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November 2019


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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.


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How Do U.S. Students' Computer, Information Literacy Skills Stack Up?

How Do U.S. Students' Computer, Information Literacy Skills Stack Up?

An international study gauges students' computer and information literacy skills, along with computational thinking.


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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.


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Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology

Hyundai Develops Next-Generation Noise Cancellation Technology

Hyundai researchers developed next-generation active noise cancellation (ANC) technology.


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Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

Bespoke Bionic Hand Made in 10 Hours

Researchers have developed a method of three-dimensionally printing a bionic hand that incorporates muscle sensors to control an articulated thumb, enabling it to function similarly to a human hand.


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Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years

Man versus Artificial Intelligence: From Deep Blue to DeepMind in 20 Years

Garry Kasparov and DeepMind's CEO Demis Hassabis discuss Kasparov's new book "Deep Thinking: Where Machine Intelligence Ends and Human Creativity Begins," his chess match with IBM Deep Blue, and his thoughts on the future of …


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UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019

UNIX Version 0, Running on a PDP-7, in 2019

The Living Computers museum in Seattle has been running UNIX version 0 on a DEC PDP-7 minicomputer.


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AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

AI System Evolves to Evade Internet Censorship

A artificial intelligence system based on genetic evolution has learned to automatically evade online censorship by repressive governments.


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Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Can a Unicorn Outrun Earthquakes?

Researchers are using the IBM AC922 Summit supercomputer to simulate the Cascadia Subduction Zone.


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IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer

IBM Hopes to Change Weather Forecasting Around the Globe Using Big Data, Supercomputer

IBM has launched a global weather model that it says offers more accurate forecasts for the entire world and can provide details for regions as small as two miles wide.


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Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR

Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR

Fordham University students are using virtual reality technology to build their business skills in simulated environments.


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Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

Sensor to Save Children, Pets Left in Vehicles

A new device combines radar technology with artificial intelligence to detect unattended children or animals left in vehicles when the driver leaves with 100% accuracy.


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Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Worker Robots that Learn from Mistakes

Computer scientists are using the artificial intelligence techniques of automated planning and reinforcement learning to train a robot to find an object in a cluttered space and move it.


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How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide

How Russia's Online Censorship Could Jeopardize Internet Freedom Worldwide

Researchers have found Russia's Internet censorship laws have troubling implications for online freedom in the U.S. and other countries that share its decentralized network structure.


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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.


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Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa

Software Developers in Fintech, Cloud Sectors Earn the Most in South Africa

South African software developers in the fintech and cloud services sectors are the most highly paid developers, according to the “2019 State of South Africa's Software Developers Nation” report.


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Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning

Machine Learning vs. Machine Learning

Using machine learning to detect deepfakes created for criminal purposes with machine learning.


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The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point

The Second Machine Age Hits The Tipping Point

AI, robotics, and industrial software are rapidly approaching a tipping point that could correspond with the greatest level of stock outperformance.


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WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips

WPI Researchers Discover Vulnerabilities Affecting Billions of Computer Chips

Researchers found two flaws impacting Intel and STMicroelectronics central processing units that hackers could exploit to steal or doctor data on billions of devices.


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Apple Card Algorithm Sparks Gender Bias Allegations Against Goldman Sachs

Apple Card Algorithm Sparks Gender Bias Allegations Against Goldman Sachs

Danish software developer David Heinemeier Hansson cited apparent gender discrimination in the Apple Card algorithm, spurring an investigation into Apple Card partner Goldman Sachs' credit card practices.


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Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality

Meal-Detection Technology Brings Artificial Pancreas Closer to Reality

Artificial intelligence researchers at Stevens Institute of Technology have created a system that detects when someone is eating and calculates their carbohydrate intake.


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MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach

MIT Robot Can Grow Like a Plant When It Needs Extra Reach

A new robotic system can "grow" in a way similar to how a young plant grows upward.


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This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa

This Piece of Music Could Stop Your Amazon Alexa

Carnegie Mellon University researchers developed a technique to inhibit the Amazon Alexa voice assistant's ability to respond to commands by playing an audio clip.


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How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?

How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?

Israeli and Spanish companies are offering three-dimensionally (3D)-printed meat products synthesized from plant protein. 


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Technique Helps Robots Find the Front Door

Technique Helps Robots Find the Front Door

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have developed a robotic navigation method that does not require mapping an area in advance. 


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Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar

Drones Used in Crime Fly Under the Law's Radar

When a drone is flown as part of a crime, authorities often have a hard time collecting evidence unless they can actually obtain the device.


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3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits

3D-Printed Plastics With High-Performance Electrical Circuits

Innovation could lead to better drones, satellites, biomedical devices.


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'Magic Mirror on My Wall…'

'Magic Mirror on My Wall…'

Smart mirrors bring a new form-factor to on-campus information access.

 


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What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death

What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death

Engineers are racing to program artificial intelligence to recognize different scenarios that human drivers know inherently.


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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and apply them on the battlefield.

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