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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now
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The Robot Surgeon Will See You Now

Real scalpels, artificial intelligence — what could go wrong?

Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?
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Is Amazon Recommending Books on QAnon, White Nationalism?

A study found that Amazon's recommendation algorithms directs people to books about conspiracy theories and extremism, including those by authors banned by other...

'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough
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'Brain-Like Device' Mimics Human Learning in Major Computing Breakthrough

A device modeled after the human brain can learn by association via synaptic transistors that simultaneously process and store information.

ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Goes to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications
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ACM Chuck Thacker Breakthrough Award Goes to Innovator Who Transformed Web Applications

ACM has named Michael Franz at the University of California, Irvine, recipient of the Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award.

Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany
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Technology Could Turn You Into a Tiffany

Companies are developing digital tools for the design of personalized jewelry, which can be fabricated via sophisticated three-dimensional metal printing.

Girl Scout Troop Teams Up With Google Wing on Cookie Deliveries
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Girl Scout Troop Teams Up With Google Wing on Cookie Deliveries

A Virginia girl scou troop teamed up with Google Wing amid COVID-19.

Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets
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Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets

US bank and QC Ware looked into use of the technology to price complex derivatives.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated
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Stanford Study Questions How Medical AI Devices Are Evaluated

A group of Stanford University researchers wanted to know how much regulators and doctors actually know about the accuracy of the AI devices they are tout and approve...

Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks
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Justice Department Convenes Task Force to Tackle Wave of Ransomware Attacks

The U.S. Department of Justice launched the Ransomware and Digital Extortion Task Force to address the increase in ransomware attacks on critical U.S. organizations...

Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass
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Viable Plan or Security Theatre? Europe Embraces Digital Health Pass

The EU Commission is expected to award a contract soon for a central system to verify "digital green passes" for those who have been vaccinated against COVID-19...

Cyber-Securing the Home Office
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Cyber-Securing the Home Office

Patching the security holes that arise when working from home.

A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images
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A Growing Problem of 'Deepfake Geography': How AI Falsifies Satellite Images

Researchers used satellite photos of three cities and manipulation of video and audio files to identify new methods of detecting deepfake satellite images.

Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips
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Chipmaker Says It Will Ramp Up Production of Older 28nm Chips

Fourth-largest contract chipmaker aiming at supply problems for carmakers, others.

Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why
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Apple and Google Are Killing the (Ad) Cookie. Here's Why

Farewell, advertising cookie.

Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams
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Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams

Researchers found that next-generation sensors and controls used with high-performance computing, analytics, and machine learning could minimize road congestion...

SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security
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SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security

A U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson said the public and private sectors should adopt zero-trust models of security.

How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?
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How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?

Researchers say it is possible to use mirrors to generate a light beam with multiple classical entanglements.

How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run
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How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run

Building owners are using data collection and artificial intelligence to help control systems like heating, lighting, air quality, and even the flow of workers....

Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans
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Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans

Zoomorphic gestures inspired by dogs makes understanding cobots intuitive for anyone.
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