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UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm
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UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm

A team of researchers has open-sourced Reinforcement Learning with Augmented Data.

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns
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Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns

Reports warn that legislation to curb disinformation on the coronavirus could damage legitimate journalism's efforts to combat this "disinfodemic."

Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies
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Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies

Crowdsourced data, artificial intelligence, and cryptography are emerging as vital tools for controlling transmission of COVID-19 as countries look for exit strategies...

Women CS Graduates Surpass Record Set 17 Years Ago
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Women CS Graduates Surpass Record Set 17 Years Ago

But percentages lag behind.

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets
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Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets

Researchers have demonstrated the first countermeasure for shielding artificial intelligence from differential power analysis attacks.

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds
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App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds

The app, which allows people to record their symptoms, was remarkably effective in predicting infections. The most reliable indicators, researchers found, were...

Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users
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Intel Confirms Critical New Security Problem for Windows Users

Intel has verified a newly disclosed security flaw in Windows that exposes an apparently critical vulnerability on millions of computers.

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps
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Apple, Google Ban Use of Location Tracking in Contact Tracing Apps

Apple and Google said they would not allow the use of location tracking in apps using their new contact tracing system to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus...

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots
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Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots

Scientists worldwide are developing robotic skin to imbue machines with tactile perception, and even allow them to feel pain in some cases.

Our Weird Behavior During the Pandemic is Messing With AI Models
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Our Weird Behavior During the Pandemic is Messing With AI Models

Machine-learning models trained on normal behavior are showing cracks —forcing humans to step in to set them straight.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.

Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?
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Keeping Online Testing Honest? Or an Orwellian Overreach?

The rise of proctoring software to deter cheating alarms privacy advocates. Some students and professors find it invasive, too.

Hitting the Heights
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Hitting the Heights

Rocket-assisted airplane collisions fuel better drone impact simulators.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
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Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

Israel to Launch 'Cyber Defense Shield' for Health Sector
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Israel to Launch 'Cyber Defense Shield' for Health Sector

Israeli Health Ministry official Reuven Eliahu said Israel has developed a "cyber defense shield" to provide real-time protection from attacks on that nation’s...

China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home
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China's WeChat Monitors Foreign Users to Refine Censorship at Home

A study by the University of Toronto's Citizen Lab in Canada warns that China's multipurpose WeChat application is monitoring foreign users to strengthen government...

Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic
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Japanese Computer-Savvy Teen Designs App to Fight Pandemic

An app designed by a Japanese teenager uses GPS so people can use their iPhones to track their whereabouts and help with contract tracing during the coronavirus...

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues
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Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

COVID-19 has Blown Apart the Myth of Silicon Valley Innovation
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COVID-19 has Blown Apart the Myth of Silicon Valley Innovation

The pandemic shows that the U.S. is no longer much good at coming up with technologies relevant to our most basic needs.
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