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November 2019


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Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease

Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease

Efforts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a spate of vaping-related injuries and deaths required building a new data-collection system.


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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

A research study did not uncover any apparent political bias in the algorithm of the Google search engine.


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Tracking the Eye of the Pilot

Tracking the Eye of the Pilot

Researchers have developed and tested eye-tracking software for use in training pilots.


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Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers

Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers

Researchers have developed golf ball-sized robots designed to collect data as they float through pipes.


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Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Python Programming Language, AWS Skills Demand Exploding

Analysis of Indeed.com job search engine listings over the last five years found explosive growth in demand for skills in Python.


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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.


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Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk

Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk

They're happier in virtual fields than confined farms.


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With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche

With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche

Singapore has unveiled an effort to become a global leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.


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Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms

Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a continuum robot that achieves multi-scale motion and may allow previously impossible complex microsurgeries. 


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Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen

Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen

A Pew Research Center study found 75% of Americans desire greater government regulation of consumer data, while about an equal percentage doubt the government will hold companies accountable for misuse.


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Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI

Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI

Standards are seen as a way to eliminate bias and incorporate trustworthiness in artificial intelligence, even as the U.S. seeks to secure its lead in the field.


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NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’

NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "We didn't grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see any of these bots we'll send them packing."


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Older IT Workers Left Out Despite Tech Talent Shortage

Older IT Workers Left Out Despite Tech Talent Shortage

U.S. tech sector skews younger than the workforce as a whole, with the largest gap among employees 35 to 44.


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Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'

Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'

Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are working to slow the spread of maliciously doctored content, known as deepfakes, ahead of the 2020 election.


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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided by quantum computers.


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Supercomputers Simulate Solar Flares to Help Physicists Understand Magnetic Reconnection

Supercomputers Simulate Solar Flares to Help Physicists Understand Magnetic Reconnection

A team of researchers has developed a supercomputer simulation that successfully models a key part of a process that produces solar flares.


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Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes

Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes

Researchers have developed a highly efficient photogrammetric method that can turn aerial imagery into accurate three-dimensional (3D) surface maps in near-real time.


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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.


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Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Researchers at cybersecurity company Checkmarx reported flaws in the Google Assistant on Android devices that would allow hackers to take photos and videos without users' knowledge.


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IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over

IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over

"When you deliver an A.I. system ...every design choice, not just training data, can bring unconscious bias."


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Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?

Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?

Finding help can be a struggle for gamers who feel their playing has gotten out of control.


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Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell

Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell

A study by Cornell University researchers raises doubts about algorithms' ability to make fair decisions when screening potential hires.


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Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights

Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.


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White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative.


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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse it.


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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Researchers discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.


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Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

A new paper concludes that it takes more than four times as much energy to mine $1 of bitcoin as mining $1 of copper.


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Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans

Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans

A team of researchers found that human-robot interactions are more successful when the bots are able to hide their non-human identity.


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Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10

Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10

A pair of security researchers found vulnerabilities across multiple devices including an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and a Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.


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Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

The computational power needed to train AI models is doubling at a rate seven times faster than before.

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