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January 2019


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Want to Squelch Fake News? Let Readers Take Charge

Want to Squelch Fake News? Let Readers Take Charge

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers demonstrated that crowdsourced judgments about the quality of news sources can marginalize online misinformation.


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Amazon Open Sources SageMaker Neo to Run Machine Learning Models at the Edge

Amazon Open Sources SageMaker Neo to Run Machine Learning Models at the Edge

Amazon has launched a new open source project that aims to optimize the performance of machine learning models for numerous platforms.


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Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers

Inside Google's Team Fighting to Keep Your Data Safe From Hackers

Google's Threat Analysis Group is an in-house counterespionage unit committed to keeping sensitive online information safe from hackers and spies.


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Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App

Apple, Aetna Team ­p on New Healthcare App

Apple and U.S. insurance firm Aetna have partnered on a new Apple Watch application, through which users can access detailed health records.


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Crawling Inside Hard Drives

Crawling Inside Hard Drives

Digital forensics seeks evidence in stored digital information; it's not as easy as it sounds.


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Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds

Researchers Take Step Closer to Creating Tech That Can Read Minds

Columbia University researchers have developed a system that can produce intelligible synthetic speech through computer processing of human brain activity.


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Facebook ­nveils Plans for Preventing Spread of Misinformation Ahead of Elections Worldwide

Facebook ­nveils Plans for Preventing Spread of Misinformation Ahead of Elections Worldwide

Facebook has announced plans to prevent the spread of misinformation and add transparency to political and issue advertising.


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Iran Inches Closer to ­nveiling State-Backed Cryptocurrency

Iran Inches Closer to ­nveiling State-Backed Cryptocurrency

Iran is moving toward launching a state-backed cryptocurrency.


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Radar Technology ­sed to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads

Radar Technology ­sed to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads

A new smart sensing technology  could help spread grit and salt on icy roads more efficiently.


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The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind

The Pentagon's Cybersecurity Is Falling Behind

The Pentagon warns the U.S. military's cybersecurity capabilities are not advancing with sufficient speed to head off an "onslaught of multipronged" attacks by adversaries.


From ACM Careers

We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next

We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next

A study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end.


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Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies

Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies

Researchers have discovered two security flaws that impact 26 Proof of Stake cryptocurrencies.


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Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code

Meet the Bots That Review and Write Snippets of Facebook's Code

Facebook is using two automated tools to find and repair low-level bugs in its mobile apps.


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AI Teaches Robots to Walk by Creating Custom Obstacle Courses

AI Teaches Robots to Walk by Creating Custom Obstacle Courses

Uber AI Labs researchers have designed an algorithm that organizes its own curriculum for teaching simulated robots to walk on uneven ground without falling.


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Rogue Drone Pilots Face A New Foe: Deep Learning AI

Rogue Drone Pilots Face A New Foe: Deep Learning AI

A growing number of counter-drone systems look to overwhelm rogue drones, and find their pilots.


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New Horizons' Newest and Best-Yet View of ­ltima Thule

New Horizons' Newest and Best-Yet View of ­ltima Thule

The wonders–and mysteries–of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 continue to multiply as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft beams home new images of its New Year's Day 2019 flyby target.


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Identifying Artificial Intelligence 'Blind Spots'

Identifying Artificial Intelligence 'Blind Spots'

A novel model developed by MIT and Microsoft researchers identifies instances in which autonomous systems have "learned" from training examples that don't match what's actually happening in the real world.


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Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars

Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have begun transmitting a new set of commands to the Opportunity rover in an attempt to compel the 15-year-old Martian explorer to contact Earth.


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Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

A prototype self-driving air taxi from Boeing's research and development unit completed its first flight in Manassas, VA, last week.


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Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Curriculum

Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Curriculum

Harvard University researchers hope to make ethical considerations a key component of computer science education.


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Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019

Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019

Cybersecurity professionals are in short supply, presenting a serious problem as a wave of cyber-attacks is expected this year.


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At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.


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Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM

Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM

A U.K-based campaign for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics gender equity has called on the sector to break down negative stereotypes that put girls off science careers.


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World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

Several world leaders urged global technology regulation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.


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Huawei Is Blocked in ­.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Huawei Is Blocked in ­.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Pelco, a California-based security camera maker, set lofty sales targets last year for a model with sharper video resolution and other cutting-edge features. That was until Congress derailed its plans.


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2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize

2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize

Ola Svensson, of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, will receive the 2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize.


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'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover

'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover

NASA's Opportunity rover began its 15th year on Mars this week, although the intrepid robotic explorer may already be dead.


From ACM Careers

How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent

How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent

The US Federal government is in the midst of the longest gap in funding for many of its agencies in history. As the "shutdown" extends into a second month, the economic impact is mounting for federal workers—including civil servants…


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George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots

George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots

George Mason University students will soon have a fleet of 25 autonomous wheeled robots delivering meals to them across campus.


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Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk

Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk

The Brookings Institution has determined that about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation.

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