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November 2019


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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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U.S. Companies Facing Huge Tech Talent Deficit in 2020

U.S. Companies Facing Huge Tech Talent Deficit in 2020

Talent acquisition platform iCIMS found a substantial shortage of professionals with technology skills, despite an upsurge of hiring across the U.S. technology sector.


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The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities

The Bioacoustic Signatures of Our Bodies Can Reveal Our Identities

Researchers in South Korea have developed a biometric system that uses a transducer to generate vibrations and sound waves that can be used to identify individuals.


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Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

Police to Use Facial Recognition Drones to Help Find the Missing

Police Scotland has launched a new aerial drone system to help search for missing people.


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Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs

Robot Arm Lets You Remotely Lend Friends Helping Hand with Repairs

Researchers at the University of Bristol in the U.K. have developed a handheld robot for remote assistance with repairs.


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A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home

A 3D Print-Out You Could Call Home

The TERA project is one of the latest experiments in constructing homes with the aid of 3D printing technology. 


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What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding

What Chipmakers Tell Us About the Great Global Unwinding

The U.S.-China trade war is fracturing the world's semiconductor manufacturing base, and that won't stop even if the tariffs do.


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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

Chinese officials have unveiled guidelines for limiting online videogame use by persons under 18, claiming it hurts health and learning.


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Virginia Seeks Larger Pipeline of CS Degrees

Virginia Seeks Larger Pipeline of CS Degrees

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled plans to help public universities produce 31,000 additional degree-holders in computer science and related disciplines over the next 20 years.


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Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It

Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It

The Kiwi Campus startup near the University of California, Berkeley, offers robot meal deliveries to students, with remote "pilots" in Colombia setting and adjusting way points as the bots travel.


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GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges

GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges

Microsoft-owned GitHub's annual Octoverse report said its software developer community now exceeds 40 million developers.


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Robotic Arm Slows Down to Avoid Uncanny Valley

Robotic Arm Slows Down to Avoid Uncanny Valley

Disney Research roboticists have found that slowing a robot’s reaction time and movements made people feel less threatened, helping to avoid the "uncanny valley" effect.


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Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI

Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI

Joanna Bryson is one of the few computer scientists who are experts in both artificial intelligence and natural intelligence.


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Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security

Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security

A group of researchers claim to have developed a method for bypassing biometric security on smartphones using photographs of fingerprints.


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European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants

European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants

Germany and France are launching a government-backed project to develop European cloud infrastructure, to help local providers compete with U.S. technology companies.


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AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends

AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends

A new artificial intelligence tool scans millions of publicly available photos to effectively identify fashion trends around the world, as well as traditions and events with signature styles.


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Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other

Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other

Researchers have developed self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, and roll across the ground.


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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells.


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U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia

U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia

Justice Department says the two former employees accessed information about people who made posts critical of the Saudi royal family.


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Drones: Getting There Before an Ambulance

Drones: Getting There Before an Ambulance

Researchers at Maimonides Medical Center found that medical drones carrying emergency supplies can reach 911 callers in New York City significantly faster than ambulances. 


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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.


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RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles

RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles

Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can experience collisions without being damaged.


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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet away.


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International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy

International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy

A study by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement found inconsistent computer literacy rates across 12 countries.


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NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan

NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan

The plan includes $2 million in state grants to help schools establish advanced, high-quality computer science programs.


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Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness

Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness

"I've become convinced that AI and the surrounding disciplines are going to bring a change in human consciousness, like the Enlightenment."


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The Internet Is Getting Less Free

The Internet Is Getting Less Free

Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting Internet freedoms.


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This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance

This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance

Researchers have developed a teleoperation system that allows a two-legged robot to "borrow" a human operator's physical skills to move with greater agility. 


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Patent Office Seeks Help From AI

Patent Office Seeks Help From AI

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expanding its use of artificial intelligence to handle a steadily increasing number of patent applications, including an influx of AI-related filings.


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Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show

Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show

Researchers in two U.S. Department of Defense units collaborated with a health IT company to develop a predictive algorithm that determines if a service member is falling ill up to 48 hours before any symptoms appear.