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AI vs. the Hackers
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AI vs. the Hackers

Microsoft, Google, Amazon, and various startups increasingly are implementing machine learning algorithms that adapt to hackers' constantly evolving tactics.

A New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think
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A New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think

Been Kim is developing a "translator for humans" so that we can understand when artificial intelligence breaks down.

The American Public is Already Worried about AI Catastrophe
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The American Public is Already Worried about AI Catastrophe

A new report suggests that we expect big advances in software capabilities—and we're nervous.

Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routes
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Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routes

Researchers have produced a comprehensive analysis of Wyoming's big game migration patterns, using improved Global Positioning System technology.

Researchers Say It's Time to Build an IoT Engineering Discipline
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Researchers Say It's Time to Build an IoT Engineering Discipline

Researchers suggest educational institutions should establish an engineering discipline for the Internet of Things and cyber-physical systems.

German Supplier Unveils New Self-Driving Car Computer, Adds Xilinx Chips
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German Supplier Unveils New Self-Driving Car Computer, Adds Xilinx Chips

German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG launched its newest self-driving car computer at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way
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Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way

As the new Congress begins, it will soon discuss the comprehensive reports to the U.S. Senate on the disinformation campaign of half-truths, outright fabrications...

Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity
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Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity

A global recruiting firm predicts 68% of information technology employers will increase full-time IT hiring this year, while 53% will increase their use of consultants...

Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Grocery Store
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Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Grocery Store

Microsoft and the Kroger supermarket chain are collaborating on online grocery shopping.

Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market
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Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market

A broad technology industry effort to expand apprenticeships in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering was unveiled this week at CES 2019.

AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face
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AI Technology Can Identify Genetic Diseases by Looking at Your Face

A new artificial intelligence technology accurately identifies rare genetic disorders using a photo of a patient's face.

Computer Simulation Sheds New Light on Colliding Stars
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Computer Simulation Sheds New Light on Colliding Stars

An international research team used supercomputers to run a three-dimensional computer model of a neutron star collision.

Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny
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Chinese Tech Investors Flee Silicon Valley as Trump Tightens Scrutiny

New Trump administration policies aimed at curbing China's access to American innovation have all but halted Chinese investment in U.S. technology startups, as...

The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It
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The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It

A neural network learned to "hide" information about a source image within the images it generated via a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.

B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat
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B-Secur HeartKey Tech Unlocks Your Car with Unique Rhythm of Your Heartbeat

B-Secur's HeartKey technology allows users to unlock and start their cars via the unique beating pattern of their heart.

Tech Could Help Students Learn During Extended Absences
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Tech Could Help Students Learn During Extended Absences

The University of Colorado is relying on robots to help students maintain a presence in class, even when they cannot physically be there.

AI Removes the Drudgery from Legal Due Diligence
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AI Removes the Drudgery from Legal Due Diligence

Software can review contracts, and more, faster and more accurately than lawyers.

How China Landed the Change'4 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon
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How China Landed the Change'4 Rover on the Far Side of the Moon

The Chinese National Space Administration placed its Chang'e-4 lander and rover on the far side of the Moon.

DNA Design That Anyone Can Do
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DNA Design That Anyone Can Do

A new computer program allows users to translate any free-form drawing into a two-dimensional, nanoscale structure made of DNA.
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