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Early Facebook, Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built
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Early Facebook, Google Employees Form Coalition to Fight What They Built

The cohort is creating a union of concerned experts called the Center for Humane Technology.

China: Police Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses
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China: Police Using Facial-Recognition Sunglasses

The Chinese government is equipping its police with real-time facial-recognition sunglasses to instantly locate criminals in crowds.

Online Sites Fight Back Against Blocked Ads
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Online Sites Fight Back Against Blocked Ads

Researchers recently examined the anti-ad blocking environment and what can be done to improve it.

Social Robot Developed at UNSW Set to Revolutionize Workplace Experience
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Social Robot Developed at UNSW Set to Revolutionize Workplace Experience

Researchers have developed a social robot to promote creativity and collaboration in the workplace.

Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society
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Center for Machine Intelligence Launched to Help Build a Smarter and Safer Society

The University of Southampton in the U.K. recently launched the Center for Machine Intelligence.

Where's the Bear?
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Where's the Bear?

Researchers are using machine learning to identify and classify wildlife caught on camera.

Researchers Take Terahertz Data Links Around the Bend
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Researchers Take Terahertz Data Links Around the Bend

A recent study demonstrated terahertz frequency data links can bounce around a room without losing too much data, which could make terahertz wireless data networks...

How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats
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How Nuclear Weapons Research Revealed New Climate Threats

After atmospheric scientist Ivana Cvijanovic began pushing a computerized climate simulation to its limits, she noticed a disturbing result: as Arctic sea ice nearly...

Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start
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Winter Olympics’ Security on Alert, but Hackers Have a Head Start

More than 300 Olympics-related computer systems have already been hit, with many of them compromised.

Mind the Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, and Magnets
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Mind the Gap: This Researcher Steals Data With Noise, Light, and Magnets

The field of cybersecurity is obsessed with preventing and detecting breaches, finding every possible strategy to keep hackers from infiltrating your digital inner...

EFF Founder and Internet Activist John Perry Barlow Has Died
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EFF Founder and Internet Activist John Perry Barlow Has Died

John Perry Barlow has one of those resumes that seems too surreal to be true: poet turned Grateful Dead lyricist; lifelong activist; columnist for Communications...

Inside North Korea's Hacker Army
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Inside North Korea's Hacker Army

In most respects, Jong Hyok looks like any other middle-aged male tech worker you might see on the skyscraper-shadowed streets of Seoul's Gangnam district: smartphone...

Supercomputing More Light Than Heat
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Supercomputing More Light Than Heat

Researchers have used the eXtreme Science and Engineering Discovery Environment to gain access to more than 975,000 compute hours on the Maverick supercomputing...

Quantum Algorithms Struggle Against Old Foe: Clever Computers
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Quantum Algorithms Struggle Against Old Foe: Clever Computers

The quest for "quantum supremacy" – unambiguous proof that a quantum computer does something faster than an ordinary computer – has paradoxically led to a boom...

NSF Grant Awarded to Fund Study of Using Augmented Reality to Interest Girls in STEM
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NSF Grant Awarded to Fund Study of Using Augmented Reality to Interest Girls in STEM

Researchers at the University of Maryland' Center for Environmental Sciences' Appalachian Laboratory have received a U.S. National Science Foundation grant to use...

Neural Networks Allow US to 'Read Faces' in a New Way
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Neural Networks Allow US to 'Read Faces' in a New Way

Stanford University professor Michal Kosinski is using deep neural networks to illustrate the use of facial-recognition technology for invasive monitoring

If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)
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If Workers Slack Off, the Wristband Will Know. (and Amazon Has a Patent For It.)

What if your employer made you wear a wristband that tracked your every move, and that even nudged you via vibrations when it judged that you were doing something...

Breaking Down Barriers to Computer Science For Students With Disabilities
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Breaking Down Barriers to Computer Science For Students With Disabilities

Disabled students are often shortchanged in computer science education, and Sheryl Burgstahler, director of the University of Washington's DO-IT Center, is working...

China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget
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China Wants to Make the Chips that Will Add AI to Any Gadget

In an office at Tsinghua University in Beijing, a computer chip is crunching data from a nearby camera, looking for faces stored in a database.

Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel
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Inside Amazon's Artificial Intelligence Flywheel

In early 2014, Srikanth Thirumalai met with Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos.
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