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Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse
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Internet Hacking Is About to Get Much Worse

Writer Bruce Schneier is a fellow and lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School.

Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source
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Microsoft just made 60,000 of its patents open source

Apart from older Linux Kernel and Android patents, Microsoft's patent library includes upcoming technologies like LF Energy and HyperLedger.

As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market
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As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an...

Just 36 Teachers Across U.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS
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Just 36 Teachers Across U.S. Graduated in 2016 Ready to Teach CS

U.S. universities graduated only 36 new teachers prepared to teach computer science in 2016, and only 35% of U.S. high schools teach the subject.

AI Tool Automatically Reveals How to Write Apps That Drain Less Battery
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AI Tool Automatically Reveals How to Write Apps That Drain Less Battery

A new tool uses artificial intelligence to determine if a specific application feature should be improved to drain less battery power from a mobile device.

The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas
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The Robots Are Coming to Las Vegas

Las Vegas hotels are experimenting with robots and other automation.

Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive
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Facebook Tackles Rising Threat: Americans Aping Russian Schemes to Deceive

When Christine Blasey Ford testified before Congress last month about Justice Brett M. Kavanaugh's alleged sexual assault, a website called Right Wing News sprang...

Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns
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Supercharged Crime-Scene DNA Analysis Sparks Privacy Concerns

Genetic sleuthing techniques that led to the arrest of a suspect in the infamous Golden State Killer case this year are set to become vastly more powerful, suggest...

Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable to Attack, GAO Says
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Cyber Tests Showed 'Nearly All' New Pentagon Weapons Vulnerable to Attack, GAO Says

Most of the U.S. Department of Defense's newest weapons systems are plagued by security issues, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women
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Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women

Amazon discontinued an artificial intelligence recruiting tool its machine learning specialists developed to automate the hiring process because it was biased against...

These Scientists May Be Your Next Members of Congress
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These Scientists May Be Your Next Members of Congress

A growing number of aspiring candidates for U.S. congressional offices have a background in science.

HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around
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HyQ Steps Across Gaps Despite Getting Yanked Around

Researchers used a convolutional neural network to reduce the amount of time the HyQ quadruped robot needs to plan its foot placement by several orders of magnitude...

Forbes Releases Inaugural Top Women in Tech List in Honor of Ada Lovelace Day
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Forbes Releases Inaugural Top Women in Tech List in Honor of Ada Lovelace Day

In honor of Ada Lovelace Day 2018, Forbes issued its inaugural unranked list of Top Women in Technology.

Lynn Conway and the VLSI Revolution in Microchip Design
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Lynn Conway and the VLSI Revolution in Microchip Design

Although struggling with personal life, Conway made a breakthrough discovery that rewrote what engineers thought single-stream computer architecture might achieve...

The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans
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The Ick of AI That Impersonates Humans

Philip K. Dick was living a few miles north of San Francisco when he wrote Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?, which envisioned a world where artificially intelligent...

All Eyes on Hurricane Michael
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All Eyes on Hurricane Michael

Hurricane Michael plowed into the Florida panhandle Wednesday, Oct. 10, as a major Category 4 storm—the strongest hurricane ever to hit that region.

Google, Facebook Team Up on Artificial Intelligence Tech
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Google, Facebook Team Up on Artificial Intelligence Tech

Google and Facebook researchers are working together to make Facebook's open source PyTorch framework interoperate with Google's custom machine learning chips. ...

What You Can't See Can Hurt You
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What You Can't See Can Hurt You

Researchers have found homeowners will significantly alter their behavior to improve the air quality in their homes if presented with visualizations of how it changes...

US Weapons Systems Are Easy Cyberattack Targets, New Report Finds
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US Weapons Systems Are Easy Cyberattack Targets, New Report Finds

The first step in solving any problem is admitting there is one. But a new report from the US Government Accountability Office finds that the Department of Defense...

Voting Experts: Why the Heck Are People Still Voting Online?
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Voting Experts: Why the Heck Are People Still Voting Online?

A new study calls online ballots a key weakness in the securing of U.S. election systems, and estimates at least 100,000 Americans cast online ballots in the 2016...
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