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May 2019


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DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too

DeepMind Can Now Beat Us at Multiplayer Games, Too

Researchers have developed automated "agents" that display humanlike behavior when playing in capture-the-flag mode in the Quake III multiplayer computer game.


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SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring

SlothBot Takes Leisurely Approach to Environmental Monitoring

A new environmental monitoring robot measures chemical and climate-related changes in forest canopies, and is powered by photovoltaic panels to operate for months at a time.


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What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?

What Do Dating Technology and Alzheimer's Have in Common?

Researchers have developed a method of teaching a computer to detect an indicator of Alzheimer's disease in human brain tissue.


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Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Apple, Google, WhatsApp Condemn British Spy Agency Proposal to Access Encrypted Messages

Leading technology organizations have criticized an intelligence proposal by the U.K. Government Communications Headquarters to let law enforcement to spy on encrypted messages.


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Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

Computing Professionals: Leave Internet Connectivity Out of Voting Machine Guidelines

ACM has asked the U.S. Election Assistance Commission to prohibit Internet connections from all voting equipment under an updated set of voluntary guidelines.


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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Stepping into a charged social issue, Silicon Valley tech giant Salesforce.com has asked retailers to stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using its software.


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China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to U.S. Threats

China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to U.S. Threats

China is stepping up efforts to design and manufacture semiconductors, but self-sufficiency is a long way off .


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Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia

Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia

Researchers have developed an immersive experience that brings users into the world of a fictitious Internet of Things start-up.


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Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China

Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China

Chinese startup Neolix has initiated mass production of self-driving delivery vehicles.


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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.


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Hospital System Uses AI to Predict Deadly Condition

Hospital System Uses AI to Predict Deadly Condition

The Montefiore Health System and its affiliated medical school in New York are employing artificial intelligence to predict a common respiratory malady among patients.


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Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes

Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes

How Web designers develop sites to ensure the colorblind can perceive them.


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Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps

Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps

A new shape-shifting drone flies, and can transform into a car once it touches down.


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Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Team Acrobot, an all-girls robotics team from Ghana, won the 20th edition of the World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield, MI.


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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds.


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'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'

'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'

Researchers have created artificial intelligence-animated portraits of the Mona Lisa as digitally modified images or "deepfakes."


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In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

Ransomware that has frozen thousands of computers in Baltimore and crippled many city services contains a key element developed by the U.S. National Security Agency.


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OECD Members, Including U.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer

OECD Members, Including U.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer

More than 40 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are supporting principles to improve the transparency of artificial intelligence.


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These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory

These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory

New material provides a fuller, fairer account of the birth of chaos.


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Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health

Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health

Researchers at Comcast are developing an in-home device to monitor people's basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with plans of launching a pilot test later this year.


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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.
 


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Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn new tasks, while "forgetting" less of what they learned during…


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NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities

NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has initiated the last stage of a four-year project to develop a national drone traffic management system.


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Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots

Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots

Researchers at Ford are working to incorporate into the company’s driverless delivery system an android capable of carrying a 40-pound load.


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Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

Computerized Model Reveals Details Of How Human Cells Divide

Researchers at the Allen Institute have developed a visualization of human cell division suitable for professional scientists and inquisitive amateurs.


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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.


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5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

5G Networks Could Throw Weather Forecasting Into Chaos

U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration officials are concerned that 5G wireless phones could interfere with weather forecasts.


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Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived

Using Computer Simulations to Discover Where Neanderthals Lived

Researchers used computer models to identify the locations of Western European Neanderthal settlements.


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GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

GM Gives All Its Vehicles a New Soul

A new electronic platform from General Motors is envisioned as the linchpin of the automaker's future, enabling the function of almost all its cars' digital systems.


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As Huawei Loses Google, U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

As Huawei Loses Google, U.S.-China Tech Cold War Gets Its Iron Curtain

Google's plan to limit the software services it provides Chinese telecommunication giant Huawei is expected to accelerate the isolation of China's Internet users.

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