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Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away
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Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away

A new study finds that while many businesses successfully switched to telecommuting overnight, some serious fine-tuning is needed if WFH is to become permanent....

Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South
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Meet Scout: Amazon Is Taking Its Prime Delivery Robots to the South

Amazon has announced the deployment of its Scout autonomous delivery system to Atlanta, GA, and Franklin, TN, following year-long pilots elsewhere.

Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text
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Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text

Scientists at Canada's University of Alberta have created a machine learning model that can identify linguistic clues indicating early signs of depression in written...

 ‘Ethically troubling.’ University Reopening Plans Put Professors, Students on Edge
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‘Ethically troubling.’ University Reopening Plans Put Professors, Students on Edge

Universities across the United States are grappling with how to reopen safely amid a pandemic.

Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint
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Researchers Developing Tools to Calculate AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers are creating tools to calculate the carbon footprint of artificial intelligence models to help developers understand their environmental impact.

Top Programming Languages 2020
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Top Programming Languages 2020

Python's dominance as the most popular programming language is holding steady in 2020, according to IEEE Spectrum's latest rankings of top languages.

New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide
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New York Bans Facial Recognition in Schools Statewide

The New York State legislature Wednesday passed a moratorium on the use of facial recognition and other biometric identification methods in schools statewide until...

Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App
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Blueprint for the Perfect Coronavirus App

Researchers have outlined the ethical and legal challenges of developing and implementing digital tools for managing the Covid-19 pandemic.

What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

New DOE Blueprint to Pave the Way for a Nationwide Quantum Internet
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New DOE Blueprint to Pave the Way for a Nationwide Quantum Internet

"The Department of Energy is proud to play an instrumental role in the development of the national quantum Internet," U.S. Secretary of Energy Dan Brouillette said...

Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects
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Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects

Researchers have developed a technique for realizing higher-resolution detection of nearby fast-moving objects in frequency modulated continuous wave LiDAR, critical...

Partnering With AI
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Partnering With AI

Human-machine interaction gets a fresh look.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App
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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

Software engineer Frederic Rechtenstein found a South Korean mobile application designed to enforce pandemic quarantines contained major security flaws that could...

Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data
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Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data

Researchers have demonstrated a method for inferring crime patterns, using anonymized data from location technology platforms.

Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots
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Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots

Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a technique that uses a color camera to enable robots to pick up transparent and reflective objects...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data
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India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data

An  expert committee appointed by the Indian government has called for the creation of a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization, and privacy of...

Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully...
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