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September 2020


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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.


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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone startups increasingly are being targeted by venture investors, due to expected growth in the sector amid technological advancements and federal approvals.


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Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?

Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?

Zerologon lets anyone with a network toehold obtain the domain-controller password.


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NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  have developed a new technique for three-dimensional printing of gels and other soft materials.


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We’re Not Ready for AI, Says Winner of New $1-Million AI Prize

We’re Not Ready for AI, Says Winner of New $1-Million AI Prize

Regina Barzilay, the first winner of the Squirrel AI Award, on why the pandemic should be a wake-up call.


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When AI Is the Opposite of Sinister: MIT Researcher Is Held Up as Model of How Algorithms Can Benefit Humanity

When AI Is the Opposite of Sinister: MIT Researcher Is Held Up as Model of How Algorithms Can Benefit Humanity

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence named artificial intelligence researcher Regina Barzilay the first recipient of its new award for those developing or promoting AI for the benefit of society.


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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.


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This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling

This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling

Researchers at Liverpool Hope University in the U.K. created a tool that can sort materials for recycling by combining a Raspberry Pi 3 model with optical sensors and computer vision algorithms.


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Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time

Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time

A free, open source software package enables real-time sound streaming, allowing musicians to perform together online in real time.


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UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos

UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos

Computer models developed by researchers at the University of Wyoming use artificial intelligence to identify images of wild animals in camera-trap photographs.


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Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term

Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center is warning colleges and universities that increasing numbers of cyberattacks threaten to disrupt the start of the Fall term.


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'A Very Exciting Time to be at the Helm'

'A Very Exciting Time to be at the Helm'

A conversation with U.S. National Science Foundation director Sethuraman Panchanathan.


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If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds

If We Put Computers in Our Brains, Strange Things Might Happen to Our Minds

Using a brain-computer interface can fundamentally change our grey matter, a view of ourselves, and even how fast our brains can change the world.


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179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

179 Arrested in Massive Global Dark Web Takedown

Operation Disruptor is an unprecedented international law enforcement effort, stemming from last year's seizure of a popular underground bazaar called Wall Street Market.


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CISA: Chinese State Hackers Are Exploiting F5, Citrix, Pulse Secure, Exchange Bugs

CISA: Chinese State Hackers Are Exploiting F5, Citrix, Pulse Secure, Exchange Bugs

An advisory from the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) warns of attacks against U.S. federal networks by hacker groups associated with China's Ministry of State Security over the past year.


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Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service

Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service

U.K. grocery chain Tesco next month will start trialing a drone delivery service in Ireland's County Galway, using unmanned aerial vehicles from Manna to deliver goods to customers of Tesco's Oranmore outlet.


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Computational Modeling Explains Why Blues, Greens Are Brightest Colors in Nature

Computational Modeling Explains Why Blues, Greens Are Brightest Colors in Nature

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge have demonstrated via computational modeling why blue and green are the most vivid natural hues.


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Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores

Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores

The RISC-V open standard instruction-set architecture can improve cybersecurity.


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Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch

Singapore to Pay Citizens for Keeping Healthy with Apple Watch

Apple and Singapore's government have partnered on the two-year LumiHealth initiative, which will monitor and reward user behavior via the Apple Watch and an iPhone application.


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Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death

Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death

A woman in Germany suffering a life-threatening illness was the first person to die from a cyberattack on a healthcare system.


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Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch

Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch

A soft wearable device developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia recreates the sense of touch using haptic technology.


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Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles

Accident Prevention Software for Autonomous Vehicles

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich say they have created accident-preventing software for autonomous vehicles that anticipates variations of traffic scenarios.


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Majority of Europeans Would Consider Human Augmentation, Study Finds

Majority of Europeans Would Consider Human Augmentation, Study Finds

A survey of more than 14,000 people in 16 countries found most Europeans would consider technological augmentation to their bodies.


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European Commission Invests €8 Billion in Supercomputing

European Commission Invests €8 Billion  in Supercomputing

The European Commission is boosting its commitment under the EuroHPC Joint Undertaking with a planned €8-billion ($9.4-billion) infusion into developing European supercomputing leadership and digital sovereignty.


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Huang’s Law Is the New Moore’s Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm

Huang’s Law Is the New Moore’s Law, and Explains Why Nvidia Wants Arm

The rule that the same dollar buys twice the computing power every 18 months is no longer true, but a new law—which we named for the CEO of Nvidia, the company now most emblematic of commercial AI—is in full effect.


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IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities

IBM Establishes First Quantum Education, Research Initiative for Historically Black Colleges, Universities

IBM announced its first IBM Quantum education and research initiative for Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), led by Howard University and 12 other HBCUs.


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Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter

Data Processing Module Makes Deep Neural Networks Smarter

Researchers have enhanced deep neural network performance by integrating feature normalization and feature attention modules into a hybrid attentive normalization module.


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The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

The Phish Scale: NIST-Developed Method Helps IT Staff See Why Users Click on Fraudulent Emails

The Phish Scale could help organizations better train their employees to avoid being deceived by seemingly trustworthy emails.


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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical.


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Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues

Smart Transportation Systems Need to Reckon with Rogues

Arizona State University engineers have come up with an algorithm that manages autonomous vehicle traffic through intersections safely, under real-life conditions.

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