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Amazon Shutting Down One of the Oldest Staples on the Internet
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Amazon Shutting Down One of the Oldest Staples on the Internet

The ecommerce giant is closing down Alexa.com, an online service that the vast majority of Amazon customers are likely unaware even existed.

Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs
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Homeland Security Offers Hackers a Bounty to Find Bugs

Such programs pay hackers to find vulnerabilities in networks

Reddit-trained AI Warns Researchers About...Itself
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Reddit-trained AI Warns Researchers About...Itself

"AI will never be ethical," argued the Megatron-Turing Natural Language Generation model.

Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do
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Machines That See the World More Like Humans Do

The 3D Scene Perception via Probabilistic Programming system helps machines perceive the world in a more human-like manner.

Google, Microsoft Have Your Mail, Mostly
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Google, Microsoft Have Your Mail, Mostly

Computer scientists studying email service providers found high levels of concentration.

World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data
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World's Biggest Traders Betting on Blockchain Data

The Pyth blockchain-based technology service aims to provide data for diverse cryptocurrency projects in real time.

Quenching the Flames: AI, Data Help Fight Global Wildfires
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Quenching the Flames: AI, Data Help Fight Global Wildfires

New technologies are being deployed to predict, monitor, and fight wildfires as their frequency and ferocity grow.

Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches
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Telehealth Became a Lifeline for Older Americans. But It Still Has Glitches

Medicare has extended coverage of remote health care. While telehealth removed barriers to care for many during the pandemic, some say there is more to be done....

This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot
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This Robot Looks Like a Pancake, Jumps Like a Maggot

Researchers designed a soft, legless robot that can hop and navigate obstacle courses.

Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass
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Your Face Is, or Will Be, Your Boarding Pass

Many biometric identification innovations use facial recognition.

Research Brings Analog Computers One Step from Digital
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Research Brings Analog Computers One Step from Digital

A new processing-in-memory (PIM) circuit adds neural network flexibility to PIM computing.

Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages
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Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages

Robotic logistics is helping to mitigate labor shortages and other supply-chain disruptions in the U.K.

Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug
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Software Flaw Sparks Global Race to Patch Bug

Companies and governments scrambled this past weekend to patch a major bug in a piece of popular Internet software that security experts warned could grant hackers...

The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam
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The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam

A New York City law requires algorithms used in hiring to be "audited" for bias. It's the first in the US—and part of a larger push toward regulation.

How to Understand the Data Explosion
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How to Understand the Data Explosion

The world is set to generate an astronomical amount of digital information. To get a handle on it, start with a grain of rice.

Winning the War on Ransomware
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Winning the War on Ransomware

The DoJ's task force is changing the landscape around hackers, but will it be enough?

The Head of the CIA Says It's Been Doing Mysterious Cryptocurrency Work
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The Head of the CIA Says It's Been Doing Mysterious Cryptocurrency Work

Naturally, rumors are spreading about the origins of Bitcoin.

Wildfire Dataset Helps Firefighters Save Lives, Property
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Wildfire Dataset Helps Firefighters Save Lives, Property

Scientists have built the WildfireDB dataset for simulating the spread of wildfires to help study wildfires and guide emergency response and evacuations.

Generating a Realistic 3D World
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Generating a Realistic 3D World

Researchers developed the ThreeDWorld platform to simulate high-fidelity audio and visual environments.

World's Largest Lab-Grown Steak Unveiled by Israeli Firm
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World's Largest Lab-Grown Steak Unveiled by Israeli Firm

Researchers at the Israeli firm MeaTech 3D said they have grown a 4-ounce steak in a lab, the largest produced thus far.
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