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Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic
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Virtual Try-Ons Replacing Fitting Rooms During the Pandemic

The Covid-19 pandemic has spurred consumers to substitute fitting rooms with augmented reality using their smartphones and computers.

Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux
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Home Router Warning: They're Riddled With Known Flaws and Run Ancient, Unpatched Linux

Researchers studied 127 home routers from seven brands and found that 46 had not had a security update in the past year.

Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks
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Tyson Turns to Robot Butchers, Spurred by Coronavirus Outbreaks

Engineers and scientists at meatpacking company Tyson Foods are developing an automated deboning system to process meats in order to avoid spreading infectious...

AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing
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AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing

Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and Tulane University integrated machine learning with quantum information...

Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College
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Meet the Secret Algorithm That's Keeping Students Out of College

The International Baccalaureate program canceled its high-stakes exam because of Covid-19. The formula it used to "predict" scores puzzles students and teachers...

Study: Only 18% of Data Science Students Are Learning AI Ethics
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Study: Only 18% of Data Science Students Are Learning AI Ethics

Only 15% of university instructors and professors surveyed are teaching artificial intelligence (AI) ethics, and just 18% of students say they are learning about...

Researchers Discover How to Pinpoint a Malicious Drone Operator
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Researchers Discover How to Pinpoint a Malicious Drone Operator

Researchers at Israel's Ben-Gurion University of the Negev have learned to identify the location of a potentially malicious aerial drone operator operating near...

ACM U.S. Technology Policy Committee Urges Supreme Court to Narrowly Interpret Computer Fraud Act
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ACM U.S. Technology Policy Committee Urges Supreme Court to Narrowly Interpret Computer Fraud Act

ACM's U.S. Technology Policy Committee Thursday filed an amicus curiae brief with the U.S. Supreme Court urging the court to narrowly interpret the Computer Fraud...

Bio-Ink for 3-D Printing Inside the Body
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Bio-Ink for 3-D Printing Inside the Body

Researchers at The Ohio State University have developed a bio-ink that can be three-dimensionally printed at human body temperature, and solidified using visible...

NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations
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NSF Reveals First Details on Foreign-Influence Investigations

The U.S. National Science Foundation has taken action in 16-to-20 individual cases, most involving "very well-known academics," in which foreign ties were not properly...

AI's Carbon Footprint Problem
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AI's Carbon Footprint Problem

A new tool measures the hidden cost of machine learning.

National Security Agency Warns That VPNs Could Be Vulnerable to Cyberattacks
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National Security Agency Warns That VPNs Could Be Vulnerable to Cyberattacks

A cybersecurity advisory issued by the National Security Agency's Cybersecurity Directorate warns that virtual private networks may be vulnerable to cyberattacks...

Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans
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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans

Waste import bans have prompted many companies to use robotic technologies to enhance their processing capabilities.

What's Contributing to the Striking Gender Gap in the AI Field?
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What's Contributing to the Striking Gender Gap in the AI Field?

A new study quantified predictors of whether women will choose careers in machine learning and artificial intelligence.

A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit
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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

The Police Data Accessibility Project aims to request, download, clean, and standardize public records that right now are overly difficult to find.

Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students
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Harvard and M.I.T. Sue to Stop Trump Visa Rules for Foreign Students

Universities opposed a policy that would require students to take at least one in-person class or be denied permission to study in the U.S.

Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant
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Uncovered: 1,000 Phrases That Incorrectly Trigger Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant

Researchers have identified more than 1,000 word sequences that incorrectly trigger voice assistants like Alexa, Google Home, and Siri.

Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home
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Home Security Camera Wi-Fi Signals Can be Hacked to Tell When People Are Home

Scientists in the U.K. and China have demonstrated exploits of Internet-connected security camera uploads that allows hackers to learn whether homes are occupied...

System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations
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System Combines Smartphone Videos to Create 4D Visualizations

Carnegie Mellon University researchers combined iPhone videos shot "in the wild" by separate cameras to produce four-dimensional visualizations.
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