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ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers
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ICE Has Run Facial Recognition Searches on Millions of Maryland Drivers

Maryland officials said U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have run facial recognition searches on millions of state driver's license photos without...

Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR
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Physiotherapy Could be Done at Home Using VR

Researchers combined virtual reality with three-dimensional motion-capture technology to help patients perform physiotherapy exercises at home.

AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs
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AI is the Next Workplace Disrupter, and It's Coming for High-Skilled Jobs

A Brookings Institution study predicts the next wave of artificial intelligence-driven automation will target white-collar professions like marketing specialists...

NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest
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NeurIPS Requires AI Researchers to Account for Societal Impact and Financial Conflicts of Interest

"The norms around the societal consequences statements are not yet well established," NeurIPS 2020 communications chair Michael Littman said. "We expect them to...

Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep
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Employers Adding High-Tech Solutions to Solve Low-Tech Problem: Getting More Sleep

Employers are providing workers with high-tech tools to help them get more sleep, in the hope of improving productivity and reducing healthcare costs.

'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves
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'Surfing Attack' Hacks Siri, Google with Ultrasonic Waves

A multi-institutional collaboration has demonstrated a "surfing attack" that uses ultrasonic waves to hijack voice-recognition systems on cellphones, including...

Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations
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Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations

Researchers have developed new molecular virus simulations to help fight influenza.

Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think
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Datacenters Use Less Energy Than You Think

Researchers have determined that global datacenter energy consumption remained relatively flat across the last decade.

Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web
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Study Allows Brain, Artificial Neurons to Link Up Over the Web

Researchers have developed a system that brain neurons and artificial neurons to communicate with each other over the Internet.

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared
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Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.

Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint
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Rutgers Robotic Study Finds Way to Measure Contaminants in Paint

Researchers at Rutgers University and ExxonMobil have developed a robotic system that can identify potentially harmful contaminants in paint.

AI Helps Predict Heart Attacks, Stroke
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AI Helps Predict Heart Attacks, Stroke

A study led by researchers in the U.K. used artificial intelligence to measure blood flow in order to forecast death, heart attack, and stroke.

UCLA Researchers Track, Predict Cancer Evolution with Software
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UCLA Researchers Track, Predict Cancer Evolution with Software

An international study used statistical software to estimate the rate at which cancers evolve.

Hacking Bluetooth
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Hacking Bluetooth

Bluetooth device users seldom suspect they are opening themselves to man-in-the-middle hacker attacks.

Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams
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Swarming Robots Avoid Collisions, Traffic Jams

Northwestern University researchers have developed a decentralized algorithm that guarantees collision and congestion avoidance, a key step toward controlling fleets...

A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'
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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel...

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned
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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic...

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.
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