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States Boost Computer Science Education Efforts
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States Boost Computer Science Education Efforts

A new study found that only 45% of U.S. high schools offer classes in computer science, and that girls and minorities are underrepresented in those classes.

AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify
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AIs That Deblur Faces Could Make People on CCTV Easier to Identify

A new artificial intelligence system can automatically deblur photographs of people's faces.

Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon
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Objects Can Now Change Colors Like a Chameleon

A new system uses reprogrammable ink to allow objects to change colors when exposed to ultraviolet (UV) and visible light sources.

Computer Model Turns Text Into Animation
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Computer Model Turns Text Into Animation

Scientists have developed a computer model that can directly render text describing physical movements as computer-generated animation, an initial step toward creating...

The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot
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The Next Hot Job: Pretending to Be a Robot

Many robotic systems are not fully autonomous and require, at the very least, humans monitoring them from afar.

How a Zebrafish Model May Hold a Key to Biology
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How a Zebrafish Model May Hold a Key to Biology

Harvard University reseaerchers used open-source software tools to build a neural network with an architecture different from that of a zebrafish brain, for comparison...

Avast, French Police Take Over Malware Botnet, Disinfect 850,000 Computers
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Avast, French Police Take Over Malware Botnet, Disinfect 850,000 Computers

Antivirus maker Avast and the French National Police neutralized the back-end infrastructure of a malware botnet.

Making AI Systems Fairer Will Require Time, Guidelines
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Making AI Systems Fairer Will Require Time, Guidelines

Director Christoph Lütge on the new Institute for Ethics in Artificial Intelligence at the Technical University of Munich.

One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems
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One in Five U.K. Schools Says Students Have Broken Into Computer Systems

A cybersecurity audit found 21% of 430 U.K. schools had their computers, networks, or servers hacked by students.

COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All
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COBOL Turns 60: Why It Will Outlive Us All

In the beginning, there was machine languages and assembler. Neither was easy to use, but then along came COBOL, and everything changed.

The Top Programming Languages 2019
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The Top Programming Languages 2019

IEEE Spectrum's 2019 roster of leading programming languages once again ranks Python in the top slot.

Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.
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Schools Pushed for Tech in Every Classroom. Now Parents Are Pushing Back.

U.S. schools have made huge technology investments in the last 10 years, but now parents and educators question whether the effect of technology on education has...

Get Ready for More Humanlike Bots, Better Deep-Fake Videos, Wall-to-Wall Disinformation in 2020 Race
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Get Ready for More Humanlike Bots, Better Deep-Fake Videos, Wall-to-Wall Disinformation in 2020 Race

Two new studies anticipate that foreign and domestic actors will ramp up efforts to disseminate disinformation and fake news in order to manipulate voters in the...

Why Mastercard Is Betting on Middle School Girls to Detect Cyberthreats
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Why Mastercard Is Betting on Middle School Girls to Detect Cyberthreats

Mastercard's Girls4Tech program aims to inspire middle school girls worldwide to pursue careers in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence, with the goal of recruiting...

Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License
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Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License

The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System passed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and completed...

Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill
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Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill

Tomorrow's wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare.

An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft
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An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft

A French insurance company said one of its clients had been victimized by thieves using voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive and dupe an employee...

MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift
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MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift

Scientists have upgraded a fleet of autonomous boats to autonomously disconnect and reassemble into different forms of floating platforms, in the canals of Amsterdam...

How America's First Digitally Operated Reactor Could Push Nuclear Technology Forward
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How America's First Digitally Operated Reactor Could Push Nuclear Technology Forward

The Purdue University Reactor Number One nuclear plant has switched over from analog to all-digital operation as a testbed for the technology.

British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows
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British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows

Researchers at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Center in the U.K. are testing next-generation 5G mobile technology aimed at helping make dairy...
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