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September 2018


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Many Adults Want to Reskill for Cybersecurity Careers

Many Adults Want to Reskill for Cybersecurity Careers

Many Americans are willing to consider returning to college to pursue a cybersecurity education, according to a recent Champlain College Online survey.


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Virtual Learning: ­sing AI, Immersion to Teach Chinese

Virtual Learning: ­sing AI, Immersion to Teach Chinese

A new artificial intelligence system relies on immersive scenes to teach students the Mandarin language.


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AI Helps Doctors ­se Data Better

AI Helps Doctors ­se Data Better

Using artificial intelligence to process medical sensor data can have a significant impact on health-related costs and outcomes.

 


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How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary

How Faking Videos Became Easy and Why That's So Scary

A minute-long video of Barack Obama has been seen more than 4.8 million times since April. It shows the former U.S. president seated, with the American flag in the background, speaking directly to the viewer and using an obscenity…


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How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

How Game Apps That Captivate Kids Have Been Collecting Their Data

Before Kim Slingerland downloaded the Fun Kid Racing app for her then-5-year-old son, Shane, she checked to make sure it was in the family section of the Google Play store and rated as age-appropriate.


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A ­W Professor Argued that Women Don’t Want to Code. What do Women Computer Scientists Have to Say?

A ­W Professor Argued that Women Don’t Want to Code. What do Women Computer Scientists Have to Say?

Six women computer scientists from the University of Washington respond to an essay about why women don't pursue computer science as often as men.


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For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things

For Safety’s Sake, We Must Slow Innovation in Internet-connected Things

That's the view of security expert Bruce Schneier, who fears lives will be lost in a cyber disaster unless governments act swiftly.


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The Causal Revolutionary

The Causal Revolutionary

Judea Pearl  is a computer scientist and philosopher, best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the development of Bayesian networks.


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How AI Changed Organ Donation in the ­.S.

How AI Changed Organ Donation in the ­.S.

Paired kidney donation is one of the great success stories of artificial intelligence.


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DARPA Announces $2 Billion in Funding for 'AI Next' Campaign

DARPA Announces $2 Billion in Funding for 'AI Next' Campaign

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency plans to spend more than $2 billion on research into "third wave" artificial intelligence capabilities.


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Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign

Role Models Tell Girls That STEM’s for Them in New Campaign

A public service as campaign called "She Can STEM" aims to encourage girls ages 11 to 15 to get involved in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).


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Dongarra Awarded 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering

Dongarra Awarded 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering

The University of Tennessee's Jack Dongarra has been named to receive the 2019 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and Engineering.


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A Cyborg Cockroach Could Someday Save Your Life

A Cyborg Cockroach Could Someday Save Your Life

University of Connecticut researchers have created a cyborg cockroach equipped with a novel microcircuit that allows more reliable and precise control of robotic insect motion.


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Robots Can Now Pick ­p Any Object After Inspecting It

Robots Can Now Pick ­p Any Object After Inspecting It

Dense Object Nets is a system that lets robots inspect random objects and visually understand them enough to accomplish specific tasks without having seen them previously.


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Does Technology Really Enhance Our Decision-Making Ability?

Does Technology Really Enhance Our Decision-Making Ability?

Researchers have determined that most people cannot distinguish between liking a user interface and making sound choices.


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Legacy of NASA's Dawn, Near the End of its Mission

Legacy of NASA's Dawn, Near the End of its Mission

NASA's Dawn mission is drawing to a close after 11 years of breaking new ground in planetary science, gathering breathtaking imagery, and performing unprecedented feats of spacecraft engineering.


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How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature

How AI Technology Can Tame the Scientific Literature

When computer scientist Christian Berger's team sought to get its project about self-driving vehicle algorithms on the road, it faced a daunting obstacle.


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Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM

Metallic Nanoparticles Come to the Rescue of DRAM

IIT Roorkee in India and Applied Materials have added metallic nanoparticles to dynamic RAM to eliminate row hammering data corruption in high-volume DRAM cells and the new memory products.


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AI Can Estimate an Area's Obesity Levels by Analyzing Its Buildings

AI Can Estimate an Area's Obesity Levels by Analyzing Its Buildings

Researchers at the University of Washington trained an artificial intelligence algorithm to find the relationship between a city's infrastructure and obesity levels using satellite and Google Street View images.


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Patent Mining Indicates Promising Routes for Research

Patent Mining Indicates Promising Routes for Research

Using big data tools such as data mining and network analysis, researchers at two entities affiliated with the University of Sao Paulo in Brazil devised a method to help scientists and companies identify promising areas of technological…


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Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

Hackers Can Steal a Tesla Model S in Seconds by Cloning Its Key Fob

Tesla has taken plenty of innovative steps to protect the driving systems of its kitted-out cars against digital attacks. It's hired top-notch security engineers, pushed over-the-internet software updates, and added code integrity…


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Bat-Inspired Robot ­ses Echolocation to Navigate

Bat-Inspired Robot ­ses Echolocation to Navigate

Researchers at Tel Aviv University have developed Robat, a fully autonomous robot that uses echolocation like a bat to move through new environments.


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AI Robots Can Develop Prejudices, Just Like ­s Mere Mortals

AI Robots Can Develop Prejudices, Just Like ­s Mere Mortals

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Cardiff University in the U.K. found that artificial intelligence bots can develop prejudices by learning from each other.


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Code.Org, CSTA Get Extra Computer Science Courses Through New Partnership

Code.Org, CSTA Get Extra Computer Science Courses Through New Partnership

Code.org and the Computer Science Teachers Association have partnered with Pluralsight to bring specially curated online course libraries to thousands of additional computer science students and teachers.


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Team Tackles Computer Science Diversity, Retention

Team Tackles Computer Science Diversity, Retention

University of Hawaii at Manoa researchers are using a $300,000 grant from the U.S. National Science Foundation to evaluate a new approach to improving student retention in undergraduate computer science education.

 

 


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Building Quantum Computers With Photons

Building Quantum Computers With Photons

Researchers at the National University of Defense Technology in China have built a photonic quantum processor, which generates and manipulates two photonically encoded quantum bits for universal two-qubit quantum computing.


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The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon Is Investing $2 Billion into Artificial Intelligence

The Pentagon's high-tech research agency laid the groundwork for the Internet, stealth aircraft and self-driving cars. Now, it's going big on artificial intelligence.


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Driver's Licenses Going Digital

Driver's Licenses Going Digital

Iowa plans to be the first U.S. state to replace hard-copy driver's licenses with an app.


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AI Can Recognize Images. But Can It ­nderstand This Headline?

AI Can Recognize Images. But Can It ­nderstand This Headline?

In 2012, artificial intelligence researchers revealed a big improvement in computers' ability to recognize images by feeding a neural network millions of labeled images from a database called ImageNet.


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Curiosity Surveys a Mystery ­nder Dusty Skies

Curiosity Surveys a Mystery ­nder Dusty Skies

After snagging a new rock sample on Aug. 9, NASA's Curiosity rover surveyed its surroundings on Mars, producing a 360-degree panorama of its current location on Vera Rubin Ridge.