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Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased
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Researchers Find Even 'Fair' Hiring Algorithms Can Be Biased

Researchers at Harvard University and Germany's Technische Universität Berlin analyzing how "fair" ranking algorithms affect gender uncovered inconsistent ranking...

'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C
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'A Damn Stupid Thing to Do'—the Origins of C

Today, C may be a lingua franca among programmers. This is its (abridged) history.

Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed
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Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed

Internet of Things security firm Forescout uncovered 33 flaws in seven open source TCP/IP stacks that potentially leave millions of IoT devices vulnerable.

Stanford Researchers Study Trust in Autonomous Products
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Stanford Researchers Study Trust in Autonomous Products

Stanford University engineers investigating how altering peoples' moods affect their trust in a smart speaker were surprised by their results.

JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round
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JavaScript at 25: The Programming Language that Makes the World Go Round

JavaScript is now the world's most popular programming language, even though it started off as a sidekick to Java.

Exploring 'Data Storytelling'
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Exploring 'Data Storytelling'

Conversational interfaces provide spoken responses to queries of business databases.

Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design
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Computer-Aided Creativity in Robot Design

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system that simulates and optimizes robot design and control programs.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.

Software Stalks Malware in the Wild
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Software Stalks Malware in the Wild

A new tool can pinpoint online malware source code repositories with 89% accuracy.

Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize
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Chinese-U.S. Team Receives 2020 Gordon Bell Prize

The Association for Computing Machinery named a U.S.-Chinese team of nine researchers as recipients of the 2020 ACM Gordon Bell Prize for Deep Potential Molecular...

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters
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Computer Scientists Launch Counteroffensive Against Video Game Cheaters

University of Texas at Dallas computer scientists have developed a countermeasure against video game cheaters.

Massachusetts Earns Top Marks for Technology-Focused Economy
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Massachusetts Earns Top Marks for Technology-Focused Economy

The Milken Institute's biennial State Technology and Science Index names Massachusetts, Colorado, and California as having the greatest science and technology capabilities...

Spoofing the Spoofers
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Spoofing the Spoofers

Security deception software gets an upgrade.

NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.
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NASA's New Rocket Would be the Most Powerful Ever. But it's the Software that has Some Officials Worried.

The SLS software concerns are the latest red flags for a program that has struggled to overcome cost overruns and setbacks.

With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images
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With Deep Learning Algorithms, Standard CT Technology Produces Spectral Images

Engineers have developed a deep neural network that produces spectral images almost as well as dual-energy computed tomography imaging technology.

Does Palantir See Too Much?
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Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

The No-Code Generation is Arriving
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The No-Code Generation is Arriving

No-code tools are successful because they are connecting with a new generation that understands precisely the sort of logic required by these platforms to function...
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