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Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud
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Amazon Wants to Train 29 Million People to Work in the Cloud

Amazon plans to help train 29 million people worldwide to work in the cloud by 2025.

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.

Smarter Traffic Lights, Calmer Commuters
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Smarter Traffic Lights, Calmer Commuters

Advances in technology may come to a corner near you, easing traffic and possibly helping the environment.

Drones Are Poised to Reshape Home Design
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Drones Are Poised to Reshape Home Design

A rethink of home design may be needed to accommodate remote drone delivery, which could reconfigure entire neighborhoods to establish designated drone airspace...

Consumers Increasingly Touch on Contactless Payments
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Consumers Increasingly Touch on Contactless Payments

The ability to pay touch-free during the Coronavirus pandemic is persuading more consumers and retailers to go contactless.

Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased
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Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased

Researchers at Harvard University and Germany's Technische Universität Berlin analyzing how "fair" ranking algorithms affect gender uncovered inconsistent ranking...

Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General
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Facebook Hit With Antitrust Lawsuits by FTC, State Attorneys General

Claims target social-media giant's past acquisitions, tactics against competitors.

Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed
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Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed

Internet of Things security firm Forescout uncovered 33 flaws in seven open source TCP/IP stacks that potentially leave millions of IoT devices vulnerable.

Stanford Researchers Study Trust in Autonomous Products
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Stanford Researchers Study Trust in Autonomous Products

Stanford University engineers investigating how altering peoples' moods affect their trust in a smart speaker were surprised by their results.

Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us
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Silicon Valley's Next Goal Is 3D Maps of the World--Made by Us

Ordinary online users are being conscripted by Silicon Valley technology companies to produce three-dimensional digital maps of the world.

Coronavirus Apps Show Promise but Prove a Tough Sell
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Coronavirus Apps Show Promise but Prove a Tough Sell

Despite pilot studies demonstrating that smartphone applications can slow Covid-19 transmission, buy-in from people and states is lacking.

Police in Mississippi Want Access to Live Home Security Video, Alarming Privacy Advocates
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Police in Mississippi Want Access to Live Home Security Video, Alarming Privacy Advocates

Officials in Jackson, MS, are expanding police surveillance by permitting live feeds from private security cameras to be sent to the city's real-time command center...

Computer Science Professor,  Postdoc Launch Online Database on History of Slavery
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Computer Science Professor, Postdoc Launch Online Database on History of Slavery

"Enslaved: Peoples of the Historical Slave Trade," a database collecting archives and entries documenting the lives of those who were enslaved, owned slaves, or...

Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds
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Global Losses from Cybercrime Skyrocketed to Nearly $1 trillion in 2020, Report Finds

IP theft and financial crime account for at least 75% of cyber losses and pose the greatest threat to companies, according to the report.
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