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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance
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Protecting Sensitive Metadata So It Can't be Used for Surveillance

MIT researchers have developed a scalable metadata-protection scheme to shield the information of millions of users.

A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'
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A Fur-Friendly 'Wearable for Pets'

Researchers at Imperial College London in the U.K. have created a wearable health-tracking sensor for pets and people that can monitor vital signs through apparel...

Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned
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Reliability of Pricey New Voting Machines Questioned

Computer security experts continue to express doubts that expensive new voting machines are reliable, considering them almost as risky as earlier discredited electronic...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security
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Coding for Uncertainty Increases Security

Computer scientists have designed an algorithm to combat poaching in wildlife preserves.

Across the Language Barrier
From Communications of the ACM

Across the Language Barrier

Translation devices are getting better at making speech and text understandable in different languages.

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind
From Communications of the ACM

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind

Wake steering can help ever-larger turbines work together more efficiently on wind farms.

Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots
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Study Finds Quarter of Climate Change Tweets From Bots

Brown University researchers found 25% of 6.5-million Twitter posts about climate change were likely produced by bots, giving the impression of widespread climate...

AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield
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AI Algorithm Better Predicts Corn Yield

An interdisciplinary research team developed a convolutional neural network that generates crop yield predictions, incorporating information from topographic variables...

EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition
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EU’s Agenda to Regulate AI Does Little to Rein in Facial Recognition

Europe is backpedaling on facial recognition.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop
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Activate 'Bracelet of Silence' and Alexa Can't Eavesdrop

A prototype wearable device blocks microphones in the vicinity from eavesdropping on conversations.

Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant
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Tyson Takes Computer Vision to the Chicken Plant

Tyson Foods will use computer vision to track chicken moving through its plants as part of a plan to invest more in automation and artificial intelligence in order...

Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives
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Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives

Washington University researchers converted grasshoppers into bomb-sniffing tools by implanting electrodes in the insects' antenna lobes to tap into the capabilities...

China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread
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China is Using Mass Surveillance Tech to Fight Coronavirus Spread

The Chinese government is working with technology companies to monitor citizens and track confirmed cases of people infected with the coronavirus.

Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking
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Google Redraws the Borders on Maps Depending on Who's Looking

Google and other online mapmakers revise borders depending on who is viewing them, in deference to diplomats, policymakers, and their own executives, according...

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...
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This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...

ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless.

Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants' Move­ment, De­vel­op­ment
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Smart Jump­suit Provides In­for­ma­tion on In­fants' Move­ment, De­vel­op­ment

Researchers at the University of Helsinki in Finland have developed a smart jumpsuit that measures the spontaneous and voluntary movement of infants.

Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020
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Half of Technology Workers Want to Find a New Job in 2020

A survey by recruitment firm Harvey Nash found half of 1,200 technology professionals in the U.K. would like to switch jobs in 2020, with salary and work-life balance...

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
From ACM TechNews

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

Shifts in transportation highlight cities' need for data management to cope with traffic, digital platforms, and other trends.
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