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Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed
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Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed

Researchers at New York-based cybersecurity startup Cynerio identified five zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Aethon TUG smart autonomous robots used in hospitals...

Dutch Scandal Serves as a Warning for Europe over Risks of Using Algorithms
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Dutch Scandal Serves as a Warning for Europe over Risks of Using Algorithms

The Dutch tax authority ruined thousands of lives after using an algorithm to spot suspected benefits fraud — and critics say there is little stopping it from happening...

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
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A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI's GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future...

How Native Americans Are Trying to Debug A.I.'s Biases
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How Native Americans Are Trying to Debug A.I.'s Biases

Data on Native communities are not at the levels needed for accuracy in A.I.-driven tools. A group is trying to solve that problem.

Web Surfing that Feels Instantaneous, Even Though It's Not
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Web Surfing that Feels Instantaneous, Even Though It's Not

Researchers have developed a design for a speed-of-light Internet network across 120 U.S. cities.

AI Is Explaining Itself to Humans. It's Paying Off.
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AI Is Explaining Itself to Humans. It's Paying Off.

Startups and major technology companies alike are investing heavily in explainable artificial intelligence.

7-Foot-Tall Robots Watch for Unmasked Travelers, Curbside Loiterers
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7-Foot-Tall Robots Watch for Unmasked Travelers, Curbside Loiterers

Two seven-foot-tall robots have been deployed at Dallas Love Field Airport in Dallas, TX, to assist and monitor passengers.

U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack
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U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack

Lazarus Group allegedly has stolen nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency since 2017.

Quantum Secure Communication Breakthrough for China Scientists
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Quantum Secure Communication Breakthrough for China Scientists

Technology inventor achieves new transmission distance of 100km, and says it is suitable at shorter distances for audio calls and texts.

Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.

How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive
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How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive

By combining two processors into one, the company has squeezed a surprising amount of performance out of silicon.

Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha
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Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha

Authorities in Ukraine have deployed technology as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged war crimes by Russian forces in the town of Bucha.

Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap
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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap

The robots-as-a-service model is gaining ground as companies increasingly automate amid the pandemic, worker shortages, and surging demand.

Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader
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Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader

Symantec researchers have identified a campaign perpetrated by a hacker group associated with the Chinese government using VLC Media Player to launch a custom malware...

People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar
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People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar

The U.K. National Health Service will offer roughly 250,000 people in England with type 1 diabetes a skin sensor to monitor their blood sugar.

Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances
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Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances

While these breakthroughs must be considered proofs of concept, they demonstrate the pieces of future quantum datacenters are coming together, says independent...

U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems
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U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems

The alert said the actors are specifically targeting Schneider Electric MODICON and MODICON Nano PLCs, and OMRON Sysmac NJ and NX PLCs.

Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free
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Physical Sensations in VR Go Hands-Free

A new virtual reality haptics system eliminates hand-based hardware by manipulating the forearm instead of the hand to generate physical sensations.

Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software
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Google Bans Apps With Hidden Data-Harvesting Software

Google has pulled dozens of applications from its Google Play store amid researchers' findings that they contain software that secretly harvests data.

Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables
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Scientists Spy on Mount Etna with Fiber-Optic Cables

Scientists are monitoring Italy’s Mount Etna through fiber-optic cables, using distributed acoustic sensing to detect seismic signals that conventional sensors...
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