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March 2019


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Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Warnings of a Dark Side to A.I. in Health Care

Last year, the Food and Drug Administration approved a device that can capture an image of your retina and automatically detect signs of diabetic blindness.


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Facial Motion Capture Helps Bring VR Documentary to Life

Facial Motion Capture Helps Bring VR Documentary to Life

A new virtual reality documentary allows the viewer to experience it from a range of viewpoints.


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ESPNcricinfo, IIT Madras Collaborate on Data Science Tool that Analyzes the Game of Cricket

ESPNcricinfo, IIT Madras Collaborate on Data Science Tool that Analyzes the Game of Cricket

Superstats provides a combination of statistical metrics that use data science to give a context to every event in a cricket match.


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How Would a 'Smart Wall' Work at the U.S.-Mexico Border?

How Would a 'Smart Wall' Work at the U.S.-Mexico Border?

"Virtual walls" or "smart walls" along the southwest U.S. border are being billed as an alternative to the proposed concrete and steel barriers that have divided public opinion.


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How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics

How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics

At the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life workshop, Pope Francis presented a letter warning of developing technologies without first considering societal costs.


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Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South

Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South

Automated sewing and other machine innovations could enable a resurgence of the textile industry in the southern U.S.


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How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot

How Cutting-Edge Technology Helps Basketball Players Shoot

As a freshman last season at Michigan, Isaiah Livers shot 36 percent from 3-point range. Decent, but not great.


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Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer

Elisa Bertino Named ACM Athena Lecturer

The researcher's achievements include significant advances to mobile security.


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A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt

A Prehistoric Puzzle in the Kuiper Belt

The farthest object ever explored is slowly revealing its secrets, as scientists piece together the puzzles of Ultima Thule—the Kuiper Belt object NASA's New Horizons spacecraft flew past on New Year's Day, four billion miles…


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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of the world electronically while keeping the internet running for its…


From ACM TechNews

Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles

Ford to Build Factory in Michigan for Autonomous Vehicles

Ford Motor plans to construct its first autonomous vehicles at a $50-million production center in Michigan.


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Automated Order Takers May Reshape Future of Drive-Through Restaurants

Automated Order Takers May Reshape Future of Drive-Through Restaurants

Artificial intelligence companies are developing voice assistants to improve order-taking at drive-through restaurants.


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Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers

Parents of Girls, Low-Income Students Less Likely to Urge Kids to Study Computers

Parents of female and lower-income students are less likely to encourage their children to major in computer science than parents of male students and those in higher-income households.


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Inside GAO's Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

Inside GAO's Plan to Make Congress More Tech-Savvy

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has set up a Science and Technology Assessment and Analytics group to help make lawmakers more knowledgeable of emerging technologies.


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Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before

Robot Precisely Moves Objects It's Never Seen Before

Researchers have developed a system that allows robots to do many different pick-and-place tasks, without having ever seen the objects with which they are interacting.


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They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

They Didn't Buy the DLC: Feature that Could've Prevented 737 Crashes Was Sold As an Option

The crashed Lion Air 737 MAX and the Ethiopian Airlines 737 MAX aircraft had more in common than aircraft design and the apparently malfunctioning flight system that led to their demises.


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Apple Watch Detects Irregular Heartbeat in Large U.S. Study

Apple Watch Detects Irregular Heartbeat in Large U.S. Study

Researchers found the Apple Watch could detect irregular pulse rates, which might indicate a need for further monitoring to catch atrial fibrillation.


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The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense

The Future of Sports Is Interactive, Immersive, Intense

Sports viewing is expected to become more accessible, interactive, and personalized, through technologies like virtual reality.


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Google Lookout Uses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired

Google Lookout Uses AI to Describe Surroundings for Visually Impaired

A new Google app uses artificial intelligence to help visually impaired users better perceive their surroundings by providing verbal feedback via smartphones.


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Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science

Massachusetts School Recognized for Diversity in Computer Science

Saugus High School in Massachusetts has earned the first College Board Advanced Placement Computer Science Female Diversity Award.


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Painting On Pervoskites at Room Temperature

 Painting On Pervoskites at Room Temperature

Hybrid organic-inorganic perovskite semiconductors are suited to many electro-optical applications.


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Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics

Moshe Vardi on Social Implications of Technology and Our Responsibility As Academics

Rice University computer science professor Moshe Y. Vardi talks about the impact of technologies on society, and how this challenges what computer science should be concerned about.


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

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 a user first reported it as troubling, 29 minutes after the stream…


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

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.


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

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.


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U.S. Trails Europe in Technology, Data-Science Skills Ranking

U.S. Trails Europe in Technology, Data-Science Skills Ranking

Europe accounts for more than 80% of nations in the top 25% of countries across the technology, business, and data science domains, according to a Coursera index of technology skills.


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

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.


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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

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.


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

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.


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

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.

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