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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...

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. \]

'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.

DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers
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DOE Maps Out Quantum Research Centers

The U.S. Department of Energy will build at least two new research centers to support quantum information science .

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.

Keeping Algorithms Fair
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Keeping Algorithms Fair

It's easier to de-bias algorithms than it is to de-bias people.

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Stepping into a charged social issue, Silicon Valley tech giant Salesforce.com has asked retailers to stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using its software...

Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI
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Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn...

And Then, There Were Three
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And Then, There Were Three

How long can the silicon foundry sector continue to adapt, as physical limits make further shrinkage virtually impossible?

Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing
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Hummingbird Robot Flies, Hovers Like Real Thing

Purdue University researchers have built robot hummingbirds that learn to fly and hover like their real-world counterparts, using algorithms and computer simulation...

R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs
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R's Out of Top 20 Programming Languages Despite Boom in Statistical Jobs

Tiobe ranks the R programming language as the 21st most popular in its monthly index for May, marking the first time in three years the language sits outside the...

The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software
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The Pentagon's Drones May Soon Run on Open Source Software

The U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Innovation Unit has reached a deal with Swiss company Auterion to enhance the agency's open source drone software.

Google Will Give Users More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online
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Google Will Give Users More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online

Google is modifying its Chrome Web browser to give users more control over parties who track their online habits.

White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards
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White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards

The White House Office of Science and Technology has launched a request for information seeking insight into developing standards around artificial intelligence...

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived
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For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

Companies like Amazon are using software to monitor employee productivity and terminate underperforming workers.

Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech
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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.

Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars
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Could TypeScript Replace JavaScript? Use of Programming Language Spin-Off Soars

In a recent survey of developers who use npm, 62% of respondents said they used Microsoft's TypeScript to build native mobile and desktop apps, up from 46% in last...

How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans
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How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans

The Orleans Parish Communication District is using a low-code platform to automate certain tasks.

Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices
From ACM News

Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices

Manufacturers may blur the distinctions, but they're important.
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