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CMU Researchers Find Google's New Congestion Control Algorithm Does Not Treat Data Fairly
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CMU Researchers Find Google's New Congestion Control Algorithm Does Not Treat Data Fairly

Researchers have shown that a new congestion control algorithm developed by Google may compete unfairly with other services on overloaded networks.

Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle
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Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle

Startup Zipline has demonstrated how next-generation delivery drones could bring medical and other supplies to the battlefield.

 Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age
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Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age

Initial applications could include optical quantum sensors, optical quantum transistors, and optically uncrackable quantum encryption.

Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions
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Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions

Robots can learn techniques supportive of teachers in classrooms in only three hours, according to researchers at the universities of Plymouth, Lincoln, and the...

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm
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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.

Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot
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Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot

Researchers have developed a self-guiding gardening robot that navigates via five pairs of cameras and three-dimensional mapping.

Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials
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Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials

Researchers have found a new way to optimize nickel by unlocking properties that could enable a range of applications, from quantum computing to biosensors. 

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies
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UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 

A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job
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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

HireVue claims it uses artificial intelligence to decide who's best for a job. Outside experts call it 'profoundly disturbing.'

Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs
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Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs

Oil and gas companies are investing in artificial intelligence to help automate operations, anticipate equipment malfunctions, boost fossil fuel production, and...

Almost Two-Thirds of Workers Say They Would Trust a Robot Over Their Manager
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Almost Two-Thirds of Workers Say They Would Trust a Robot Over Their Manager

As many as 64% of workers would trust a robot over their manager, according to a new study, while more than 50% say they have already turned to a robot for advice...

Driving Hate from The Internet: Noble or Futile?
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Driving Hate from The Internet: Noble or Futile?

Cracking down on those who post violent manifestos and other hateful content.

Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store
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Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store

Toy company Mattel and retailer Walmart are "leasing floors" in a virtual store.

Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World
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Russia's Pizza King Wants to Use the Cloud to Take Over the World

Russian pizza magnate Fyodor Ovchinnikov plans to open 1,000 Dodo Pizza outlets in Europe, Asia, and Africa in the next five years, using a combination of application...

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
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Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies
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Europe's Old Universities Spin Out New Tech Companies

Across Europe, some of the world's oldest universities are intensifying efforts to get promising technologies out of their labs and into commercial use.

Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella
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Cybersecurity Giants to Combat Cyberthreats Under OASIS Umbrella

IBM, McAfee, and 16 more firms have launched an effort to address fragmentation and interoperability problems in cybersecurity.

Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots
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Biologically Inspired Artificial Skin Improves Sensory Ability of Robots

Researchers designed a system integrating artificial skin with control algorithms, which they used to create the first autonomous humanoid robot with full-body...

Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool
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Why Deep Learning AIs Are So Easy to Fool

Artificial intelligence researchers are trying to fix the flaws of neural networks.
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