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Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document
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Facebook Doesn’t Know What It Does With Your Data, Or Where It Goes: Leaked Document

"We do not have an adequate level of control and explainability over how our systems use data," Facebook engineers say in leaked document.

An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills
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An Easier Way to Teach Robots New Skills

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a machine learning method that enables robots to acquire new skills using a handful of human examples...

Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order
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Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order

Stanford University researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing system that can construct objects in any order, instead of layer by layer.

Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics
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Researchers Use ML to Speed Up Counting of Microplastics

Researchers have proposed a new machine learning method to accelerate the counting and classification of microplastics, while also boosting affordability and ease...

Apple Opens Self-Repair Store With $300 iPhone Screens, 19-Cent Screws
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Apple Opens Self-Repair Store With $300 iPhone Screens, 19-Cent Screws

You can now access official manuals and parts, but for most people, the minimal savings won't be worth it.

New Approaches to Biometric Security
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New Approaches to Biometric Security

The latest biometric security methods place a priority on contactless identification.

U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet
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U.S., 60 Global Partners Launch Declaration for the Future of the Internet

The Declaration represents "a political commitment among Declaration partners to advance a positive vision for the Internet and digital technologies."

Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds
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Russia Uses Cyberattacks in Ukraine to Support Military Strikes, Report Finds

A study by Microsoft shows that Russian cyberattacks often happened within days or even hours of missile strikes.

Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform
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Cloudflare Detects One of the Largest DDoS Attacks on Record Targeting Crypto Platform

The attack, which lasted less than 15 seconds, was launched from a botnet of approximately 6,000 unique bots and originated from 112 countries around the world....

1 Million AI Experts Needed, KAIST President Says
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1 Million AI Experts Needed, KAIST President Says

Lawmakers, experts propose policy options for incoming Yoon government.

Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups
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Ukraine Sounds Alarm on Chinese Drones, Opening Skies to U.S. Startups

Hundreds of small drones from U.S. startups are searching for survivors and Russian hideouts in Ukraine, after Ukrainian government officials cited Chinese drones...

Intel Develops AI to Detect Emotional States of Students
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Intel Develops AI to Detect Emotional States of Students

An artificial intelligence software solution developed by Intel and Classroom Technologies to identify students' emotional states is generating controversy in the...

Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments
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Chip Startups Using Light Instead of Wires Gain Speed, Investments

Momentum and capital are building for startups developing chips that process data via light rather than wires.

Improved Approach to the 'Traveling Salesperson Problem' Could Boost Logistics, Transport Sectors
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Improved Approach to the 'Traveling Salesperson Problem' Could Boost Logistics, Transport Sectors

Researchers have developed an enhanced approach to the Traveling Salesperson Problem that yields high-quality solutions at a faster rate than other cutting-edge...

House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood
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House-Flipping Algorithms are Coming to Your Neighborhood

Despite millions of dollars in losses, iBuying's failure doesn't signal the end of tech-led disruption, just a fumbled beginning.

Estimating the Informativeness of Data
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Estimating the Informativeness of Data

MIT researchers can now estimate how much information data are likely to contain, in a more accurate and scalable way than previous methods.

Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout
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Hospital Robots Are Helping Combat Wave of Nurse Burnout

Moxi and other delivery-focused assistants have become even more critical as the Covid-19 pandemic has pushed health care workers to their limits.

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls
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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors...

NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program
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NEC X Announces Fifth AI Start-Up from its Corporate Accelerator Program

Start-up Beagle Technology addresses agricultural labor shortage and cost issues with new automated pruning technology for the wine industry.

Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net
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Reconfigurable Brain-Like Chips Top Deep Neural Net

The quantum material NNO demonstrates novel quantum properties that enable it to learn throughout its lifetime.
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