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Medical Digital Twins: a New Frontier
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Medical Digital Twins: a New Frontier

Today, a digital twin of the pancreas; tomorrow, the immune system?

Digital Technology Fans Firefighting
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Digital Technology Fans Firefighting

New tools help firefighters identify the dynamics and characteristics of a fire—and respond more effectively.

A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come
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A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come

Cybersecurity experts agree the recently uncovered Log4Shell software vulnerability is the most dangerous on record.

Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ
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Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ

Researchers say their GT Sophy is the first artificial intelligence able to beat professional esports players in the motorsport game Gran Turismo.

MIT Develops New Programming Language for High-Performance Computers
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MIT Develops New Programming Language for High-Performance Computers

With a tensor language prototype, "speed and correctness do not have to compete … they can go together, hand-in-hand."

Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion
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Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion

Google routinely restricts in-depth information until a majority of users have had the chance to apply the update, which will be rolled out in the near future. ...

AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers
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AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers

Artificial intelligence can eliminate errors from a group of quantum bits, thanks to researchers at Germany's RWTH Aachen University.

Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware
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Microsoft to (Finally) Block Macros to Stop Malware

Threat groups often hide malware behind macros in innocent-seeming documents, but Microsoft's proposed change should make that route less effective.

The New Spy Wars
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The New Spy Wars

A tale about Israel, Pegasus, and the world.

DeepMind Says its New AI Coding Engine is As Good As an Average Human Programmer
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DeepMind Says its New AI Coding Engine is As Good As an Average Human Programmer

AlphaCode is good, but not great — not yet.

7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts
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7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts

Six 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo, Japan, will soon feature floating holographic displays that will allow customers to check out without any physical contact.

Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature
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Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature

The software recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.

The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon
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The Battle for the World's Most Powerful Cyberweapon

A Times investigation reveals how Israel reaped diplomatic gains from NSO's Pegasus spyware, a tool America itself purchased but is now trying to ban.

Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros
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Bug Lurking for 12 Years Gives Attackers Root on Most Major Linux Distros

Polkit, a system-wide privilege manager for Unix-like operating systems, contains a 12-year-old memory-corruption vulnerability.

Smartphone, MD: Going Viral
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Smartphone, MD: Going Viral

A smartphone application and laboratory kit can diagnose COVID-19, COVID variants, and flu virus infections.

Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'
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Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'

That's Tesla's mess to deal with.

Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users
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Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users

Security researchers have uncovered macOS malware that can be installed by exploits almost impossible for most users to detect.

Solving for Why
From Communications of the ACM

Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?
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