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Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback
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Electronic Voting Was Going to Be the Future. Now Paper's Making a Comeback

You could call it buyer's remorse. Five US states went all in on electronic voting machines, and four of those states are poised to get out.

The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI
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The Next Big One? Earthquake Scientists Look to AI

Scientists are using artificial intelligence to improve data analysis to better understand earthquakes, predict their behavior, and warn of seismic events faster...

NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles
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NATO Military Exercise Will Test Robots, Autonomous Vehicles

The North Atlantic Treaty Organization is conducting a month-long military exercise using a variety of new technologies.

Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM Under New U.S. Rules
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Need to Fix an iPhone or Android Device? You Can Now Break DRM Under New U.S. Rules

It is now legal in the U.S. for consumers and repair companies to break an electronic device's digital rights management protections in order to to repair it.

Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology
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Puerto Rico Is Fighting Zika With Cloud Technology

A project to track Zika-carrying mosquitoes across Puerto Rico is developing solutions that could help other parts of the world cope with mosquito-borne diseases...

Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce
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Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce

Grocers are deploying robots and artificial intelligence to boost warehouse efficiency amid intensifying competition for consumer food spending.

Computer Theorists Show Path to Verifying that Quantum Beats Classical
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Computer Theorists Show Path to Verifying that Quantum Beats Classical

There have been parallel efforts to find a way to prove that quantum supremacy has been achieved.

NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch
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NASA Retires Kepler Space Telescope, Passes Planet-Hunting Torch

After nine years in deep space collecting data that indicate our sky to be filled with billions of hidden planets—more planets even than stars—NASA's Kepler space...

Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness
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Happy with a 20% Chance of Sadness

In the winter of 1994, a young man in his early twenties named Tim was a patient in a London psychiatric hospital.

NIH Grant Funds Development of a Wayfinding App for the Blind
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NIH Grant Funds Development of a Wayfinding App for the Blind

Researchers are using $1.1-million U.S. National Institutes of Health grant to develop a student's system for guiding the blind into an iPhone app.

New Technology Advances Protection of Critical Systems From Insider-Assisted Attacks
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New Technology Advances Protection of Critical Systems From Insider-Assisted Attacks

A new covert defense algorithm employs evasive tactics to deceive cyberattackers targeting critical systems from within.

AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby
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AI Makes New Video Games by Watching People Play Super Mario, Kirby

A machine learning system taught itself the basics of video game design by watching videos of people playing games.

The Outlook for Superconducting Computers
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The Outlook for Superconducting Computers

Will superconductors outrace silicon?     

Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology
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Efforts to Acknowledge the Risks of New AI Technology

The ACM Future of Computing Academy is calling for researchers to specify the potentially negative societal aspects of artificial intelligence technologies, as...

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?
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What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an...

A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley
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A Dark Consensus About Screens and Kids Begins to Emerge in Silicon Valley

"I am convinced the devil lives in our phones."

Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet
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Europe Shows First Cards in €1-Billion Quantum Bet

Plans to build two working quantum computers are among the first winners to be announced in a €1-billion (US$1.1 billion) funding initiative of the European Commission...

The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks
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The U.S. Pushes to Build Unhackable Quantum Networks

A few years ago, Edward Snowden, a contractor working for the US National Security Agency, leaked documents that showed the ways in which intelligence agenciestapped...

Army Scientists Develop Computational Model to Predict Human Behavior
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Army Scientists Develop Computational Model to Predict Human Behavior

U.S. Army Research Laboratory scientists have developed an analytic model to show how groups of people influence the behavior of individuals.

Tech Industry Lobby Proposes Data Privacy Laws; Critics Call Them Weak
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Tech Industry Lobby Proposes Data Privacy Laws; Critics Call Them Weak

The Information Technology Industry Council has proposed a conceptual framework for legislation to protect consumer privacy and limit how personal data may be used...
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