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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove
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Amazon, Microsoft Swoop In on $24-Billion India Farm-Data Trove

Technology giants including Amazon, Microsoft, and Cisco are preparing to access data from India's farmers in a campaign to modernize the country's agricultural...

Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance
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Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

Educators complain smartwatches distract students or, worse, encourage them to cut class, text friends, or even cheat.

Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously
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Smart Tugboat to Journey More Than 1,000 Miles, Autonomously

A 35-foot-long tugboat carrying passengers will embark from Hamburg, Germany, on a 1,000-nautical-mile (1,150-mile) autonomous voyage around Denmark.

AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges
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AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges

A computer model developed by researchers at New York’s University of Albany can determine whether an image of a face is a deepfake by examining its pupils.

ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews
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ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews

The union specifically highlighted the efforts to develop ships guided by satellites, onboard sensors, and artificial intelligence.

The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data
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The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data

A new type of ransomware attack involves cybercriminals stealing sensitive data and threatening to publish it online if the victim does not pay a hefty ransom. ...

Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID
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Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Service sector jobs increasingly are being automated amid the pandemic, as companies navigate worker shortages and higher labor costs.

Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?
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Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of the most popular, use astonishing amounts of electricity.

Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.
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Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.

A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse.

Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought
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Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

Global information and communications technology's greenhouse gas emissions may be worse than previously calculated, suggest researchers.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward
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Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward

Python could soon take first place in one more programming language popularity ranking.

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology
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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.

Computers 'Worse for Environment than Plane Travel'
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Computers 'Worse for Environment than Plane Travel'

The carbon impact of computers is set to rise even further, researchers warn.

A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans
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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A new technology called Codex generates programs in 12 coding languages and even translates between them. But it is not a threat to professional programmers.

Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network
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Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Scientists have programmed a universal algorithm to enable a silicon chip to decode any data transmitted across a network, irrespective of structure.

Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules
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Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, VA, has ruled that only an actual human can be listed as an inventor on patents under U.S. law.

Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try
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Smart Glasses Made Google Look Dumb. Now Facebook Is Giving Them a Try

The company has teamed up with Ray-Ban to create glasses that can take photos, record video, answer phone calls and play podcasts.

Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington
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Crypto's Rapid Move Into Banking Elicits Alarm in Washington

The boom in companies offering cryptocurrency loans and high-yield deposit accounts is disrupting the banking industry and leaving regulators scrambling to catch...
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