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A Tech Investor Brought Cellphone Voting to West Virginia, Igniting Debate About Access and Security
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A Tech Investor Brought Cellphone Voting to West Virginia, Igniting Debate About Access and Security

A former political operative and Uber investor is funding an effort to allow West Virginians serving in the military or living abroad to cast absentee ballots via...

Virtual Reality Can Boost Empathy
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Virtual Reality Can Boost Empathy

New research suggests virtual reality can boost empathy, especially toward marginalized groups.

Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom
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Robot 'Talks' to MPs About Future of AI in the Classroom

A robot recently addressed the U.K.'s Parliament on the future role of artificial intelligence in British education.

A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes
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A Step Toward Personalized, Automated Smart Homes

A new system uses reflected wireless signals to identify occupants within a home, even when they are not carrying mobile devices.

Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google?
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Google Wants China. Will Chinese Users Want Google?

Google CEO Sundar Pichai was upbeat Monday when he told WIRED about internal tests of a censored search engine designed to win approval from Chinese officials....

Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites
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Double the Fun: Mars Scientists Push NASA to Send Rock-Harvesting Rover to Two Sites

NASA's next Mars rover—the first to gather rock samples meant to come back to Earth—should dream big and visit as many places on the red planet as possible, scientists...

Researchers Unveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery
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Researchers Unveil AI System That Predicts Problems During Surgery

A new artificial intelligence system uses patient data to predict whether patients are at risk of abnormally low blood oxygen (hypoxia) during surgery.

3D Printers Have Fingerprints, a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns, Counterfeit Goods
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3D Printers Have Fingerprints, a Discovery That Could Help Trace 3D-Printed Guns, Counterfeit Goods

University at Buffalo researchers have outlined the first accurate technique for tracing a three-dimensionally printed object to the machine that produced it.

Cities Are Using New Cloud Technology to Fight Increasingly Expensive Catastrophic Flooding
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Cities Are Using New Cloud Technology to Fight Increasingly Expensive Catastrophic Flooding

New companies are turning to cloud technology to help cities better manage catastrophic flooding.

Using Smartphone Cameras to Track Alertness
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Using Smartphone Cameras to Track Alertness

A new tool tracks alertness by measuring pupil size, captured through a burst of photos taken whenever a user unlocks their smartphone.

How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever
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How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

The world's companies are in the initial stages of what might be called the "physical cloud," an e-commerce ecosystem that functions like the Internet.

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up
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Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

MIT Finds a Smarter Way to Fight Spectre-style CPU Attacks
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MIT Finds a Smarter Way to Fight Spectre-style CPU Attacks

DAWG offers more security without a steep performance hit.

How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots
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How Political Campaigns Weaponize Social Media Bots

In the summer of 2017, a group of young political activists in the United Kingdom figured out how to use the popular dating app Tinder to attract new supporters...

Nvidia Updates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GPU
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Nvidia Updates Its Moon Landing Conspiracy Debunk with Its New GPU

Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin walked on the moon almost 50 years ago, but some conspiracy theorists don't believe that it actually happened.

AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge
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AI on a MEMS Device Brings Neuromorphic Computing to the Edge

In order to achieve the edge computing that people talk about in a host of applications including 5G networks and the Internet of Things (IoT), you need to pack...

2018 Packard Fellowships Include 2 Computer Scientists
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2018 Packard Fellowships Include 2 Computer Scientists

Packard Fellowships are among the largest nongovernmental fellowships in the U.S., designed with minimal constraints on how the funding is used.

Hackers Hide Cryptocurrency Mining Malware in Adobe Flash Updates
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Hackers Hide Cryptocurrency Mining Malware in Adobe Flash Updates

Palo Alto Networks researchers have discovered a fake Flash updater that installs a malicious cryptocurrency mining bot.

Open Source Platform Launched to Help Bring GPU Acceleration to Data Analytics
From ACM TechNews

Open Source Platform Launched to Help Bring GPU Acceleration to Data Analytics

Several collaborating organizations have launched a new open source platform for data science and machine learning.

Detecting Mental Illness by Watching You Type
From ACM News

Detecting Mental Illness by Watching You Type

Show us how you type, and artificial intelligence may be able to identify whether you suffer from a brain disorder.
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