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Across the Language Barrier
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Across the Language Barrier

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

Algorithms to Harvest the Wind
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Algorithms to Harvest the Wind

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

High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption
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High Performers Show the Way Toward AI Adoption

A McKinsey Global Institute survey offers lessons from high-performing companies on artificial intelligence (AI) adoption, of whom about 3% are realizing outsize...

The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters
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The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters

Datacenters are being decommissioned at a rapid pace.

Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients
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Robot Completes First Round of 'Supermicrosurgeries' on Human Patients

A new robot has successfully performed its first round of supermicrosurgical procedures.

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...

What's the Hottest Job in Tech?
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What's the Hottest Job in Tech?

Technology recruiting firm Dice's analysis of 6 million U.S. job postings last year found the single largest category of tech job openings was that of software...

Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation
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Data Driving New Approaches to Transportation

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

Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet
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Self-Driving the Longest Route Yet

A self-driving vehicle has completed a 230-mile drive along roads in Britain as part of a project overseen by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Leeds and...

U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019
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U.S. Companies Cut Back on Robots in 2019

U.S. companies installed fewer robots last year compared to 2018, according to a report from the Association for Advancing Automation .

Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream
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Fusion Startups Step in to Realize Decades-Old Clean Power Dream

Startups are trying to make clean fusion-generated electricity a reality by designing systems for squeezing atoms together.

Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over
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Wearable Tech Tells Drowsy Truckers It's Time to Pull Over

Trucking companies are equipping drivers with wearable monitors that check for signs of fatigue, and notify them when it’s time to pull over and rest.

Automation Finds Home in Building Design
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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.

Chatbot Pushback
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Chatbot Pushback

Consumers are underwhelmed by e-commerce chatbots.

If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?
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If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can't be far behind.

Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs
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Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs

Companies are launching apprenticeship programs to recruit nontraditional staff for entry-level positions in the midst of a technology talent shortage.

Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips
From ACM News

Intel and Softbank Beware: Open Source Coming for Chips

Opening up part of the chipmaking process could jostle the industry.

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool
From ACM TechNews

IBM's Debating AI Just Got a Lot Closer to Being a Useful Tool

IBM upgraded the neural networks of its Project Debater system to improve the quality of evidence the argument-mining system uncovers.

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech
From ACM TechNews

Scientists Try to Help Congress Get Smarter About Tech

Government scientists and technologists are trying to help U.S. lawmakers become more technology-savvy.

Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs
From ACM TechNews

Melinda Gates' Nonprofit Launches $50M Initiative to Increase Representation of Women in Tech Hubs

Pivotal Ventures has announced a $50-million project designed to transform tech hubs into more inclusive places for women. 
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