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Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play
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Game Over: Chinese Company Deploys Facial Recognition to Limit Youths' Play

Tencent Games says it has been using facial recognition to enforce China's rules on how much time people under 18 can spend playing video games.

We Tested AI Interview Tools. Here's What We Found.
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We Tested AI Interview Tools. Here's What We Found.

One gave our candidate a high score for English proficiency when she spoke only in German.

Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves
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Tech Spending Expected to Rise as Pandemic Restrictions Ease, Economy Improves

Market researcher Forrester Research has revised its 2021 forecast of U.S. enterprise information technology spending growth from 6% to 7.4% over 2020 levels.

Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say
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Mass Ransomware Hack Used IT Software Flaws, Researchers Say

Cybersecurity researchers said the Russia-associated REvil hacker gang last weekend exploited previously unknown software flaws to cause a mass ransomware attack...

NASA's Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'Takes the Wheel'
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NASA's Self-Driving Perseverance Mars Rover 'Takes the Wheel'

A new auto-navigation system will allow the Perseverance rover on Mars to drive itself.

Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'
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Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'

Overpromising and underdelivering.

Prominent Women Call for Tech Giants to Act Against Online Harassment
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Prominent Women Call for Tech Giants to Act Against Online Harassment

The signatories included the tennis champion Billie Jean King, and the actors Thandiwe Newton, Ashley Judd and Emma Watson.

Pentagon Cancels $10-billion JEDI Cloud Contract
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Pentagon Cancels $10-billion JEDI Cloud Contract

The Department of Defense said it's calling off the $10-billion cloud contract that was the subject of a legal battle involving Amazon and Microsoft.

Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now
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Robocalls Are Out of Control. But That Could All Change Now

As of June 30, all major voice providers in the U.S., including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, and Comcast, are required to implement technology to minimize illegal robocalls...

Will AI Rewrite Coding?
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Will AI Rewrite Coding?

There is an emerging effort to tap artificial intelligence to write code based on short text descriptions of what the code should do.

The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach
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The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach

A $150 million chip-making tool from a Dutch company has become a lever in the U.S.-Chinese struggle. It also shows how entrenched the global supply chain is.

Robots Take Vertical Farming to New Heights
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Robots Take Vertical Farming to New Heights

Fifth Season, a vertical farm in Braddock, PA, uses robots to grow greens indoors, from seed to harvest.

Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox
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Mozilla Partners with Princeton Researchers for Privacy-Focused Data Sharing Platform on Firefox

The Mozilla Web browser's newly-launched Rally data sharing platform is designed to strengthen users' data privacy.

Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I.
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Using A.I. to Find Bias in A.I.

The problem of bias in artificial intelligence is facing increasing scrutiny from regulators and is a growing business for start-ups and tech stalwarts.

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just
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Alondra Nelson Wants to Make Science and Tech More Just

The deputy director of the White House science office plans to tackle algorithmic bias and start candid conversations about the past.

Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'
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Fired by Bot at Amazon: 'It's You Against the Machine'

Contract drivers say algorithms terminate them by email—even when they have done nothing wrong.

How Tesla is Using a Supercomputer to Train its Self-Driving Tech
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How Tesla is Using a Supercomputer to Train its Self-Driving Tech

Tesla's approach to autonomy is controversial: It relies on just cameras to see and understand the roads.

Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice
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Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice

Scientists used machine learning to develop an automatic mapping service that can enhance traffic management with greater intelligence.

Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners
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Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners

The Linux Foundation and partners Target, Microsoft, Veritone, Schwarz Gruppe, Wegmans Food Markets, and Deutsche Telekom, created the Open Voice Network.
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