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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans
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AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans

Researchers used artificial intelligence to uncover evidence that ancient humans used fire at least 800,000 years ago at the Evron Quarry archaeological site in...

Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer
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Model Helps Identify Mutations That Drive Cancer

Researchers created a probabilistic computer model that rapidly scans the genome of cancer cells to identify cancer-driving mutations.

Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change
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Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change

Researchers applied a hybrid empirical dynamic modeling methodology to predict the effects of climate change and phosphorus pollution on Switzerland's Lake Geneva...

'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.

Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test
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Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence researchers have proposed an update to the Turing test for rating the capabilities of AI technology.

China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation
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China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation

Chinese police analyze human behaviors to ensure facial recognition cameras capture as much activity as possible.

Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
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Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare

Technology helps to interpret what animals are thinking and feeling, from what they utter and how they move.

Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels
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Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels

A new digital map uses satellite radar imagery to identify potential illegal fishing vessels.

3D Scans Reveal Ancient Art in Alabama Cave
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3D Scans Reveal Ancient Art in Alabama Cave

A team of researchers used three-dimensional (3D) photo mapping to find previously hidden ancient etchings in an Alabama cave.

Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution
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Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution

Researchers have established a global archive of linguistic data to provide new insights into the evolution of the words and sounds of spoken languages.

Celebrated AI Learned a New Trick: How To Do Chemistry
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Celebrated AI Learned a New Trick: How To Do Chemistry

Just as the order and spacing of the letters in this article give it sense and message, so the order of the amino acids determines the protein's identity and shape...

Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes
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Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes

Although voluntary, breaking the Code after signing up to it risks an even heavier fine than breaching GDPR rules.

Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages
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Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages

Stanford University researchers trained a microphone-outfitted robotic arm to locate objects like keys in a handbag by listening for telltale sounds while searching...

China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...

Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade
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Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade

Artificial intelligence combined with the Internet of Things allows the digital construction of digital twins that constantly learn from and help improve their...

FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked
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FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that certain Illumina DNA-sequencing machines have a software vulnerability that could jeopardize patient data.
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