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These Robots Can Move Your Couch
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These Robots Can Move Your Couch

University of Cincinnati engineers taught two robots to move a couch together without either robot directing the other.

Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year
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Autonomous Electric Cargo Ship will Make First Voyage This Year

It will transport its first container from the town of Herøya to Brevik in Norway.

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info
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38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

Misconfigured Power Apps from Microsoft led to more than 1,000 Web apps accessible to anyone who found them.

Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?
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Tesla Sells 'Full Self-Driving,' but What Is It Really?

As the company deals with government scrutiny of its driver-assistance technology, an add-on kit sold for up to $10,000 is also getting more attention.

Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms
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Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms

The pandemic has renewed interest in virtual reality. Facebook is trying to capitalize with a new virtual meeting room service.

Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future
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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future

Software designed to enable autonomous operations of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems

Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap
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Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to use artificial intelligence algorithms to determine a patient's race as a means of improving health...

Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities
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Security Company Warns of Mitsubishi Industrial Control Vulnerabilities

Researchers at cybersecurity firm Nozomi Networks Labs have identified five vulnerabilities in Mitsubishi's safety programmable logic controllers, centered on the...

 Java Surges Back Up in RedMonk Rankings
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Java Surges Back Up in RedMonk Rankings

The adaptability of one of the most common programming languages is behind its continued strength, say analysts.

Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say
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Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say

Democrats press executives to extend new U.K. 'Age Appropriate Design Code' regulations to children in the U.S.

Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases
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Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases

Results from the company's AI bias competition reveals a preference for young, beautiful, and light-skinned faces

Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem
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Messaging Apps Have an Eavesdropping Problem

Google's Project Zero researcher Natalie Silvanovich found vulnerabilities in messaging apps that add eavesdropping bugs without requiring users to click a malicious...

Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux
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Microsoft Warns Over Unusual Malware That Targets Windows, Linux

Microsoft security researchers are warning customers about the LemonDuck crypto-mining malware that attacks Windows and Linux systems.

Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy
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Oregon Examines Spyware Investment amid Controversy

The Oregon state employee pension fund is one of the largest investors, if not the largest, in a private equity firm that has majority ownership of NSO Group, the...

Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread
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Developers Reveal Programming Languages They Love, Dread

Programmer community Stack Overflow's 2021 survey of 83,439 software developers in 181 countries found the vast majority (86.69%) named Mozilla's Rust their "most...

Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch
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Tracking Circadian Rhythms From Your Smartwatch

A new algorithm can extract an individual’s circadian rhythm from heart rate data collected by their smartwatch.

Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions
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Less Chat Can Help Robots Make Better Decisions

Robot swarms could cooperate more effectively if communication among some members of the swarm could be curtailed.

High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles
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High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles

Scientists at Japan's Tohoku University have invented a virtual version of air hockey that uses shapeshifting virtual projections of paddles and pucks.

Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development
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Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

For example, earlier this year, enterprise security firm Proofpoint discovered new malware written in Nim and Rust.
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