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Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species
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Neural Network Has Learned to Identify Tree Species

Scientists at Russia's Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology (Skoltech) have developed an algorithm that can identify tree species in satellite images.

Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene
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Blockchain Transactions Confirm Murky, Interconnected Ransomware Scene

A study by blockchain investigations firm Chainalysis found that cybercrime gangs often switch ransomware-as-a-service suppliers as they seek better profits.

Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide
From ACM TechNews

Where Do Vaccine Doses Go, Who Gets Them? The Algorithms Decide

Trump administration officials last year formulated a Covid-19 vaccine distribution plan that has an algorithm allocate shots nationwide.

From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards
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From Lightbulbs to 5G, China Battles West for Control of Vital Technology Standards

China is channeling state funding and political influence to wrest control of technical standards for cutting-edge technologies from the West.

Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News
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Scientists Develop Method to Detect Fake News

Researchers used machine learning to develop a method for identifying fake news even when such reports are repeatedly adapted.

Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers
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Flying Robots Suggest Bees Can't Rely on Instinct to Land on Flowers

Researchers used small drones to study how bees land on a flower.

Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing
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Quantum Systems Learn Joint Computing

Researchers connected two quantum bits (qubits) in two different laboratories to a distributed quantum computer via a 60-meter (196-foot) optical fiber.

How the United States Lost to Hackers
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How the United States Lost to Hackers

America's biggest vulnerability in cyberwarfare is hubris.

Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers
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Scientists Achieve 'Transformational' Breakthrough in Scaling Quantum Computers

The Gooseberry cryogenic computer chip can operate at ‘millikelvin’ temperatures approaching absolute zero.

Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos
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Here's a Way to Learn If Facial Recognition Systems Used Your Photos

The Exposing.AI online tool lets people search image collections for photos of themselves, to learn if such images were used to train facial recognition systems...

Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers
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Ford's Spin Wants to Curb E-Scooter Dumping with Remote-Controlled Three-Wheelers

Ford Motor's Spin division has announced a new service allowing electronic scooter operators to remotely move their scooters if they wind up in public spaces.

Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language
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Scientists Develop Computational Approach to Understand How Infants Perceive Language

A  team of cognitive scientists and computational linguists has developed a modeling framework based on large-scale simulation of infants' language learning process...

Can AI Map Our Moods?
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Can AI Map Our Moods?

Researchers from Stanford University and the University of Michigan developed a machine learning model that can infer a person's mood from their Facebook posts....

F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities
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F-35's Buggy Software Prompts Pentagon to Call in Universities

The Pentagon is consulting with U.S. universities to evaluate software on aerospace company Lockheed Martin's F-35 fighter jet in the hope of correcting the buggy...

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada
From ACM News

Clearview AI’s Facial Recognition App Called Illegal in Canada

Canadian authorities declared that the company needed citizens' consent to use their biometric information, and told the firm to delete facial images from its database...

Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars
From ACM TechNews

Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars

Ford Motor announced a six-year agreement to use Google's Android operating system to power in-vehicle multimedia displays beginning in 2023.

South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound
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South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound

South Korean broadcaster SBS plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to "resurrect" deceased folk singer Kim Kwang-seok for a new AI vs. human competition.

Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR
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Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR

The Sundance Film Festival is giving attendees access to a virtual reality platform that can be accessed with or without a VR headset by logging onto a website....

Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies
From ACM TechNews

Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies

Google is moving ahead with a plan to strip third-party cookies from its Chrome Web browser and replace them with privacy-friendly alternatives.

Eyes on the Skies
From ACM News

Eyes on the Skies

Fighting delivery drone privacy invasions.
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