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Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills
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Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills

A new study predicts demand for information technology workers will outstrip supply, due to growth in digital technologies, tighter labor markets, and few workers...

Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk
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Chinese 'Gait Recognition' Tech IDs People by How They Walk

Chinese authorities have begun deploying a new surveillance tool: "gait recognition" software that uses people's body shapes and how they walk to identify them,...

Waymo Gets Green Light for Robot Cars in California; No Humans Needed
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Waymo Gets Green Light for Robot Cars in California; No Humans Needed

The California Department of Motor Vehicles has granted a permit to Waymo to test fully autonomous cars with no human driver on public roads.

A Better Way to Predict Election Outcomes
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A Better Way to Predict Election Outcomes

Researchers have developed a way to correlate Web browsing patterns with public opinion polls to create more accurate election predictions.

San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs
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San Francisco Program Trains Homeless for Tech Jobs

A formerly homeless man has created a nonprofit organization to combat homelessness in San Francisco by teaching needy individuals the skills needed to work in...

FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says
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FDA Not Doing Enough to Prevent Medical Device Hacking, HHS Report Says

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration is not sufficiently protecting medical devices from being hacked, according to a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services...

Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?
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Can a Robot Learn a Language the Way a Child Does?

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a method to train semantic parsers by mimicking the way a child learns language.

Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI
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Marvin Minsky Medal for Outstanding Achievements in AI

Libratus team announced as IJCAI Minsky medal recipients.

Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters
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Another Use for AI: Finding Millions of Unregistered Voters

IBM's Jeff Jonas has for several years used his artificial intelligence software for a multistate project to identify eligible voters and purge voter rolls of inaccuracies...

The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute
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The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute

How adorable robots are may be a critical factor for their public acceptance.

Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education
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Oregon Schools to Receive Federal Grant Funds to Boost Computer Science Education

Schools in three Oregon counties will use a federal grant to help high school students in Career Technical Education programs transition to post-secondary education...

Make People Valuable Again
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Make People Valuable Again

David Nordfors and Vint Cerf suggest that innovation can, and should, make people more valuable.

The New Face of Law Enforcement
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The New Face of Law Enforcement

Facial recognition and augmented reality are changing the way law enforcement agencies investigate crime, but there are important privacy issues to consider.

Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI
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Colleges Grapple With Teaching the Technology, Ethics of AI

Many U.S. colleges and universities are investing in and expanding artificial intelligence education, confronting new challenges for teaching the discipline.

Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate
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Quantum Physicists Found a New, Safer Way to Navigate

In 2015, the U.S. Naval Academy decided that its graduates needed to return to the past and learn how to navigate using the stars.

To Fight Email Scammers, Take a Different View. Literally.
From ACM TechNews

To Fight Email Scammers, Take a Different View. Literally.

Researchers have developed a visual analytics tool that dramatically speeds up forensic email investigations and highlights critical links within email data.

'Human Brain' Supercomputer Switched On to Unlock Secrets of the Mind
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'Human Brain' Supercomputer Switched On to Unlock Secrets of the Mind

Researchers are about to launch a supercomputer designed to mimic the human brain.

Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers
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Fleets of Drones Could Aid Searches for Lost Hikers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed an autonomous system to direct a fleet of drones.

Technology, Slow to the Restaurant Scene, Is Now On the Menu
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Technology, Slow to the Restaurant Scene, Is Now On the Menu

The Canadian restaurant industry has been more significantly transformed by technology in the last five years than in the preceding 50.

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways
From ACM Opinion

Even a Few Bots Can Shift Public Opinion in Big Ways

Nearly two-thirds of the social media bots with political activity on Twitter before the 2016 U.S. presidential election supported Donald Trump.
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