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October 2019


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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.


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Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award

Geoffrey Charles Fox Recognized with 2019 ACM/IEEE Computer Society Ken Kennedy Award

Fox was recognized for "foundational contributions to parallel computing methodology, algorithms and software, data analysis, and their interface with broad classes of applications, and mentoring students at minority-serving …


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UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Bulbs

UTSA Study Warns of Security Gaps in Smart Bulbs

Researchers found many popular smart-light brands have security holes and could be prime targets for hackers. 


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Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone apps. 


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Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Brondby Stadium of Copenhagen, Denmark, is using one of Europe's first large-scale private facial recognition systems to catch those banned from the stadium as troublemakers. 


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Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Researchers have created a robotic arm facilitating light, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback. 


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Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations. 


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UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 


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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

HireVue claims it uses artificial intelligence to decide who's best for a job. Outside experts call it 'profoundly disturbing.'


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Driving Hate from The Internet: Noble or Futile?

Driving Hate from The Internet: Noble or Futile?

Cracking down on those who post violent manifestos and other hateful content.


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Kirigami Sensor Patch for Shoulders Could Improve Injury Recovery, Athletic Training

Kirigami Sensor Patch for Shoulders Could Improve Injury Recovery, Athletic Training

University of Michigan researchers have designed a sensor-equipped shoulder patch that measures one's functional range of motion. 


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Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs

Oil, Gas Companies Turn to AI to Cut Costs

Oil and gas companies are investing in artificial intelligence to help automate operations, anticipate equipment malfunctions, boost fossil fuel production, and reduce costs. 


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Almost Two-Thirds of Workers Say They Would Trust a Robot Over Their Manager

Almost Two-Thirds of Workers Say They Would Trust a Robot Over Their Manager

As many as 64% of workers would trust a robot over their manager, according to a new study, while more than 50% say they have already turned to a robot for advice instead of their manager. 


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This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

This Guy Just Found a Faster Way to Multiply

Because the method you learned in middle school is ridiculously slow.


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The Lines of Code That Changed Everything

The Lines of Code That Changed Everything

Apollo 11, the JPEG, the first pop-up ad, and 33 other bits of software that have transformed our world.


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50 Years after Internet Conception, Dark Side Stirs Fear

50 Years after Internet Conception, Dark Side Stirs Fear

Kleinrock expressed particular interest in using blockchain technology to attach reputations to people or things online to provide a gauge of who or what to trust.


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Computer Models Show Clear Advantages in New Types of Wind Turbines

Computer Models Show Clear Advantages in New Types of Wind Turbines

Researchers used computer modeling of fluid dynamics to determine that wind turbines with four rotors on one foundation have advantages over other designs. 


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It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' belongings as it follows behind them. 


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Artificial Pancreas System Controls Blood Glucose Levels Better Than Current Technology

Artificial Pancreas System Controls Blood Glucose Levels Better Than Current Technology

A study funded by the U.S. National Institutes of Health detailed the clinical trial of an artificial pancreas system that automatically monitors and regulates blood glucose levels. 


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Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices

Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices

A new artificial skin-like interface can be used to augment devices like phones, wearables, and computers. 


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DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets

DeepMind AI Beats Humans at Deciphering Damaged Ancient Greek Tablets

Researchers at DeepMind trained an artificial intelligence algorithm to guess missing words or characters from Greek inscriptions up to 2,600 years old. 


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Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores

Silicon Valley Takes On Amazon's Cashierless 'Go' Stores

An area of San Francisco is emerging as a battleground to eliminate the traditional checkout process and reinvent the way consumers shop. 


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Mark Hurd, co-CEO of Oracle, Dies at 62

Mark Hurd, co-CEO of Oracle, Dies at 62

Hurd had taken a leave of absence from Oracle last month because of unspecified health reasons.


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Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks

Security Researchers Warn of Online Voting Risks

Security researchers warned Australia should not rely on any online voting system that lacks a thorough ballot-verification method, to ensure against fraudulent voting.


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Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store

Walmart, Mattel Lease 'Floors' in a Virtual Toy Store

Toy company Mattel and retailer Walmart are "leasing floors" in a virtual store.


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Bug in Python Script May Have Affected Hundreds of Studies

Bug in Python Script May Have Affected Hundreds of Studies

A coding error in a set of Python scripts often used for computational analysis of chemistry data yielded significantly different outcomes, depending on which operating system was used.


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Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records

Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records

A bicycle designed by a software applicaiton helped two competitors set the women's and men's world records for fastest human-powered vehicle last month.


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California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California has launched the first statewide earthquake warning system in the U.S.


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Researchers Use AI to Find Patterns Among Multitude of People, Cells

Researchers Use AI to Find Patterns Among Multitude of People, Cells

Researchers have developed a method of leveraging artificial intelligence neural networks to reveal larger patterns of activity of individual cells that come from several individuals.


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App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You

App Helps You Learn About China, While China Learns All About You

Researchers in Germany and Australia found China is using a widely downloaded mobile app and translation service to siphon billions of pieces of information on users.