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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain
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Swinburne Researchers Train Robots to Relieve Chronic Pain

A new collaborative robot system can treat back, neck, and head pain caused by soft tissue injury, automatically.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
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Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.

Tech Skills Shortages are Increasing Every Year, and Large Corporates are Worst Affected
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Tech Skills Shortages are Increasing Every Year, and Large Corporates are Worst Affected

Every year, the IT skills shortage worsens, warns Harvey Nash CEO Albert Ellis, with the fields of big data, security and AI most acutely affected.

Students Build App That Empowers Teachers in Remote Corners of the World
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Students Build App That Empowers Teachers in Remote Corners of the World

Students have developed an Android app built specifically for teachers in developing countries that may have limited or no Internet access.

How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens
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How China's Smart-City Tech Focuses on Its Own Citizens

Deloitte and other sources say China is home to about half the approximately 1,000 smart cities currently under development worldwide.

Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think
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Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think

Evidence is growing that image recognition technology may be more susceptible to deception than previously assumed.

How Tech Needs to Change for Coders with Disabilities
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How Tech Needs to Change for Coders with Disabilities

Programmers with disabilities continue to face serious accessibility issues.

Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection
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Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection

Researchers have identified a malware technique designed to evade detection via individualized keystroke characteristics.

A Single Punctuation Mark Has Been Skewing Our Entire System of Scientific Ranking
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A Single Punctuation Mark Has Been Skewing Our Entire System of Scientific Ranking

A study has determined that academic papers with hyphens in their titles are counted less frequently in citation-tallying datasets.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models
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Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models

Researchers have developed physics-based dynamic rupture models that can simulate complex earthquake ruptures using supercomputers.

Driverless Congestion
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Driverless Congestion

A simulation of Zurich, Switzerland, demonstrated that driverless taxis would not replace personal transportation in cities, as long as private autonomous vehicles...

Hacking Diabetes: People Break Into Insulin Pumps as an Alternative to Delayed Innovations
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Hacking Diabetes: People Break Into Insulin Pumps as an Alternative to Delayed Innovations

As some people invest in the latest advancements to help them cope with diabetes, others are hacking into insulin pumps to give them the ability to adjust themselves...

In Memoriam: Raymond E. 'Ray' Miller 1928-2019
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In Memoriam: Raymond E. 'Ray' Miller 1928-2019

Miller was a Fellow of ACM, the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board.

Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset
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Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset

Microsoft has deleted its MS Celeb dataset from the Internet.

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics
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Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics

Ethical responsibility is especially critical to artificial intelligence developers, said Catherine Flick of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.

Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever
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Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and custom-written code to generate the "most detailed" black hole simulation yet.

Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries
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Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

6 Unexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information
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6 Unexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information

Sharing facts like your birthday or your parents' names can open you up to identity theft.
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