assistants and other devices by orders of magnitude.

Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem
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Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem

The researchers explored how the vast available knowledge about backdoors in cryptography could be applied to machine learning.

Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier
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Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier

U.S., U.K., and Portuguese researchers combined classical ray tracing algorithms with quantum computing to improve ray tracing performance as much as 190%.

The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware
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The Government's Still Mostly in the Dark on Ransomware

The government may only be made aware of one-fourth of ransomware attacks.

FogROS Brings Robotic Cloud Computing to the Robot Operating System
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FogROS Brings Robotic Cloud Computing to the Robot Operating System

ROS 2 offers a method for offloading robotic tasks to a remote server, using a cloud computing platform like Amazon Web Services.

The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending
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The Era of Borderless Data Is Ending

Nations are accelerating efforts to control data produced within their perimeters, disrupting the flow of what has become a kind of digital currency.

Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning
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Barcelona Bets on 'Digital Twin' as Future of City Planning

Officials in Barcelona, Spain, are using the Barcelona Supercomputing Center's MareNostrum supercomputer to improve urban planning with a digital twin of the city...

Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices
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Bluetooth Hack Can Unlock Tesla, Devices

Sultan Qasim Khan at U.K.-based security firm NCC Group  devised an exploit for unlocking Teslas and countless other devices.

Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census
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Differential Privacy the Correct Choice for 2020 U.S. Census

A new study concluded the U.S. Census Bureau's move to DP as a de-identification mechanism for the 2020 Census was appropriate.

Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second
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Scientists Create Method to Kill Cyberattacks in Less Than a Second

Researchers have developed a technique for automatically detecting and neutralizing cyberattacks in under a second.
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