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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions
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Fewer than 200 People Watched the New Zealand Massacre Live. A Hateful Group Helped It Reach Millions

As the New Zealand gunman live-streamed the massacre onto Facebook, fewer than 200 people watched. The social network said its moderators removed it sometime after...

Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology
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Despite U.S. Pressure, Germany Refuses to Exclude Huawei's 5G Technology

The race to build the next generation of super-fast mobile-data networks has begun in Germany, which started auctioning off its spectrum licenses for 5G on Tuesday...

The Computer Scientist Who Wants to Put a Name to Every Face in Civil War Photographs
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The Computer Scientist Who Wants to Put a Name to Every Face in Civil War Photographs

A researcher has combined crowdsourcing and facial recognition to produce online software that can help users identify unknown subjects in Civil War-era photos....

Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer
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Racing Against China, U.S. Reveals Details of $500 Million Supercomputer

The U.S. Department of Energy has disclosed the details of its newest $500-million supercomputer.

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

U.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals
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U.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals

A U.S. regulator is asking for public comments on whether autonomous cars lacking steering wheels and brake pedals should be allowed on the nation’s streets.

The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images
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The Best Image-Recognition AIs are Fooled by Slightly Rotated Images

Artificial intelligence is much worse at identifying objects by sight than many people realize.

How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral
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How Social Media's Business Model Helped the New Zealand Massacre Go Viral

The ability of Internet users to spread a video of Friday's slaughter in New Zealand marked a triumph—however appalling—of human ingenuity over computerized systems...

UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory
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UNSW, Sydney Uni Join Quantum Powers to Prove Qubit Theory

Researchers in Australia are combining their quantum computing powers, uniting methods designed by researchers at each university to prove their feasibility.

Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects Up to 120 Times Its Weight
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Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects Up to 120 Times Its Weight

Researchers have designed a robot-mounted gripper that can lift items of various weights, shapes, and sizes.

Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds
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Companies With Tech Expertise on the Board See Higher Revenue Growth, MIT Study Finds

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology found enterprises with technologists on their boards have superior revenue growth, return on assets, and market capitalization...

Top U.S. Universities Shun Cash From Huawei Under Trump Pressure
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Top U.S. Universities Shun Cash From Huawei Under Trump Pressure

Pressure from Congress and the Trump administration has forced top U.S. universities to refuse research funding from China's Huawei Technologies over national security...

Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.
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Stanford Helped Pioneer Artificial Intelligence. Now the University Wants to Put Humans at Its Center.

A Stanford University scientist coined the term artificial intelligence. Others at the university created some of the most significant applications of it, such...

Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online
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Why AI Is Still Terrible at Spotting Violence Online

Artificial intelligence can identify people in pictures, find the next TV series you should binge watch on Netflix, and even drive a car.

The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices
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The Uncanny Valley Nobody's Talking About: Eerie Robot Voices

Call it the Great Convergence of Creepiness. The first bit, the uncanny valley, we're all familiar with by now: If a humanoid robot looks super realistic, but not...

Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue
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Diversity in Tech: How One VC Firm Is Partnering With Historically Black Colleges to Address the Pipeline Issue

Unusual Ventures this summer will launch a program designed to increase the number of black students working in technical internships.

Sensor Cited as Potential Factor in Boeing Crashes Draws Scrutiny
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Sensor Cited as Potential Factor in Boeing Crashes Draws Scrutiny

Sensors Boeing was ordered to replace following the near-crash of an Airbus A321 in 2014 are drawing fresh scrutiny after two recent Boeing 737 disasters.

Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels
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Locking More Than the Doors as Cars Become Computers on Wheels

Concern that cars could be hacked by criminals, terrorists, or even rogue governments has prompted a new era of security efforts within the auto industry.

Computer Kidney Could Provide Safer Tests for New Medications
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Computer Kidney Could Provide Safer Tests for New Medications

The first computational model of the human kidney is enabling scientists to more deeply explore kidney function and how new medications may work.
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