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Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers
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Cities Using Digital Twins Like SimCity for Policymakers

Cities like Orlando, FL, and Singapore are using digital twins to generate virtual models of themselves, in order to simulate the effects of potential new policies...

Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV
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Researchers Use Decommissioned Satellite to Broadcast Hacker TV

Researchers in the Shadytel telecommunications and embedded device hacking group used a decommissioned Canadian satellite to broadcast a livestream to the Northern...

AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong
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AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed an approach that enables a neural network to run a code like a standard computer.

'We Became Like a Big Startup.' How Kyiv Adapted Tech to Save Lives
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'We Became Like a Big Startup.' How Kyiv Adapted Tech to Save Lives

Kyiv city officials have been working to adapt and repurpose the Ukrainian capital's technology amid the war with Russia.

ACM Prize in Computing Recognizes Pioneer of Robot Learning
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ACM Prize in Computing Recognizes Pioneer of Robot Learning

Pieter Abbeel's groundbreaking research helped shape contemporary robotics and continues to drive the future of the field.

Study Reveals Why Facebook Ads Can Miss Target
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Study Reveals Why Facebook Ads Can Miss Target

North Carolina State University researchers have determined that Facebook's targeted advertising algorithm does not account for the context of users' activities...

Acoustic Fiber Can Turn Fabrics into Mics, Speakers
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Acoustic Fiber Can Turn Fabrics into Mics, Speakers

A team of multi-institutional scientists has developed a single-fiber acoustic sensor that can transform fabrics into microphones and speakers.

Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries
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Exxon Weighs Taking Gas-to-Bitcoin Pilot to Four Countries

A pilot program launched by Exxon Mobil Corp. involves powering cryptocurrency-mining operations using excess natural gas that otherwise would be burned off from...

State Department Launches Cyber Bureau
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State Department Launches Cyber Bureau

The newly-minted office starts its work as U.S. and world leaders fret about cyberattacks spilling out of Russia's unprovoked invasion of neighboring Ukraine.

BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers
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BlackByte Ransomware Bites Critical Infrastructure, the San Francisco 49ers

One ransomware attack struck a professional football team as competitors were preparing for the Super Bowl.

Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder
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Elon Musk Buys 9.2% Stake in Twitter, Making Him the Largest Shareholder

A stake of less than 10% in a company is considered "passive" by Wall Street, but it could signal an effort by Musk to take a more active role in how Twitter is...

Algorithm Can Identify People by Their Heartbeat
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Algorithm Can Identify People by Their Heartbeat

Researchers are developing an algorithm that can identify people by heartbeat.

Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco
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Waymo to Send Driverless Cars Through San Francisco

Waymo has deployed fully driverless cars onto the streets of San Francisco to provide free rides to its employees.

Putting 3D Printers to Work in Ukraine's War Zone
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Putting 3D Printers to Work in Ukraine's War Zone

Entrepreneurs in Poland are rushing three-dimensional printers to Ukraine for the manufacture of defensive equipment.

Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'
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Data-Harvesting Code in Mobile Apps Sends User Data to 'Russia's Google'

A researcher found that Yandex, known as "Russia's Google," embedded code in apps for mobile devices that allows data to be sent to servers in Russia.

Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?
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Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?

The opportunities seem endless. The reality is much more complicated.

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

A growing number of new products allow anyone to apply artificial intelligence without having to write a line of computer code. Proponents believe the "no-code"...

AI Beats 8 World Champions at Bridge
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AI Beats 8 World Champions at Bridge

Victory marks milestone for AI as bridge requires more human skills than other strategy games

Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream
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Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream

For years, the country has been trying to create its own sovereign Internet—a goal given new impetus by the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.

How AI is  Cleaning Up the High Seas
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How AI is Cleaning Up the High Seas

The state of maritime monitoring hasn't changed much in generations. Pirates beware; AI is changing that.  
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