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U.S. Airports Will Use AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years
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U.S. Airports Will Use AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to expand its Biometric Exit program to cover 97% of outbound air passengers within four years.

Could Technology Protect Synagogues, Soft Targets from Mass Shootings?
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Could Technology Protect Synagogues, Soft Targets from Mass Shootings?

Activists and business leaders are focusing on technological solutions that could prevent or limit the devastation of mass shootings, as political solutions have...

Forget about Artificial Intelligence, Extended Intelligence is the Future
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Forget about Artificial Intelligence, Extended Intelligence is the Future

We should challenge the cult of Singularity. Artificial Intelligence won't take over the world.

Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Uses Leaked NSA Exploits to Spread Across Enterprise Networks
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Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Uses Leaked NSA Exploits to Spread Across Enterprise Networks

Malware is being used to infiltrate corporate networks and hijack computers into running mining code to produce cryptocurrency.

Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Impact on Computing Field
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Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Impact on Computing Field

ACM has recognized four scientists with 2018 citing their longstanding contributions to advance computing's societal role.

Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints
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Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints

Researchers have developed a technique of using simple two-dimensional images to render wearers invisible to surveillance cameras.

In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity
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In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity

Vandals hacked the audio files of scooters in Australia, to make them generate profanities and racist speech.

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex
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Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex

Retailers are testing in-store cameras designed to guess shoppers' ages and genders, to inform real-time advertisements on store video screens.

Need More Energy Storage? Just Hit 'Print'
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Need More Energy Storage? Just Hit 'Print'

Researchers at Drexel University and Trinity College in Ireland have developed ink for an inkjet printer from a highly conductive two-dimensional material. 

AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities
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AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities

Researchers have trained an artificial intelligence to detect inequalities in four U.K. cities using a combination of government statistics and images from Google...

Robots That Can Sort Recycling
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Robots That Can Sort Recycling

A new robotic system can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.

Coding as a Second Language
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Coding as a Second Language

The Panasonic Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation are working together to launch four Code as a Second Language academies around the country.

Letting the Laboratory Drive
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Letting the Laboratory Drive

A self-driving laboratory is a kind of robot scientist that uses sensors to become aware of its environment and artificial intelligence to autonomously make decisions...

Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults
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Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults

The U.K. government will offer free courses to thousands of adults to improve their digital skills.

AI Visionary Nils Nilsson Dies
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AI Visionary Nils Nilsson Dies

Respected AI pioneer and visionary Nils John Nilsson has passed away at age 86.

Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World
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Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World

The University of Alberta has launched a multimedia art exhibit called "Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology."

Geomagnetic Jerks Finally Reproduced, Explained
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Geomagnetic Jerks Finally Reproduced, Explained

Researchers have created a computer model that explains anomalies in the Earth's magnetic field.  

Francine Berman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences
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Francine Berman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Francine Berman of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners
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In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

Doctors are using a hand-held ultrasound scanner to provide medical imaging to residents of remote African villages.

Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality
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Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality

The U.K. startup Scape provides a visual positioning service that uses global positioning systems and multiple camera images to localize users.
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