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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology
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Apple, Google Start to Win Over Europe to Their Virus-Tracking Technology

European nations are considering, or have opted for, technology developed by Apple and Google for smartphone contact-tracing applications to contain the coronavirus...

Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy
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Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy

Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world's biggest tech companies, they're on the verge of changing...

Fake It Till You Make It
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Fake It Till You Make It

Mock Interview websites let you practice your job-search interviewing skills.

Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn
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Risks Overshadow Benefits with Online Voting, Experts Warn

With a handful of U.S. states launching online voting pilots, many experts warn the technology carries more pitfalls than benefits.

EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'
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EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'

A five-year EU effort to develop a proactive humanoid assistant as a "second pair of hands" for industrial workers has concluded with the development of a new robotic...

Morocco Launches Fleet of DJI Drones to Tackle Coronavirus From the Sky
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Morocco Launches Fleet of DJI Drones to Tackle Coronavirus From the Sky

Morocco has expanded its fleet of aerial drones to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Australia Wins AI 'Eurovision Song Contest'
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Australia Wins AI 'Eurovision Song Contest'

An Australian team won the unofficial AI ‘Eurovision Song Contest’.

Planetary Exploration Rover Avoids Sand Traps with 'Rear Rotator Pedaling'
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Planetary Exploration Rover Avoids Sand Traps with 'Rear Rotator Pedaling'

Researchers are developing next-generation planetary explorers that can negotiate hills and soft granular surfaces without getting stuck in sand traps.

Digital Twinning
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Digital Twinning

Many organizations using the Internet of Things have already implemented Digital Twins.

Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations
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Researchers Identify Potential Active Substances Against Coronavirus by Running Supercomputer Simulations

Researchers used the MOGON II supercomputer to identify several drugs approved for treating hepatitis C viral infection as potential candidates against COVID-19...

Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI
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Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI

The Royal Australian Air Force has received a prototype of a jet-powered drone that Boeing Australia said will use artificial intelligence to "fly independently...

UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm
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UC Berkeley Researchers Open-Source RAD to Improve Any Reinforcement Learning Algorithm

A team of researchers has open-sourced Reinforcement Learning with Augmented Data.

Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns
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Hastily Introduced Fake News Laws Could Damage Efforts to Counter Disinformation, UNESCO Warns

Reports warn that legislation to curb disinformation on the coronavirus could damage legitimate journalism's efforts to combat this "disinfodemic."

Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies
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Looking to Big Data, AI for COVID-19 Shutdown Exit Strategies

Crowdsourced data, artificial intelligence, and cryptography are emerging as vital tools for controlling transmission of COVID-19 as countries look for exit strategies...

App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds
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App Shows Promise in Tracking New Coronavirus Cases, Study Finds

The app, which allows people to record their symptoms, was remarkably effective in predicting infections. The most reliable indicators, researchers found, were...

Global Firms Push U.S. to Research 5G Tech That Would Minimize Chinese Influence
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Global Firms Push U.S. to Research 5G Tech That Would Minimize Chinese Influence

A coalition of global companies is urging U.S. lawmakers to fund research into next-generation technology.

Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November
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Coronavirus Has Upended Election Security Training with Just Months Before November

The University of Southern California Election Security Initiative is scrambling to virtually train campaign and election officials across the U.S. before the November...

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots
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Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots

Scientists worldwide are developing robotic skin to imbue machines with tactile perception, and even allow them to feel pain in some cases.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.
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