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Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?
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Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?

A Dartmouth College research study found the COMPAS computer program performed about as well as humans at predicting recidivism.

Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions
From ACM TechNews

Himawari-8 Data Assimilated Simulation Enables 10-Minute Updates of Rain and Flood Predictions

Researchers in Japan used the K supercomputer to show incorporating satellite data at frequent intervals into weather prediction models can improve weather predictions...

Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human
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Can Software Predict Crime? Maybe So, but No Better Than a Human

Can you predict a crime?

Brain Mri, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language
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Brain Mri, AI Predict Deaf Children's Capacity to Learn Language

A new method using two types of computing technology can predict how well a deaf child can learn language after receiving cochlear implant surgery.

New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time
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New Carnegie Mellon Dynamic Statistical Model Follows Gene Expressions Over Time

Researchers say they have developed a new dynamic statistical model to visualize changing patterns in networks.

Kettering University Students Converting Chevy Bolt Into Autonomous Vehicle
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Kettering University Students Converting Chevy Bolt Into Autonomous Vehicle

Kettering University researchers are participating in the AutoDrive Challenge, in which teams convert a Chevrolet Bolt into a Level 4 autonomous vehicle.

Uc Riverside Research Will Help Protect Military Software From Hackers
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Uc Riverside Research Will Help Protect Military Software From Hackers

Researchers at the University of California, Riverside say they are trying to protect important but outdated computers and software still in use by securing legacy...

Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator
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Artificial Intelligence Will Be a Human Jobs Creator

In 2013, James "Jimi" Crawford founded a company called Orbital Insight, barely noticed at the time amid the Silicon Valley froth.

How a 22-Year-Old Discovered the Worst Chip Flaws in History
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How a 22-Year-Old Discovered the Worst Chip Flaws in History

In 2013, a teenager named Jann Horn attended a reception in Berlin hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel. He and 64 other young Germans had done well in a government...

Pulses of Light to Encrypt Data and Protect Security of Cryptocurrencies
From ACM TechNews

Pulses of Light to Encrypt Data and Protect Security of Cryptocurrencies

Researchers have developed a frequency comb they think could encrypt data and bolster the security of cryptocurrency.

'earworm Melodies With Strange Aspects'--What Happens When AI Makes Music
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'earworm Melodies With Strange Aspects'--What Happens When AI Makes Music

The FlowMachines project has produced the first entire studio album co-created by artists and artificial intelligence.

Alibaba and Microsoft AI Beat Humans in Stanford Reading Test
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Alibaba and Microsoft AI Beat Humans in Stanford Reading Test

Artificial intelligence programs from China and the U.S. last week outperformed humans in a global reading comprehension test

No Evidence to Support Link Between Violent Video Games and Behavior
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No Evidence to Support Link Between Violent Video Games and Behavior

The results of experiments involving more than 3,000 participants demonstrates that increasing the realism of violent video games does not necessarily boost aggression...

Smart Buildings That Can Manage Our Electricity Needs
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Smart Buildings That Can Manage Our Electricity Needs

Researchers have developed a system to collect data on consumers' energy usage and comfort within buildings.

Wavy Transistors That Vertically Gain Width Without Increasing Their On-Chip Footprint For Future Flexible Displays
From ACM TechNews

Wavy Transistors That Vertically Gain Width Without Increasing Their On-Chip Footprint For Future Flexible Displays

Researchers say they have developed a unique transistor architecture that improves the performance of display circuitry in next-generation mobile electronics.

Incorporating Social Media Reviews Can Improve Surveillance of Restaurant Health Problems
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Incorporating Social Media Reviews Can Improve Surveillance of Restaurant Health Problems

The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene has used a system that tracks food-borne illness via online Yelp restaurant reviews to identify instances...

Exascale a 'main Priority' For Doe
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Exascale a 'main Priority' For Doe

Exascale computing is a priority for the U.S. Department of Energy, which last year alloted $258 million to research the hardware, software, and applications needed...

In ‘listening In,’ a Surveillance Expert Warns That No Secret Is Safe
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In ‘listening In,’ a Surveillance Expert Warns That No Secret Is Safe

Smartphones, smart cars, smart fridges: all are connected to the Web, and hackers and governments alike are all too eager to peer inside.  

Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 
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Big Brother on Wheels: Why Your Car Company May Know More About You Than Your Spouse. 

Daniel Dunn was about to sign a lease for a Honda Fit last year when a detail buried in the lengthy agreement caught his eye.

Bbva Foundation Recognizes Goldwasser, Micali, Rivest, Shamir, For Enabling a Secure Digital Society
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Bbva Foundation Recognizes Goldwasser, Micali, Rivest, Shamir, For Enabling a Secure Digital Society

The BBVA Foundation Frontiers of Knowledge Award in the Information and Communication Technologies category goes  to Shafi Goldwasser, Silvio Micali, Ronald Rivest...
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