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May 2019


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Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online

Google Will Give ­sers More Control Over Who Tracks Them Online

Google is modifying its Chrome Web browser to give users more control over parties who track their online habits.


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Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming ­nusual Hotbeds of Innovation

Drones in Aisle 5? Grocery Stores Becoming ­nusual Hotbeds of Innovation

Texas-based data subscription service Pensa has created a drone and its underlying artificial intelligence (AI) to enhance grocery operations.


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Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections

Microsoft Offers Software Tools to Secure Elections

Microsoft is working with Galois to develop open source software to secure elections.


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Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity

Show Your Hands: Smartwatches Sense Hand Activity

Researchers now can determine when a standard smartwatch wearer is typing on a keyboard, washing dishes, petting a dog, pouring from a pitcher, or cutting with scissors.


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Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?

Why Is This Ostrich Wearing an Extra Set of Wings?

Researchers used robotic technology and young ostriches wearing artificial wings to gain insight into how a dinosaur's running gait may have caused its wings to flap.


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Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs

Making a 'To Do' List for Trauma Docs

Researchers have created and implemented the first digital procedural checklist for trauma centers.


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What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn's Storms

What Deep Learning Reveals About Saturn's Storms

Researchers have developed a deep learning approach that identifies and maps the components and features in turbulent regions of Saturn's atmosphere.


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Genetic Testing Has a Data Problem. New Software Can Help.

Genetic Testing Has a Data Problem. New Software Can Help.

Researchers at Purdue University have developed a new tool designed to process data too large to fit on a computer's main memory at one time.


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A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A Programmer Solved a 20-Year-Old, Forgotten Crypto Puzzle

A self-taught Belgian programmer has solved a puzzle required to open a 1999 time capsule at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


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Prototyping Faster with Laser Cutters

Prototyping Faster with Laser Cutters

Laser cutting tools could outperform three-dimensional printers at prototyping stretchables, wearables.


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The Microbots Are on Their Way

The Microbots Are on Their Way

A researcher at the University of Pennsylvania has developed tiny robots, thousands of which can fit side by side on a single silicon wafer.


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White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards

White House Kicks Off Effort to Develop AI Standards

The White House Office of Science and Technology has launched a request for information seeking insight into developing standards around artificial intelligence.


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Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing

Major New Initiative to Encourage Girls into Computing

The Gender Balance in Computing initiative will use a "range of tailored interventions" to encourage more young women to enter science, technology, engineering, and math fields.


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­Unhackable: New Chip Stops Attacks Before They Start

­Unhackable: New Chip Stops Attacks Before They Start

A new computer chip architecture could enable proactive defense against cyberthreats.


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China's Mass Surveillance More Sophisticated Than Thought

China's Mass Surveillance More Sophisticated Than Thought

Some of China's biggest technology companies are helping the government operate a mass surveillance system.


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For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

For Lower-Paid Workers, the Robot Overlords Have Arrived

Companies like Amazon are using software to monitor employee productivity and terminate underperforming workers.


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Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution

Jennifer Rexford Talks to ‘She Roars’ Podcast about Partnering with Google, Computer Science’s Revolution

Jennifer Rexford, Class of 1991 and chair of Princeton's computer science department, discusses the computational whirlwind that has transformed almost every walk of life and has even reshaped the fundamentals of a university…


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Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?

Oregon's a Testing Ground for Amazon's Facial Recognition Policing, But What if Rekognition Gets it Wrong?

Police in Washington County, OR, have used a facial-recognition algorithm from Amazon to publicly test new surveillance techniques for more than a year.


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Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech

Distracted by Tech While Driving? The Answer May Be More Tech

Advanced driver-assistance technologies can help prevent accidents caused by distracted driving.


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Patterns of Compulsive Smartphone ­se Suggest How to Kick the Habit

Patterns of Compulsive Smartphone ­se Suggest How to Kick the Habit

A study to determine why people compulsively check their phones found a series of triggers, common across age groups, that start and end habitual smartphone use.


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Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Early Warning System Predicts Risk of Online Students Dropping Out

Researchers in Spain have developed a predictive modeling system for personalized student dropout rates.


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Be Wary of Robot Emotions

Be Wary of Robot Emotions

Humans often anthropomorphize robots, which designers concede can be exploited for both connection and manipulation.


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Dreams of ­biquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True

Dreams of ­biquitous Social Robots Still Aren't Coming True

The closure of consumer robotics firms previously considered potentially game-changing has diminished industry prospects of social robots eventually achieving mainstream acceptance.


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Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Improving Security as AI Moves to Smartphones

Researchers suggest the vulnerability of compressed, or quantized, artificial intelligence models to adversarial attack could be remedied by adding a mathematical constraint


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Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency

Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency

U.K. automaker Jaguar Land Rover is testing software that will allow drivers of its vehicles to earn virtual currency as an incentive for sharing data.


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Addressing Quantum Error Correction

Addressing Quantum Error Correction

Seeking to prevent premature decoherence of qubits.


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Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class

Girls Outscore Boys on Tech, Engineering, Even Without Class

U.S. eighth graders in 2019 did significantly better in school compared to 2014, especially among students who are white, black, Asian, or low-income.


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Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman

Drone Delivers Kidney to Maryland Woman

An aerial drone recently was used to deliver a kidney for implantation into a Maryland woman.


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Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals

Facial Recognition Software Meets Its Match: Barnyard Animals

Attempts to identify barnyard animals via facial recognition are complicated by the software's difficulty in distinguishing between animals.


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Partnership on AI: Algorithms Aren't Ready to Automate Pretrial Bail Hearings

Partnership on AI: Algorithms Aren't Ready to Automate Pretrial Bail Hearings

The Partnership on AI has released a report declaring the algorithms now in use to automate the pre-trial bail process unfit to do so.