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Tracking Down DOPE, the First Computer Language for Normal Humans
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Tracking Down DOPE, the First Computer Language for Normal Humans

DOPE has remained hidden because it was successful.

AI Art Critic Can Predict Which Emotions a Painting Will Evoke
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AI Art Critic Can Predict Which Emotions a Painting Will Evoke

Stanford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence-based art critic that can predict emotional reactions to famous paintings, and even provide...

Singapore Faces Talent Crunch as Tech Giants Scale Up
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Singapore Faces Talent Crunch as Tech Giants Scale Up

Singapore's ambition to be a regional technology hub faces a talent crunch.

Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars
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Ford to Use Google's Android System in Most Cars

Ford Motor announced a six-year agreement to use Google's Android operating system to power in-vehicle multimedia displays beginning in 2023.

High-Performance Computers Under Siege by Newly Discovered Backdoor
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High-Performance Computers Under Siege by Newly Discovered Backdoor

Researchers at Slovak security firm Eset said a newly discovered backdoor allows hackers to remotely execute arbitrary commands on some high-performance computer...

Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws
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Google Says It's Too Easy for Hackers to Find New Security Flaws

Attackers are exploiting the same types of software vulnerabilities over and over again, because companies often miss the forest for the trees

South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound
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South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound

South Korean broadcaster SBS plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to "resurrect" deceased folk singer Kim Kwang-seok for a new AI vs. human competition.

Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR
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Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR

The Sundance Film Festival is giving attendees access to a virtual reality platform that can be accessed with or without a VR headset by logging onto a website....

Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies
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Google Pursues Plan to Remove Third-Party Cookies

Google is moving ahead with a plan to strip third-party cookies from its Chrome Web browser and replace them with privacy-friendly alternatives.

Eyes on the Skies
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Eyes on the Skies

Fighting delivery drone privacy invasions.

Study Provides First Real-World Evidence of Covid-19 Contact Tracing App Effectiveness
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Study Provides First Real-World Evidence of Covid-19 Contact Tracing App Effectiveness

A collaboration of U.K., U.S., and Spanish scientists revealed new insights on the use of digital contact tracing to control Covid-19.

LED Lighting Development Wins 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering
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LED Lighting Development Wins 2021 Queen Elizabeth Prize for Engineering

The 2021 QEPrize was awarded for the creation and development of LED lighting to Isamu Akasaki, Shuji Nakamura, Nick Holonyak Jr, M. George Craford and Russell...

Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines
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Quantum Computing Scientists Call for Ethical Guidelines

Six quantum computing experts are raising ethical issues about the technology's potential to create new weapons and ramp up human genetic manipulation.

The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots
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The Spread of Covid-19 Led to Surge in Orders for Factory Robots

Orders for factory robots in North America spiked at the end of 2020 as manufacturers sought to avoid danger for employees amid the Covid-19 pandemic.

Holographic Display Improvements Poised to Enhance Virtual, Augmented Reality
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Holographic Display Improvements Poised to Enhance Virtual, Augmented Reality

An approach developed by researchers at NVIDIA and Stanford University can improve image quality and contrast for holographic displays.

Mira's Last Journey: Exploring the Dark Universe
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Mira's Last Journey: Exploring the Dark Universe

Physicists and computer scientists executed a massive cosmological simulation on the Mira supercomputer as that system's final project.

'Bleep-Bloop-Bleep! Say "Cheese," Human'
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'Bleep-Bloop-Bleep! Say "Cheese," Human'

Yale University's Marynel Vazquez and colleagues have built a robot photographer called Shutter designed to put humans at ease.

Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation's Grid Up to It?
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Electric Cars Are Coming, and Fast. Is the Nation's Grid Up to It?

GM's decision to phase out gasoline vehicles is the latest in a major shift that will mean drastic new demands on electric utilities. Here are four things that...

Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses
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Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses

Delivery robot manufacturer Starship Technologies recently expanded its robot-based food delivery services to two additional campuses.

U.S. Leading Race in AI, with China Rising: Survey
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U.S. Leading Race in AI, with China Rising: Survey

A study of 2020 data by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation confirmed the U.S. leads the world in the development and use of artificial intelligence...
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