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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.

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.

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.

Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places
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Your Cadillac Can Now Drive Itself More Places

The automaker has expanded the range of Super Cruise to include trickier divided highways in the U.S. and Canada.

Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection
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Computer Attack Mimics User's Keystrokes, Evades Detection

Researchers have identified a malware technique designed to evade detection via individualized keystroke characteristics.

Driverless Congestion
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Driverless Congestion

A simulation of Zurich, Switzerland, demonstrated that driverless taxis would not replace personal transportation in cities, as long as private autonomous vehicles...

6 Unexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information
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6 Unexpected Places Hackers Can Find Your Information

Sharing facts like your birthday or your parents' names can open you up to identity theft.

Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game
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Striking First to Beat Hackers at Their Own Game

Researchers can use the same covert channels hackers have taken advantage of to protect a vehicle's control systems.

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages
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Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted...

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines
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Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

ACM has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to prohibit Internet connections from all voting equipment under an updated set of voluntary guidelines.

Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia
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Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia

Researchers have developed an immersive experience that brings users into the world of a fictitious Internet of Things start-up.

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps
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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.

Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health
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Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health

Researchers at Comcast are developing an in-home device to monitor people's basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with plans of launching a pilot test later...

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos
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5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are concerned that 5G wireless phones could interfere with weather forecasts.

States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife
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States Turn to Drones to Predict Avalanches, Spot Wildlife

Public transportation agencies in nearly every state are using drones, according to a recent American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials...

U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks
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U.S. Postal Service Testing Self-Driving Trucks

The U.S. Postal Service is conducting a pilot study in which self-driving trucks will complete a more-than-1,000-mile mail run between Phoenix and Dallas.

A URLephant Emergency?
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A URLephant Emergency?

Concerns about ensuring website identity and security.

Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road
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Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road

A driverless electric truck has started delivering freight daily along a public road in Sweden.

Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix
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Waymo and Lyft Partner to Scale Self-Driving Robotaxi Service in Phoenix

Technology developer Waymo and ride-hailing company Lyft have partnered to deploy driverless vehicles for Lyft's robotaxi service in Phoenix, AZ.
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