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April 2019


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They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

They Asked AI to Create a New Game. One of Its First Ideas Involved Exploding Frisbees.

Design firm AKQA used artificial intelligence to create a new game that combines elements of rugby, croquet, soccer, and Ultimate Frisbee.


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Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart

Robotic Tube for Surgery Autonomously Navigates Inside a Beating Heart

Harvard Medical School researchers have developed a robotic catheter that can autonomously navigate inside a beating heart.


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How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans

How a Low-Code Platform Helped 911 Services in New Orleans

The Orleans Parish Communication District is using a low-code platform to automate certain tasks.


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Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices

Fitness Monitors, Smartwatches are Not Medical Devices

Manufacturers may blur the distinctions, but they're important.


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Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

Video Game Effort Could Help Regulate Future Drone Traffic

A new video game simulation uses a three-dimensional model of Salt Lake City and data about planned drone paths to determine potential problems.


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Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction

Apple Cracks Down on Apps That Fight iPhone Addiction

Over the past year, Apple has removed or restricted at least 11 of the 17 most downloaded screen-time and parental-control apps.


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How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

How Technology Could Revolutionize Refugee Resettlement

A new software program uses a matching algorithm to allocate refugees with no ties to the U.S. to their new homes.


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Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners

Filling in the Gaps of Connected Car Data Helps Transportation Planners

A researcher has developed a computational model that provides a more accurate representation of traffic in cities for more efficient and cost-effective urban planning.


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U.S. Airports Will Use AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years

U.S. Airports Will Use AI To Scan 97% Of Passengers' Faces Within 4 Years

U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to expand its Biometric Exit program to cover 97% of outbound air passengers within four years.


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Could Technology Protect Synagogues, Soft Targets from Mass Shootings?

Could Technology Protect Synagogues, Soft Targets from Mass Shootings?

Activists and business leaders are focusing on technological solutions that could prevent or limit the devastation of mass shootings, as political solutions have been nonexistent.


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Forget about Artificial Intelligence, Extended Intelligence is the Future

Forget about Artificial Intelligence, Extended Intelligence is the Future

We should challenge the cult of Singularity. Artificial Intelligence won't take over the world.


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Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Uses Leaked NSA Exploits to Spread Across Enterprise Networks

Cryptocurrency Mining Malware Uses Leaked NSA Exploits to Spread Across Enterprise Networks

Malware is being used to infiltrate corporate networks and hijack computers into running mining code to produce cryptocurrency.


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Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex

Retailers are testing in-store cameras designed to guess shoppers' ages and genders, to inform real-time advertisements on store video screens.


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In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity

In Australia, Hacked Lime Scooters Spew Racism, Profanity

Vandals hacked the audio files of scooters in Australia, to make them generate profanities and racist speech.


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Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints

Academics Hide Humans From Surveillance Cameras With 2D Prints

Researchers have developed a technique of using simple two-dimensional images to render wearers invisible to surveillance cameras.


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Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Impact on Computing Field

Leaders Recognized for Outstanding Impact on Computing Field

ACM has recognized four scientists with 2018 citing their longstanding contributions to advance computing's societal role.


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Coding as a Second Language

Coding as a Second Language

The Panasonic Foundation and the Hispanic Heritage Foundation are working together to launch four Code as a Second Language academies around the country.


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Need More Energy Storage? Just Hit 'Print'

Need More Energy Storage? Just Hit 'Print'

Researchers at Drexel University and Trinity College in Ireland have developed ink for an inkjet printer from a highly conductive two-dimensional material. 


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AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities

AI That Spots Inequality Could Monitor Living Conditions in Cities

Researchers have trained an artificial intelligence to detect inequalities in four U.K. cities using a combination of government statistics and images from Google Street View.


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Robots That Can Sort Recycling

Robots That Can Sort Recycling

A new robotic system can detect if an object is paper, metal, or plastic.


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Letting the Laboratory Drive

Letting the Laboratory Drive

A self-driving laboratory is a kind of robot scientist that uses sensors to become aware of its environment and artificial intelligence to autonomously make decisions.


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AI Visionary Nils Nilsson Dies

AI Visionary Nils Nilsson Dies

Respected AI pioneer and visionary Nils John Nilsson has passed away at age 86.


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Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality

Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality

The U.K. startup Scape provides a visual positioning service that uses global positioning systems and multiple camera images to localize users.


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Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults

Plans Launched to Boost Digital Skills for Adults

The U.K. government will offer free courses to thousands of adults to improve their digital skills.


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Geomagnetic Jerks Finally Reproduced, Explained

Geomagnetic Jerks Finally Reproduced, Explained

Researchers have created a computer model that explains anomalies in the Earth's magnetic field.

 


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Francine Berman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Francine Berman Elected to American Academy of Arts and Sciences

Francine Berman of the Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute has been elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.


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In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

In African Villages, These Phones Become Ultrasound Scanners

Doctors are using a hand-held ultrasound scanner to provide medical imaging to residents of remote African villages.


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Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World

Exhibition Explores Human Connection in a Virtual World

The University of Alberta has launched a multimedia art exhibit called "Dyscorpia: Future Intersections of the Body and Technology."


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The Robots That Manage the Managers

The Robots That Manage the Managers

New artificial intelligence-driven coaching apps and platforms aim to provide basic training in traditional supervisory skills such as delivering feedback and delegating work.


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IARPA Is Investing in AI That Constantly Analyzes Worldwide Satellite Images

IARPA Is Investing in AI That Constantly Analyzes Worldwide Satellite Images

The U.S. Intelligence Advanced Research Project Activity has released a draft solicitation for an analytics tool that can combine satellite images and detect human activity on the ground.

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