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Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models
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Supercomputing Dynamic Earthquake Rupture Models

Researchers have developed physics-based dynamic rupture models that can simulate complex earthquake ruptures using supercomputers.

Driverless Congestion
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Driverless Congestion

A simulation of Zurich, Switzerland, demonstrated that driverless taxis would not replace personal transportation in cities, as long as private autonomous vehicles...

Hacking Diabetes: People Break Into Insulin Pumps as an Alternative to Delayed Innovations
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Hacking Diabetes: People Break Into Insulin Pumps as an Alternative to Delayed Innovations

As some people invest in the latest advancements to help them cope with diabetes, others are hacking into insulin pumps to give them the ability to adjust themselves...

In Memoriam: Raymond E. 'Ray' Miller 1928-2019
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In Memoriam: Raymond E. 'Ray' Miller 1928-2019

Miller was a Fellow of ACM, the IEEE, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, and the Computing Sciences Accreditation Board.

Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset
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Microsoft Quietly Deletes Largest Public Face-Recognition Dataset

Microsoft has deleted its MS Celeb dataset from the Internet.

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics
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Why Should We Care About Technology Ethics? The Updated ACM Code of Ethics

Ethical responsibility is especially critical to artificial intelligence developers, said Catherine Flick of the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics.

Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever
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Black Hole Mystery Solved With Most Detailed Simulation Ever

An international team of researchers used a supercomputer and custom-written code to generate the "most detailed" black hole simulation yet.

Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries
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Amazon Unveils Hybrid Drone for Deliveries

Amazon has unveiled a drone that combines aspects of helicopters and airplanes, capable of vertical takeoffs and horizontal flight.

AI Mavericks Want to Build A Better Brain for Industrial Robots
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AI Mavericks Want to Build A Better Brain for Industrial Robots

Some big-names in AI and robotics are teaming up to develop a robot operating system that will aim to address the shortcomings of today's smartest machines.

6 Unexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information
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6 Unexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information

Sharing facts like your birthday or your parents' names can open you up to identity theft.

Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State
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Software Vendor May Have Opened a Gap for Hackers in 2016 Swing State

A Florida election software company targeted by Russians in 2016 inadvertently opened a potential pathway for hackers to tamper with voter records in North Carolina...

Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them
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Here Are the 40 Companies Computer Science Students Hope Will Hire Them

Employer branding specialist Universum has released its annual rankings of the most attractive employers in the U.S. for 2019.

Database Partitioning Method Supports High-Performance Data Processing
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Database Partitioning Method Supports High-Performance Data Processing

Researchers have developed a core technology that supports fast, efficient large-scale data analysis.

Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds
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Apple macOS Security Protections Easily Bypassed With 'Synthetic' Clicks, Researcher Finds

A researcher found a zero-day vulnerability in a central Apple macOS safeguard, allowing apps or malware to circumvent permissions and access a user's private data...

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

Solving The Tech Industry's Ethics Problem Could Start In The Classroom
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Solving The Tech Industry's Ethics Problem Could Start In The Classroom

Abby Everett Jaques at the Massachusetts Institute of Technologym created a class called Ethics of Technology to help future engineers and computer scientists understand...

Coding Curriculum in a Box
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Coding Curriculum in a Box

CodePath.org, a nonprofit boot camp, offers ready-made, industry-approved coding courses to colleges and trains students to teach them for credit.

Keeping Algorithms Fair
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Keeping Algorithms Fair

It's easier to de-bias algorithms than it is to de-bias people.

How Quantum Computer Could Break 2,048-Bit RSA Encryption in 8 Hours
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How Quantum Computer Could Break 2,048-Bit RSA Encryption in 8 Hours

Researchers have developed a more efficient technique for decryption calculations by quantum computers.
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