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New Approach Takes Quantum Key Distribution Further
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New Approach Takes Quantum Key Distribution Further

Researchers from Nanjing University of Posts and Telecommunications have demonstrated secure measurement-device-independent quantum key distribution (MDI-QKD) transmission...

Virtual Assistant Will Screen Your Phone Calls to Block Spammers
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Virtual Assistant Will Screen Your Phone Calls to Block Spammers

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a virtual assistant that screens phone calls to block robocallers.

Covid-19 Crisis Accelerates U.K. Military's Push Into Virtual War Gaming
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Covid-19 Crisis Accelerates U.K. Military's Push Into Virtual War Gaming

The U.K. Ministry of Defence is looking to fast-track new virtual reality technology from software developer Improbable that would create a digital "twin" of the...

Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19
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Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19

Robots could limit how much extra labor U.S. hotels must hire to meet sanitation demands during the global pandemic.

Talking Machines: Who Won This Year's Alexa Prize?
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Talking Machines: Who Won This Year's Alexa Prize?

A team of students from Emory University has won this year's $500,000 Alexa Prize from Amazon for advancing conversational artificial intelligence by designing...

Deep Learning on Cell Signaling Networks Establishes Interpretable AI for Single-Cell Biology
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Deep Learning on Cell Signaling Networks Establishes Interpretable AI for Single-Cell Biology

Researchers at the Research Center for Molecular Medicine of the Austrian Academy of Sciences have created knowledge-primed neural networks which utilize signaling...

Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties
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Microsoft Pays $13.7 Million in Security Bug Bounties

Microsoft has awarded $13.7 million to security researchers since July 2019 for reporting bugs in its software, which is triple the $4.4 million from the same period...

Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era
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Creepy Robots of the Coronavirus Era

The robots policing people as they begin to emerge from coronavirus lockdowns are not being mistaken for anyone's friends.

Algorithm Improves Fairness of Search Results
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Algorithm Improves Fairness of Search Results

Cornell University researchers have developed an algorithm to improve the fairness of online search rankings while retaining their utility and relevance.

U.K. Used an Algorithm to Estimate Exam Results; The Calculations Favored Elites
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U.K. Used an Algorithm to Estimate Exam Results; The Calculations Favored Elites

The British government has changed its strategy of using an algorithm to estimate how students would have performed on A-level college admissions exams after results...

Using Ears, Not Just Eyes, Improves Robot Perception
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Using Ears, Not Just Eyes, Improves Robot Perception

Carnegie Mellon University researchers conducted a large-scale study and determined that sound can help robots differentiate between objects and identify what action...

Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls
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Security Gap Allows Eavesdropping on Mobile Phone Calls

Researchers from Ruhr-Universitat Bochum and New York University Abu Dhabi eavesdropped on cellphone calls by exploiting a security flaw in basestation implementations...

Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers
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Automated Coding Could Mean Big Changes for Software Developers

Researchers from Intel and MIT have unveiled a machine learning tool that brings developers one step closer to automated coding.

Millions Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic – Robots and AI Are Replacing Them
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Millions Have Lost Jobs in the Pandemic – Robots and AI Are Replacing Them

The pandemic has prompted more companies to replace workers with robots and artificial intelligence to reduce the spread of Covid-19 in the workplace and lower...

Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers
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Hackers Are Building an Army of Cheap Satellite Trackers

The U.S. Air Force, Red Balloon Security, and the Defense Digital Service teamed up on the NyanSat project to build an open source satellite communication tool...

AI In the ICU
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AI In the ICU

Artificial intelligence can help doctors better understand what is happening to (and in) their patients when it matters most.

Tool Created for Discerning Fake News
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Tool Created for Discerning Fake News

A study from researchers at the University of Texas at Austin and Indiana University demonstrated novel tools for flagging fake news on social media platforms. ...

NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool
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NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool

The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have publicly exposed a sophisicated hacking tool that Russian intelligence used to penetrate...

Developer Jobs: Demand for Programming Language Python Falls Amid Pandemic
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Developer Jobs: Demand for Programming Language Python Falls Amid Pandemic

Demand has slackened for Python coding language skills since March amid the coronavirus pandemic, according to HackerRank, the developer hiring platform.

Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network
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Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network

Google says it has created "the world's largest earthquake detection network" by adding quake detection features to almost all Google Play Android phones.
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