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DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records--They Write Code
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DJs of the Future Don't Spin Records--They Write Code

Artists in the underground electronic music culture are performing live-coding shows or "algoraves," in which they program software algorithms to create new forms...

Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing
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Driverless Car Learns to Perform High-Speed Turns Without Crashing

Researchers at Stanford University have created a system that allowed an autonomous car to learn to make high-speed turns without spinning out.

He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'
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He Helped Create AI. Now, He Worries About 'Killer Robots'

Yoshua Bengio, a co-recipient of the 2018 ACM A.M. Turing Award, is concerned about artificial intelligence being weaponized.

DeepMind and Google: the Battle to Control Artificial Intelligence
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DeepMind and Google: the Battle to Control Artificial Intelligence

Demis Hassabis founded a company to build the world's most powerful AI. Then Google bought him out. Hal Hodson asks who is in charge.

NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests
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NASA's Mars Helicopter Completes Flight Tests

Since the Wright brothers first took to the skies of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina, Dec. 17, 1903, first flights have been important milestones in the life of...

Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash
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Initial Findings Put Boeing's Software at Center of Ethiopian 737 Crash

At a high-level briefing at the Federal Aviation Administration on March 28, officials revealed "black box" data from Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 indicated that...

How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet
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How Smarter Technology Will Feed the Planet

Technology solutions increasingly are being employed to enable more efficient and intelligent agriculture.

Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk
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Researchers Warn Open Sky Drone Policy Poses Cybercriminal Risk

Researchers warn of the potential for unregulated aerial drones to threaten citizens.

Chinese, U.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test
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Chinese, U.S. Researchers Develop Simulator for Improving Self-Driving Car Safety Before Road Test

A new system could make self-driving technology easier to evaluate in the lab and ensure more reliable safety before expensive road testing.

The Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking Among Computer Programmers, But Still Quite Large
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The Gender Wage Gap is Shrinking Among Computer Programmers, But Still Quite Large

In the U.S., the unadjusted pay gap registers at 21.4%, meaning women make just $0.79 for every $1 men earn, according to Glassdoor's most recent gender pay gap...

Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years
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Study Awarded Top Paper of Past 50 Years

The ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Science Education cited new research as the top paper of the past 50 years.

The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints  LISTEN· 4:24
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The U.S. Pledges A Harder Line In Cyberspace, And Drops Some Hints LISTEN· 4:24

Army Gen. Paul Nakasone, who heads both the National Security Agency and the U.S. Cyber Command, usually doesn't say much in public.

Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars
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Asteroids, Hydrogen Make Great Recipe for Life on Mars

A new study reveals asteroid impacts on ancient Mars could have produced key ingredients for life if the Martian atmosphere was rich in hydrogen.

The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines
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The Risks of Marrying 'Smart' Technology With 'Dumb' Machines

Before the Internet of Things becomes a pervasive reality, technology experts and public safety professionals are airing their concerns about cyber-physical security...

AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective
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AI Can Make Eye Doctors More Effective

Research at Google has found that artificial intelligence algorithms can help eye doctors make more accurate diagnoses.

Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition
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Dockworkers v. Robots, Los Angeles Edition

The International Longshore & Warehouse Union is fighting a Danish firm's plan to use unmanned vehicles to move shipping containers around the Los Angeles port...

Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds
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Data Sharing by Popular Health Apps is "Routine," Research Finds

Researchers have found mobile health apps pose unprecedented risk to consumers' privacy because of their ability to collect and share user data.

Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow
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Autonomous Vehicles Battle in the Snow

A competition of self-driving snowplows.

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business
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Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms...

Resistance to Killer Robots Growing
From ACM TechNews

Resistance to Killer Robots Growing

Activists from 35 countries met in Germany this week to urge a ban on lethal autonomous weapons, ahead of new talks on such weapons in Switzerland.
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