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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech
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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

Be Wary of Robot Emotions
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Be Wary of Robot Emotions

Humans often anthropomorphize robots, which designers concede can be exploited for both connection and manipulation.

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones
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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical...

Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency
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Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency

U.K. automaker Jaguar Land Rover is testing software that will allow drivers of its vehicles to earn virtual currency as an incentive for sharing data.

Dreams of Ubiquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True
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Dreams of Ubiquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True

The closure of consumer robotics firms previously considered potentially game-changing has diminished industry prospects of social robots eventually achieving mainstream...

Addressing Quantum Error Correction
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Addressing Quantum Error Correction

Seeking to prevent premature decoherence of qubits.

Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman
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Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman

An aerial drone recently was used to deliver a kidney for implantation into a Maryland woman.

Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars
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Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars

In a recent survey of developers who use npm, 62% of respondents said they used Microsoft's TypeScript to build native mobile and desktop apps, up from 46% in last...

Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class
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Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class

U.S. eighth graders in 2019 did significantly better in school compared to 2014, especially among students who are white, black, Asian, or low-income.

Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals
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Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals

Attempts to identify barnyard animals via facial recognition are complicated by the software's difficulty in distinguishing between animals.

Drones, Supercomputers and Sonar Deployed Against Floods
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Drones, Supercomputers and Sonar Deployed Against Floods

Emerging technologies are being used to flight floods in the U.S.

4 Computer Scientists Among Newest NAS Members
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4 Computer Scientists Among Newest NAS Members

The National Academy of Sciences said 40% of its newly elected members are women—the most ever elected in any one year.

They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.
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They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

Design firm AKQA used artificial intelligence to create a new game that combines elements of rugby, croquet, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.

Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart
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Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart

Harvard Medical School researchers have developed a robotic catheter that can autonomously navigate inside a beating heart.

How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans
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How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans

The Orleans Parish Communication District is using a low-code platform to automate certain tasks.

Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices
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Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices

Manufacturers may blur the distinctions, but they're important.

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic
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Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

A new video game simulation uses a three-dimensional model of Salt Lake City and data about planned drone paths to determine potential problems.

How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement
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How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

A new software program uses a matching algorithm to allocate refugees with no ties to the U.S. to their new homes.

Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction
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Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction

Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.

Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners
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Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners

A researcher has developed a computational model that provides a more accurate representation of traffic in cities for more efficient and cost-effective urban planning...
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