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Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing
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Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

Police Scotland has launched a new aerial drone system to help search for missing people.

Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs
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Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot for remote assistance with repairs.

AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends
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AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends

A new artificial intelligence tool scans millions of publicly available photos to effectively identify fashion trends around the world, as well as traditions and...

Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show
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Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show

Researchers in two U.S. Department of Defense units collaborated with a health IT company to develop a predictive algorithm that determines if a service member...

Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range
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Delivery Drones Could Land on Public Transport to Extend Their Range

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a computer program that plans deliveries by getting drones to piggyback on public transport for a range boost....

'Listening' to Engine Blades to Stop Failures, Disasters
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'Listening' to Engine Blades to Stop Failures, Disasters

Purdue University researchers have developed a monitoring system to identify the sound of rotor-forced response vibration, a common cause of premature blade malfunction...

Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition
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Artificial Networks Shed Light on Human Face Recognition

Researchers have gained new insights on humans' ability to recognize faces, through the use of deep neural networks.

Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

Drones Help Map Iceland's Disappearing Glaciers
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Drones Help Map Iceland's Disappearing Glaciers

Researchers are using a three-dimensional process to compare old aerial photos with modern drone photography to track ice loss from Iceland’s largest glaciers. ...

Climate Model Developed by ISGlobal Researchers Provides Long-Term Predictions of 'El Nino' Events
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Climate Model Developed by ISGlobal Researchers Provides Long-Term Predictions of 'El Nino' Events

Researchers at Spain's Barcelona Institute for Global Health have developed a statistical climate model that can predict El Nino events up to 30 months in advance...

Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts
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Natural Language Interface for Data Visualization Debuts

VisFlow is a framework that even novices can use to create highly flexible visualizations from almost any data.

Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture
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Building an Interoperable Smart City Architecture

The Smart City Interoperability Reference Architecture aims to develop standards and practices to make disaster response more effective.

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People
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Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People

A unique, lightweight deep neural network could greatly enhance the use of artificial intelligence's in video surveillance.

Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands
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Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands

Researchers have developed exploits against voice assistants by encoding inaudible commands in songs and other audio content.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is...

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout
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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and allowing customers to...

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm
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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds
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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.
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