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January 2020


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Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next

Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next

Germany’s Bundesliga professional football (soccer) league is making Amazon its official technology provider, providing statistics (among other things) for the soccer league's TV broadcasts and digital products.


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How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?

How Well Can Computers Connect Symptoms to Diseases?

A new study found that health knowledge graphs perform poorly for diseases with high percentages of very old or young patients, or high percentages of male or female patients.


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Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street Banks Ramp Up Research Into Quantum Finance

Wall Street banks are accelerating their research into quantum computing.


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Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Scientists Improve Yield Predictions Based on Seedling Data

Scientists have computationally improved the accuracy of crop yield forecasts according to genetic data from corn seedlings.


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Exploring the Theory of Computing

Exploring the Theory of Computing

In his new book, Avi Wigderson argues for computing’s central role in human thought.


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Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data

Facebook Will Now Remind You When It's Not the Only One Looking at Your Data

Facebook users will now receive notifications reminding them that third parties have a glimpse into their information, and that controls are available to restrict how much personal data they can collect.


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Scientists at UVM, Tufts Create 'Living Robots'

Scientists at UVM, Tufts Create 'Living Robots'

Researchers have created tiny living robots made of frog cells using a supercomputer, an achievement with implications for regenerative medicine.


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Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight

Tech Industry Rallies Behind Google in Supreme Court Fight

Some of Google's biggest rivals filed amicus briefs on its behalf Monday in a copyright battle with Oracle.
 


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How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job

How to Beat South Korea's AI Hiring Bots and Land a Job

Major South Korean companies are using artificial intelligence (AI) to screen job applicants, giving rise to an industry to help job-seekers beat these systems. 


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Memory Storage for Super-Cold Computing

Memory Storage for Super-Cold Computing

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have demonstrated a cryogenic memory cell circuit incorporating three inductively coupled Josephson junctions that can harness magnetic flux to store data.


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Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Grindr, OkCupid Spread Personal Details, Study Says

Online dating services are spreading personal user information in ways that may violate privacy laws in Europe and elsewhere.


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As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack

As Justice Department Pressures Apple, Investigators Say iPhone is Easier to Crack

The U.S. Department of Justice ia pressuring Apple to unlock two iPhones owned by a Saudi student who allegedly killed three people on a U.S. Naval base in Florida last month.


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Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning

Neural Networks Can Drive Virtual Racecars Without Learning

A study found artificial neural networks can evolve to perform tasks without learning.


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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different terrestrial base stations.


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Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

Samsung's Neon 'Artificial Humans' Look Like Super-Realistic Video Chatbots

At CES 2020, Samsung's STAR Labs research group unveiled Neon, a simulated human assistant.
 


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Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Just When You Thought Your Smart Bulbs Were Secure, Think Again.

Light can “jump the air gap.”


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Researchers: Are We on the Cusp of an 'AI Winter'?

Researchers: Are We on the Cusp of an 'AI Winter'?

There are signs that the hype over artificial intelligence might be about to start cooling off.


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Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit

Paralyzed Man Breaks World Record for Finishing a Marathon in an Exoskeleton Suit

A man paralyzed from the waist down has broken the world record for finishing a marathon in an exoskeleton suit.


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From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work

From Surgery Simulators to Medical Mishaps in Space, Video Game Tech Is Helping Doctors at Work

Video game developers are creating technologies to support the training of doctors performing surgery and other medical procedures.


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Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Bosch Deploys AI to Prevent Attacks on Car Electronics

Engineering company Robert Bosch is deploying artificial intelligence to fortify cars' electronic systems against hackers who attempt to feed the systems intentionally incorrect road-sign information.


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'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors

'Holy Grail' Digital Effects Rewinding the Clock for Actors

Recent movies have made extensive use of digital visual effects to make performers appear younger.


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Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans

Using a Robot to Deploy Robots in Remote Oceans

Researchers designed an unmanned surface vessel to deploy research equipment in remote and inaccessible ocean locations.


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Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Hundreds of Millions of Cable Modems Vulnerable to Cable Haunt Vulnerability

Danish researchers reported a security vulnerability affecting cable modems that use Broadcom chips, which is believed to impact about 200 million cable modems in Europe alone.


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AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

AI for #MeToo: Training Algorithms to Spot Online Trolls

Researchers have demonstrated that machine learning algorithms can track evolving online social media conversations, which could eventually yield an automated method to detect trolling.


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Trump Signs Law to Boost Girls' Access to STEM Education

Trump Signs Law to Boost Girls' Access to STEM Education

Late last month, U.S. President Donald J. Trump signed into law the Building Blocks of STEM Act to boost young girls' access to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education.


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AI Comes to the Operating Room

AI Comes to the Operating Room

Surgeons are utilizing artificial intelligence and new imaging methods to diagnose brain tumors faster than pathologists, and with similar accuracy.


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Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Voting Machines Touted as Secure Option Are Actually Vulnerable to Hacking, Study Finds

Researchers found that ballot-marking devices, which will be used in at least 18% of U.S. districts in November’s presidential election, lack sufficient safeguards from hacking.


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Kaiser Permanente Bets on Smartwatches to Lower Costs

Kaiser Permanente Bets on Smartwatches to Lower Costs

Kaiser Permanente is expanding a program in which patients recovering from a cardiac event wear smartwatches to confirm their adherence to prescribed exercise and medication regimens.


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U.K. Digital Health Infrastructure Is Stepping Up

U.K. Digital Health Infrastructure Is Stepping Up

Developments in the public and private sectors put the U.K. on the cusp of critical advances in helping people get healthier through digital tools.


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Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

Tech Chiefs Plan to Boost Cybersecurity Spending

Companies are dedicating increasing amounts of money to digital defenses in an effort to stop the spread of malware.