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January 2021


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Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses

Robot Delivers the Dough on College Campuses

Delivery robot manufacturer Starship Technologies recently expanded its robot-based food delivery services to two additional campuses.


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U.S. Leading Race in AI, with China Rising: Survey

U.S. Leading Race in AI, with China Rising: Survey

A study of 2020 data by the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation confirmed the U.S. leads the world in the development and use of artificial intelligence.


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Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe

Supercomputers Aid Scientists Studying the Smallest Particles in the Universe

A team of scientists used the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit supercomputer to measure quark interactions in hadrons.


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Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality

Estonia Leads World in Making Digital Voting Reality

Estonia's i-Voting online voting system was used to cast more than 40% of ballots in its March 2019 parliamentary elections.


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Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair

Shenoy Named ACM SIGEnergy Founding Chair

University of Massachusetts Amherst Distinguished Professor Prashant Shenoy has been named founding chair of the new ACM Special Interest Group on Energy (SIGENERGY).


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Apple CEO Sounds Warning of Algorithms Pushing Society Towards Catastrophe

Apple CEO Sounds Warning of Algorithms Pushing Society Towards Catastrophe

Tim Cook says there will be consequences to having 'rampant disinformation and conspiracy theories juiced by algorithms'.


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Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core

Microsoft Claims Breakthrough in Quantum Computing with Gooseberry Chip and Cryo-computing Core

The company says its new system is a leap ahead from previous technology.


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Approach to AI Offers More Certainty in the Face of Uncertainty

Approach to AI Offers More Certainty in the Face of Uncertainty

Researchers formulated a new artificial intelligence method for reasoning about uncertainty.


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Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data

Computational Tool Reliably Differentiates Between Cancer, Normal Cells From Single-Cell RNA-Sequencing Data

Researchers at The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center have developed a computational tool that can reliably distinguish between cancerous and normal cells in tumor samples.


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Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies

Bio-Inspired Robotics: Learning From Dragonflies

Scientists have decrypted the biomechanical function of the labial mask of dragonfly larvae, leading to a bio-inspired robot modeled after the same operating principle.


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It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems

It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems

Artificial intelligence makes it hard to tell when decision-making is biased.


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Helping NASA Return to the Moon

Helping NASA Return to the Moon

Charlie Blackwell-Thompson is the first woman to serve as launch director for the U.S. space agency.


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What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

What We Learned From Apple’s New Privacy Labels

Requiring that app makers list the data they collect reveals a lot about what some apps do with our information (ahem, WhatsApp) but creates confusion about others.


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LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

LAMBDA: The Ultimate Excel Worksheet Function

Lambda allows users to define new functions written in Excel's own formula language.


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Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells

Scientists Use Novel Ink to 3D-Print 'Bone' With Living Cells

A technology developed at Australia's University of New South Wales Sydney enables three-dimensional printers to print bone-like structures, complete with living cells.


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Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

Chess Engine Sacrifices Mastery to Mimic Human Play

A team of researchers has developed an artificial intelligence chess engine that is trained to play like, rather than beat, humans.


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Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

Researchers Propose Porcupine, a Compiler for Homomorphic Encryption

A synthesizing compiler for homomorphic encryption can translate a plain-text unencrypted codebase into encrypted code on the fly.


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When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News

When a Story is Breaking, AI Can Help Consumers Identify Fake News

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have determined that artificial intelligence can help assess news stories accurately, but only when a story is first emerging.


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Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

Battle of the Robots Still Favors Japan, Europe--For Now

China continues to be the biggest market for industrial robots, even though the market’s growth had been slowing prior to the pandemic, due to the U.S.-China trade war.


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Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Cybersecurity analysts are in great demand thanks to the surge in remote work due to the pandemic; hiring more women can help narrow the talent gap.


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They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

They Found a Way to Limit Big Tech’s Power: Using the Design of Bitcoin

Companies inspired by the cryptocurrency are creating social networks, storing online content and hosting websites without any central authority.


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AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey

AI Set to Replace Humans in Cybersecurity by 2030, Says Trend Micro Survey

In a survey of information technology leaders, 41% of respondents expect artificial intelligence to take over their roles by 2030.


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ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

ML Method Makes Better Predictions of Material Properties Using Low Quality Data

Nanoengineers have developed a new machine learning method that uses low-quality data to predict material properties with greater accuracy than existing models.


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MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab

MeitY Collaborates With Amazon to Set Up India's First Quantum Computing Lab

India's Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology said it is collaborating with Amazon Web Services to develop a Quantum Computing Applications Lab.


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'Are You Real?'

'Are You Real?'

An ecosystem is emerging for ‘digital human’ development.


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Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source Movement Opens New Open-source Organization

Ethical-source leaders are trying to find more support for their open-source approach by creating the Organization for Ethical Source.


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Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Finnish and Danish researchers have developed an algorithm that boosts diversity of exposure on social networks, while still ensuring widely shared content.


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Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?

Do Simulations Represent the Real World at the Atomic Scale?

Scientists have developed a validation protocol for simulations of the atomic structure of an interface between a solid metallic oxide and liquid water.


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DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records

DNSpooq Lets Attackers Poison DNS Cache Records

Researchers have uncovered seven vulnerabilities that affect Dnsmasq, a domain name system forwarding client for *NIX-based operating systems.


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How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

How to Train a Robot (Using AI and Supercomputers)

Computer scientists are using generative adversarial networks to train robots about objects.

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