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November 2019


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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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Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data

Census Overhaul Seeks to Avoid Outing Individual Respondent Data

The U.S. Census Bureau is revamping its systems to prevent the use of published data to target individual respondents through the information they disclose.


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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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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.