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August 2019


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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard.


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What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics

What the Machine Learning Value Chain Means for Geopolitics

Artificial intelligence  has become a major source of economic value, contributing as much as $2 trillion to today's global economy. Sophisticated machine learning technology is driving this growth, but not everyone is investing…


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Digital Twins Grow Up

Digital Twins Grow Up

The idea of creating digital twins to simulate real-world systems isn't new, but the concept is advancing rapidly.


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A Breakthrough in Explainable AI

A Breakthrough in Explainable AI

Researchers create an artificial intelligence agent that explains its reasoning.


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Keeping Up With the Phone Hackers

Keeping Up With the Phone Hackers

The growing challenges to digital phone forensics.


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How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'

How Hospitals Are Using AI to Save Their Sickest Patients, Curb 'Alarm Fatigue'

Intensive care units are using artificial intelligence to save patients by helping staff respond faster.


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Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed

Julia: Come for the Syntax, Stay for the Speed

The open-source Julia language combines the speed of "compiled" languages such as Fortran and C with the interactivity and syntax of "scripting" languages such as Python, Matlab, and R.


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Smartphone Virus Scanner Is Not What You Think

Smartphone Virus Scanner Is Not What You Think

A new smartphone virus scanner could help medical professionals track the spread of diseases.


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In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch

In Search of a CRISPR Kill Switch

The benefits of genetic engineering tool CRISPR have been widely discussed. But what if something goes wrong?


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U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes

U.S. Issues Hacking Security Alert for Small Planes

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has issued a security advisory for small planes warning of a hacking exploit if someone physically accesses the aircraft.


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Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots

Stretchy Wearable Patch Allows Two-Way Communication with Robots

University of Houston researchers have developed a flexible wearable electronics patch that translates the wearer's movements and other instructions to a robot.


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CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out

CS Undergrads Most Likely to Drop Out

Researchers in the U.K. have found that 9.8% of computer science undergraduates dropped out before completing their degree.


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Novel Process to Study How Trees Affect Building Temperatures, Air Flow in Extreme Heat

Novel Process to Study How Trees Affect Building Temperatures, Air Flow in Extreme Heat

Iowa State University researchers  created a computational model to assess how tree shading and air flow affects building temperature in extreme heat.


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And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

And Now, a Bicycle Built for None

Researchers from Tsinghua University in China have developed a self-driving bicycle.


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I’m a Data Scientist Who is Skeptical About Data

I’m a Data Scientist Who is Skeptical About Data

"What does the data say?"


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Americans Have Become Much Less Positive About Tech Companies’ Impact on the U.S.

Americans Have Become Much Less Positive About Tech Companies’ Impact on the U.S.

Recent Pew Research Center surveys have found that the public has a number of criticisms of technology and social media companies.


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The Woman Who Taught Computers to Speak English

The Woman Who Taught Computers to Speak English

Curiosity often breeds innovation, which was precisely the case with Grace Murray Hopper.


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Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing

Northeastern University Launches National Program to Boost Number of Women Majoring in Computing

Northeastern University hopes to improve women's representation in technology with its newly established Center for Inclusive Computing.


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How Can You Reliably Spot a Fake Smile? Ask a Computer

How Can You Reliably Spot a Fake Smile? Ask a Computer

Researchers have developed software that can identify false facial expressions.


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Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind

Facebook Gets Closer to Letting You Type With Your Mind

Facebook is collaborating with academia to develop a non-invasive technique to type words onto a computer directly from a user's brain.


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Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities

Hackers Could Use Connected Cars to Gridlock Whole Cities

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have determined that hackers could target Internet-connected cars and freeze traffic, creating extremely disruptive gridlock in major cities.


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Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps

Facial Recognition Tech Comes to Schools, Summer Camps

Schools and summer camps throughout the U.S. are using facial recognition to bolster security and provide other services for campers and parents.


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VR to Solve Personal Problems

VR to Solve Personal Problems

Researchers used immersive virtual reality to study the effects of people talking to themselves as if they were another person.


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Learning to Look

Learning to Look

Researchers at the U.S. Department of Energy's Joint Genome Institute have developed an algorithm that could improve the accuracy of searches in microbial and metagenomic databases.


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Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Australia's Fastest Ever Supercomputer to Go Live in November

Fujitsu Australia will upgrade the power of Australia's fastest computer 10-fold by November.


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Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Mobile Malware Attacks are Booming in 2019: These are the Most Common Threats

Malware attacks against mobile devices, especially Android handsets, have ballooned this year.


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Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Toby Walsh, A.I. Expert, Is Racing to Stop the Killer Robots

Autonomous weapons, capable of acting without human oversight, are closer than we think, Walsh believes, and must be banned.


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What Makes a Robot Likable?

What Makes a Robot Likable?

Interactions with robotics teach us more about people.


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I Don't Understand My Car

I Don't Understand My Car

Self-driving cars will need good communication skills.


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The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

The Algorithm That Changed Quantum Machine Learning

A college student discovered a classical computing algorithm that experts overlooked. It promises to change both classical and quantum machine learning.

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