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Regulating Information Technology
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Regulating Information Technology

Why isn't IT regulated, when it can have such substantial impacts on people's lives?

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
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Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.

Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says
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Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said attackers targeted the state with ransomware that impacted certain state servers, forcing initiation of security protocols...

AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship
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AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

A artificial intelligence system based on genetic evolution has learned to automatically evade online censorship by repressive governments.

Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning
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Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning

Using machine learning to detect deepfakes created for criminal purposes with machine learning.

WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips
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WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips

Researchers found two flaws impacting Intel and STMicroelectronics central processing units that hackers could exploit to steal or doctor data on billions of devices...

Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar
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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar

When a drone is flown as part of a crime, authorities often have a hard time collecting evidence unless they can actually obtain the device.

Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security
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Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security

A group of researchers claim to have developed a method for bypassing biometric security on smartphones using photographs of fingerprints.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers
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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells.

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri
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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet...

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

The Internet Is Getting Less Free
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The Internet Is Getting Less Free

Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting Internet freedoms.

Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era
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Future-proofing Security for the Coming Quantum Era

Cybersecurity majors are being trained to design hardware to be immune from software hacks.    

China Passes Cryptography Law
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China Passes Cryptography Law

China has passed a cryptography statute, which will become law on Jan. 1, that regulates how government, businesses, and private citizens may use the technology...

Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic
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Volkswagen to Test Quantum Navigation App in Real Traffic

Volkswagen will test a quantum navigation app in Portugal next week, with plans to eventually incorporate its capabilities into automobiles.

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
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When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Information Is Physics
From Communications of the ACM

Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.
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