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Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant
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Walmart's Latest Tool for Ordering Groceries: Google Assistant

Walmart this month will launch a new service in which customers can order groceries virtually through Google Assistant.

Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here
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Your Drone-Delivered Coffee Is (Almost) Here

Iceland-based Aha uses aerial drones to deliver food and small consumer goods.

AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'
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AI Pioneer: 'The Dangers of Abuse Are Very Real'

Yoshua Bengio is one of three computer scientists who last week shared the US$1-million A. M. Turing award—one of the field's top prizes.

Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again
From ACM News

Ethiopian Air Pilots Turned Off 737 MAX Anti-Stall System. Then It Turned On Again

The pilots of Ethiopia Airlines Flight 302 apparently followed the proper steps to shut down an errant flight control system as they struggled to regain control...

Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research
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Middle East Countries Accelerate Quantum Computing Research

Universities in Saudi Arabia, Qatar, and the United Arab Emirates have launched quantum computing research groups to foster homegrown knowledge of the technology...

Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust
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Robot Discovers Lying About a Betrayal Helps Rebuild Trust

Researchers have shown that it is relatively easy for robots to regain the trust of humans after lying to them.

Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats
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Computer Program Predicts Risk of Deadly Irregular Heart Beats

A new computer-based set of rules more accurately predicts when patients with a rare heart condition might benefit from lifesaving implanted defibrillators.

AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)
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AI Is Flying Drones (Very, Very Slowly)

Researchers have developed an autonomous drone that navigates using artificial intelligence.

Embedding NEMS Devices Within CMOS
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Embedding NEMS Devices Within CMOS

A new process combines combined metal oxide semiconductors and micro-electro-mechanical systems in a single package.

Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane
From ACM News

Three Small Stickers in Intersection Can Cause Tesla Autopilot to Swerve Into Wrong Lane

Security researchers from Tencent have demonstrated a way to use physical attacks to spoof Tesla's autopilot.

Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East
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Some Startup Founders Leave Silicon Valley 'Bubble' and Head East

Some Silicon Valley technology entrepreneurs are relocating to New York City, lured by increased availability of venture capital, skilled professionals, and affordable...

Previously Unknown Flaw in Intel Chips Could Allow Hackers to Steal Private Data From Your Computer
From ACM TechNews

Previously Unknown Flaw in Intel Chips Could Allow Hackers to Steal Private Data From Your Computer

Security analysts have discovered a previously unknown vulnerability within Intel hardware that could enable the interception of private data inside one's computer...

New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue
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New Davis Cup Goes Virtual to Increase Sponsorship Revenue

The Davis Cup tennis tournament is being revamped to incorporate virtual replacement advertising during broadcasts at the inaugural game in Madrid, Spain.

First Bacterial Genome Created Entirely With a Computer
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First Bacterial Genome Created Entirely With a Computer

Researchers at ETH Zurich in Switzerland have developed a technique that significantly streamlines production of large DNA molecules containing hundreds of genes...

Tesla Cars Keep More Data Than You Think
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Tesla Cars Keep More Data Than You Think

Two "white hat hackers" discovered that crashed Tesla vehicles sent to salvage contain unencrypted personal data, including information from drivers' paired mobile...

Viruoso of Mobile Sensing Technology Receives ACM Prize in Computing
From ACM News

Viruoso of Mobile Sensing Technology Receives ACM Prize in Computing

Shwetak Patel broke new ground in Internet of Things (IoT) research, and brought innovative products to market.

The Problem with SMS Two-Factor Authentication
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The Problem with SMS Two-Factor Authentication

SMS two-factor authentication has some security issues that have prompted companies to get creative.

How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?
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How Can Doctors Be Sure A Self-Taught Computer Is Making The Right Diagnosis?

Researchers at Stanford University have developed an algorithm that can teach itself how to diagnose conditions.

Food Lion, Other Grocers Will Use AI for Food Suppliers
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Food Lion, Other Grocers Will Use AI for Food Suppliers

Food Lion and five sister U.S. grocery chains will use artificial intelligence to revamp their food-ordering process.

Banks Use AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act
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Banks Use AI to Catch Rogue Traders Before the Act

Over the past few years, banks have made significant strides in trader surveillance, embracing communication monitoring tools that look for obvious flash phrases...
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