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Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course
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Autonomous Shipping Charts Its Course

The maritime industry wades into digitalization; will it float?

Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium
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Apple Loses Copyright Battle Against Security Startup Corellium

Apple's lawsuit against security research firm Corellium has failed, with a federal judge rejecting claims that Corellium's software breached copyright law.

How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk
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How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk

Economics and machine learning researchers have found artificial intelligence is making companies change how they communicate.

To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language
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To the Brain, Reading Computer Code Is Not the Same as Reading Language

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Tufts University neuroscientists have found that reading computer code activates different brain regions than reading...

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
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Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming
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Scientists Decode Neural Mechanisms of Computer Programming

Johns Hopkins University scientists mapped computer programmers' brain activity during coding exercises to uncover the underlying neural processes.

The Next Best Thing to Being There
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The Next Best Thing to Being There

Encouraged by the pandemic, augmented and mixed realities bring new views to end-users in medicine, industry, and the military.

Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit
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Scope of Russian Hack Becomes Clear: Multiple U.S. Agencies Were Hit

The Pentagon, intelligence agencies, nuclear labs, and Fortune 500 companies use software found to have been compromised by Russian hackers. The sweep of stolen...

Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased
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Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased

Researchers at Harvard University and Germany's Technische Universität Berlin analyzing how "fair" ranking algorithms affect gender uncovered inconsistent ranking...

'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C
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'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C

Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.

Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed
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Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed

Internet of Things security firm Forescout uncovered 33 flaws in seven open source TCP/IP stacks that potentially leave millions of IoT devices vulnerable.

Stanford Researchers Study Trust in Autonomous Products
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Stanford Researchers Study Trust in Autonomous Products

Stanford University engineers investigating how altering peoples' moods affect their trust in a smart speaker were surprised by their results.

JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round
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JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

JavaScript is now the world's most popular programming language, even though it started off as a sidekick to Java.

Exploring 'Data Storytelling'
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Exploring 'Data Storytelling'

Conversational interfaces provide spoken responses to queries of business databases.

Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design
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Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that simulates and optimizes robot design and control programs.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.

Software Stalks Malware in the Wild
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Software Stalks Malware in the Wild

A new tool can pinpoint online malware source code repositories with 89% accuracy.

Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize
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Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize

The Association for Computing Machinery named a U.S.-Chinese team of nine researchers as recipients of the 2020 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Deep Potential Molecular...

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.
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