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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency
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Facebook Plans Global Financial System Based on Cryptocurrency

Facebook has unveiled a plan to create an alternative financial system that relies on a new cryptocurrency.

Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape
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Petaflop Systems Dominate the Supercomputer Landscape

For the first time, every entry in this year's TOP500 list delivers petaflop-level capabilities.

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
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Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall
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Domino's Will Start Delivering Pizzas via Autonomous Robot This Fall

Robotics startup Nuro has announced plans to dispatch robots this fall to deliver Domino's pizzas to customers in Houston.

HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments
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HSM Vulnerabilities Impact Banks, Cloud Providers, Governments

Researchers have discovered vulnerabilities that can be exploited remotely to retrieve sensitive data stored inside Hardware Security Modules .

Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed
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Algorithm Tells Robots Where Nearby Humans are Headed

A new algorithm accurately aligns partial trajectories in real time, allowing motion predictors in self-driving cars to accurately anticipate the timing of a person's...

Uber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego
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Uber Eats To Test Flying Food To Customers By Drone In San Diego

Uber will start delivering food with drones in San Diego this summer, aiming to test out ways to connect a payload to customers in a dense urban environment where...

Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous SUV
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Uber Tests Drone Food Delivery, Launches Autonomous SUV

The Uber ride-hailing company is conducting a pilot of restaurant food deliveries via drone in San Diego.

Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology
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Engine Behind 'Fortnite' Powers Business Technology

Businesses are tapping the gaming-engine software of "Fortnite" and other videogames for applications ranging from car design to drug discovery. \]

Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts
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Software Upgrade (After 40 Years) Aims to Improve U.S. Weather Forecasts

The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has significantly upgraded the software that guides its weather prediction capability for the first time...

Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy
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Research Moves Closer to Brain-Machine Interface Autonomy

A brain-computer interface developed by researchers at the University of Houston can sense when its user is expecting a reward.

Underwater Drones Nearly Triple Ocean Floor Data
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Underwater Drones Nearly Triple Ocean Floor Data

Several projects now underway are using submersible drones to explore the ocean floor.

'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive
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'Photo Wake-Up' Makes Still Photographs--and Picasso Paintings--Come Eerily Alive

A new software application can bring still images to "life."

Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation
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Even Voting Machine Company Pushes for Election Security Legislation

Voting machine vendor Election Systems & Software has called on Congress to pass legislation requiring paper trails for all votes to protect against hacking.

AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection
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AI Technology Improves Critical Crack Detection

A new artificial intelligence system can detect unidentified or underidentified structural damage in major infrastructure such as nuclear reactors, skyscrapers,...

About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork
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About Faces: Geometric Style of Portrait Artwork

Researchers have developed a technique to automatically analyze portrait artwork, factoring in fine-grained detail, accuracy, and individual artistic style.

Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI
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Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car
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Creating an AI can be 5x Worse for the Planet than a Car

The training of a single artificial intelligence program can require as much as 284 tons of carbon dioxide equivalent, or about five times the lifetime emissions...

Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years
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Python Predicted to Overtake C and Java in Next 4 Years

Tiobe analysts believe Python probably will become the most popular programming language in the world within three or four years.
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