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Designed to Prepare for Cyberattacks, a Panel Wraps Up Its Work
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Designed to Prepare for Cyberattacks, a Panel Wraps Up Its Work

Some of the Cyberspace Solarium Commission's work remains unfinished as lawmakers wrestle with how to oversee security of cloud computing providers and other issues...

AI Can Predict Who Will Develop Dementia with 92% Accuracy
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AI Can Predict Who Will Develop Dementia with 92% Accuracy

The technique works by spotting patterns linked to dementia outcome in data.

Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?
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Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher who survived breast cancer has devised a technique that seems to predict many breast cancer cases.

'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch
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'Intelligent' Cutters for Trees to Ease Malaysia Palm Oil Labor Crunch

Malaysian precision farming solutions provider IRGA has developed a palm oil harvesting tool that could help the industry manage a chronic labor shortage.

Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race
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Trucks Catch Up in Self-Driving Vehicle Race

Some investors expect trucks to overtake cars in becoming fully autonomous and profitable, as trucks face fewer regulatory and technological barriers to deployment...

Train-Cleaning Robots Protect Staff, Prevent Delays
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Train-Cleaning Robots Protect Staff, Prevent Delays

Scientists at Scotland's Heriot-Watt University and University of Edinburgh have developed train-cleaning robots to shield staff against infections and prevent...

Confidential Computing Conquers Hacks
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Confidential Computing Conquers Hacks

Protecting data while it is in use, rather than at rest or in flight.

ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing
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ML Speeds Up Vehicle Routing

A new machine learning approach could speed up vehicle routing algorithms, which tend to slow down when applied to large urban datasets.

The 'Most Serious' Security Breach Ever is Unfolding Right Now. Here's What You Need to Know
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The 'Most Serious' Security Breach Ever is Unfolding Right Now. Here's What You Need to Know

Much of the Internet, from Amazon's cloud to connected TVs, is riddled with the log4j vulnerability, and has been for years.

The Future of Robot Nannies
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The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

What Does It Mean for AI to Understand?
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What Does It Mean for AI to Understand?

It's simple enough for AI to seem to comprehend data, but devising a true test of a machine's knowledge has proved difficult.

South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases
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South Korea to Test AI-Powered Facial Recognition to Track COVID-19 Cases

South Korea in January plans launch a pilot project to track the movements of persons infected with COVID-19 and anyone with whom they had close contact

Milestone in Quantum Computing With Error Correction
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Milestone in Quantum Computing With Error Correction

Scientists have integrated high-fidelity operations on encoded quantum data with a scalable framework for repeated data stabilization.

DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch
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DHL Doubles Robots as Humans Alone Can't Handle Holiday Crunch

DHL's supply-chain unit has doubled the number of robots it uses in the U.S. to about 1,500 ahead of the holidays, in addition to hiring 15,000 seasonal workers...

Gunfire or Plastic Bag Popping? Trained Computer Knows the Difference
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Gunfire or Plastic Bag Popping? Trained Computer Knows the Difference

Florida Atlantic University researchers found that gunshot sound detector systems misclassified 75% of plastic bag popping sounds as gunshot sounds.

Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing
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Killer Robots Aren't Science Fiction. A Push to Ban Them Is Growing

A U.N. conference made little headway on limiting development and use of killer robots, prompting stepped-up calls to outlaw such weapons with a new treaty.

AWS Goes Down for Second Time in Two Weeks, Taking Netflix With It - Again
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AWS Goes Down for Second Time in Two Weeks, Taking Netflix With It - Again

The outage totally shut down internet connectivity in two regions of the USA

TikTok to Adjust Its Algorithm to Avoid Negative Reinforcement
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TikTok to Adjust Its Algorithm to Avoid Negative Reinforcement

The app says it is working to diversify the content it pushes to individual users in order to protect their mental well-being.

How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.
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How to Scare an Invasive Fish? A Menacing Robot Predator.

University of Western Australia scientists have created a robot fish to terrify the invasive mosquitofish species by mimicking its most feared predator.

ML Flags Remedies That Might Do More Harm Than Good
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ML Flags Remedies That Might Do More Harm Than Good

Scientists designed a machine learning model to identify medical treatments that could pose greater potential danger than alternatives.
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