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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI
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If Your Image Is Online, It Might Be Training Facial-Recognition AI

The photo is undeniably cute: a mom and a dad—he with a stubbly beard and rimless glasses, she with choppy brown hair and a wide grin—goofing around and eating...

Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data
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Algorithms Spot Millions of California's Tiniest Quakes in Historical Data

When it comes to earthquakes, large, destructive ones dominate the headlines.

The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places
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The Hunt for Alien Life Starts in Earth's Most Extreme Places

Scientists are using advanced technology to explore extreme environments on Earth to seek out and examine resilient microorganisms.

UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects
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UT Students Develop Software to Help Satellites Seek Objects

Researchers have developed navigation software for a satellite launched Tuesday with a resupply mission to the International Space Station.

Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood
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Can a Computer Write a Script? Machine Learning Goes Hollywood

The idea of using machine learning programs to help write scripts and other tasks is becoming increasingly popular in Hollywood.

YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots
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YouTube's Notre Dame-9/11 Flub Highlights AI's Blind Spots

YouTube might need a few more humans. The machines whose job is to tamp down conspiracy theories are not cutting it just yet.

World’s Largest Quantum Computer Doubles Down
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World’s Largest Quantum Computer Doubles Down

D-Wave unveils an upgraded quantum computer featuring more than twice the qubits.

New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick
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New Recruitment Tool for Construction: The Joystick

The U.S. construction industry aims to restore its workforce by attracting younger replacements who grew up playing PC games.

Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 
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Craftsmen Built Notre Dame Eight Centuries Ago. Now It May Be Up to Robots to Save It. 

As the first images of charred wreckage inside the Notre Dame cathedral appeared online Tuesday, engineers around the world said one observation was already clear...

Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories
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Algorithms to Enhance Forest Inventories

A researcher at Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in Switzerland has developed algorithms capable of determining inventory parameters of trees over large...

Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move
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Employee Privacy in the U.S. at Stake as Corporate Surveillance Technology Monitors Workers' Every Move

The advent of technologies that let businesses track, overhear, and monitor employees on company time is raising issues about corporate surveillance.

A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools
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A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools

A new robotic system can figure out at least the first principles of tool use, through a combination of experimentation and observation.

Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool
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Spy on Your Smart Home With This Open Source Research Tool

Princeton University researchers have built an open source Web app that allows homeowners to monitor their smart home devices.

Big Brother at the Mall
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Big Brother at the Mall

The U.S. Congress is investigating the use of advanced technology to track consumers around brick-and-mortar retailers.

Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security
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Photons Trained for Optical Fiber Obstacle Course Will Deliver Stronger Cyber Security

Researchers have demonstrated a technique that will help pairs of entangled photons smoothly navigate optical fibers, enabling stronger cybersecurity.

MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust
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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure...

Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport
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Robotic Heads Powered by AI to Help Passengers at Major German Airport

Frankfurt Airport in Germany is the site of a six-week trial of a robotic head powered by artificial intelligence as an information resource for travelers.

Smart Phone Tricks
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Smart Phone Tricks

Researchers refine ways users can interact with a touchscreen.

Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos
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Computer Model Automatically, Aesthetically Crops Photos

Researchers have developed a way to permit computers to automatically crop photos in an aesthetically satisfying manner.

Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key
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Google Turns Your Android Phone Into Security Key

Google says it has developed a Bluetooth-based authentication protocol that will enable smartphones to communicate with the Chrome Web browser.
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