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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions
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Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions

The fashion industry is seeking technological solutions to the growing problem of unwanted textiles through tailored apparel.

Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper
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Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Bengio was co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Prize, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2020, he was elected by his peers to The Royal Society...

An Animating Spirit
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An Animating Spirit

ACM A.M. Turing Award recipients, Ed Catmull and Pat Hanrahan, overcame industry indifference to found Pixar and put their computer graphics expertise to work. ...

Leveraging Unlabeled Data
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Leveraging Unlabeled Data

Deep learning looks for better pretexts.

Seeing Through Walls
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Seeing Through Walls

Artificial intelligence makes sense of radio signals to understand what someone in another room is doing.

Hiring from the Autism Spectrum
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Hiring from the Autism Spectrum

Companies increasingly are looking to hire people who are on the autism spectrum to fill IT roles.

Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight
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Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight

A new spherical visual sensor mimics the structure of the human eye.

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots
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Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists developed a low-cost system to track the location of flexible surgical robots operating inside the human body.

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor
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Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Two studies evaluated a robot comedian's performance at comedy clubs to gather data to enable more effective robot-human interplay through humor.

ACM Honors Computing Innovators for Advances in Research, Education, Industry
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ACM Honors Computing Innovators for Advances in Research, Education, Industry

ACM has named leading innovators to receive three prestigious awards for their contributions to research, education, and industry.

White House Panel: Build New Tech Infrastructure for Future Jobs
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White House Panel: Build New Tech Infrastructure for Future Jobs

The White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board has called on the U.S. government and private industry to collaboratively build a technological infrastructure...

Prepare to be Tracked and Tested as You Return to Work
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Prepare to be Tracked and Tested as You Return to Work

Many reopening businesses will ask workers to take coronavirus tests, report symptoms, don masks, wear dongles, and work under the gaze of new sensors and cameras...

A New Class of AI Ethics
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A New Class of AI Ethics

The ethics of artificial intelligence is increasingly part of school curricula. Will it lead to a better world?

Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing
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Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Apple and Google released software on Wednesday that will allow public health agencies around the world to build their own apps to track who may have been exposed...

Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats
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Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats

The contract is for "seven figures," Google says.

Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools
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Pandemic Spike in AI Learning--and What It Means For Schools

The learning platform edX has seen its enrollments increase tenfold while its computer science offerings increase ninefold over the past few months, fueled by the...

Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic
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Coding for Covid-19: Contest Calls on Developers to Help Fight the Pandemic

One track in this year's IBM Call for Code challenge focused on the Covid-19 pandemic.

Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing
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Algorithm Helps Analyze Images to Improve Health Care, Manufacturing

A new algorithm makes it easier for humans to recognize and analyze patterns that appear in both natural and manufactured systems.

Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses
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Seeing the Universe Through New Lenses

An international team of researchers found 335 new gravitational lensing candidates in the data collected for a U.S. Department of Energy-supported telescope project...
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