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May 2020


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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.


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States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges

States Plead for Cybersecurity Funds as Hacking Threat Surges

Cash-strapped state and local governments are looking to Congress for funds to improve cybersecurity.


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Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona Sues Google Over Allegations It Illegally Tracked Android Smartphone Users' Locations

Arizona has filed a lawsuit against Google for allegedly monitoring the locations of Android smartphone users even when such features purportedly were disabled,


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Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best

Programming Languages: Developers Reveal What They Love, Loathe, and What Pays Best

A survey of developers found that that TypeScript has overtaken Python as the second most-preferred programming language.


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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.


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Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

Cellphone Data Helps Track Mobility Patterns During Social Distancing

Researchers in Colorado used cellphone data to estimate how much Colorado residents have changed their behavior since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.


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Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft plans to launch a version of its cloud-based software to meet the needs of healthcare organizations.


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Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology

Verifying, Validating the Clinical Usefulness of Wearable Technology

An international team of engineers and researchers created a framework to assess and document the clinical usefulness of wearable computing devices.


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Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis

Technology Aids 911 Centers During COVID-19 Crisis

Dispatchers and first responders are using technology like live video streams, text messaging, and crowdsourced data to help 911 centers during the COVID-19 pandemic. E


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Teaming Up with Artificial Intelligence

Teaming Up with Artificial Intelligence

What makes a human-AI dream team?


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Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance

Artificial Intelligence Is Driving A Silicon Renaissance

Artificial intelligence has ushered in a new golden age of semiconductor innovation.


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China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears

China’s Virus Apps May Outlast the Outbreak, Stirring Privacy Fears

With the disease there mostly under control, officials are looking for new uses for the government software that's now on many phones.


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Scanning the Skies for Danger

Scanning the Skies for Danger

Finding dangerous asteroids by reverse-engineering their orbits.


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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.


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Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid

Smartphone App to Help Assess Anemia by Taking Picture of a Person's Eyelid

New software allows medical staff to obtain a patient’s hemoglobin count in real time by capturing an image of the patient's inner eyelid with a smartphone.


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Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Supercomputer Model Simulations Reveal Cause of Neanderthal Extinction

Supercomputer models determined that competition between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens was likely responsible for the former's extinction in Eurasia.


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Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit

Israeli Researchers Stop Cyberattacks with Discovery of Major DDoS Exploit

Researchers at Tel Aviv University and the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya discovered a previously unknown Distributed Denial of Service exploit.


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Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat

Wearable Sensor Tracks Vitamin C Levels in Sweat

Researchers developed a new wearable sensor that monitors vitamin C levels in perspiration.


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Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions

Fashion Turns to Technology to Tailor Sustainable Solutions

The fashion industry is seeking technological solutions to the growing problem of unwanted textiles through tailored apparel.


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Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip

Australian Researchers Record World's Fastest Internet Speed from Single Optical Chip

Researchers in Australia recorded the world's fastest Internet data speed from a single optical chip: 44.2 terabits per second.
 


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Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Yoshua Bengio and Collaborators Unveil the Name of Their COVID-19 Tracing Application, Launch a White Paper

Bengio was co-recipient of the 2018 A.M. Turing Prize, considered the "Nobel Prize of Computer Science." In 2020, he was elected by his peers to The Royal Society.


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ACM Honors Computing Innovators for Advances in Research, Education, Industry

ACM Honors Computing Innovators for Advances in Research, Education, Industry

ACM has named leading innovators to receive three prestigious awards for their contributions to research, education, and industry.


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Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Engineers Develop Low-Cost, High-Accuracy System for Flexible Medical Robots

Roboticists developed a low-cost system to track the location of flexible surgical robots operating inside the human body.


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Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight

Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight

A new spherical visual sensor mimics the structure of the human eye.


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Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Comedy Club Performances Provide Insights on How Robots, Humans Connect via Humor

Two studies evaluated a robot comedian's performance at comedy clubs to gather data to enable more effective robot-human interplay through humor.


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White House Panel: Build New Tech Infrastructure for Future Jobs

White House Panel: Build New Tech Infrastructure for Future Jobs

The White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board has called on the U.S. government and private industry to collaboratively build a technological infrastructure to support future jobs.


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Prepare to be Tracked and Tested as You Return to Work

Prepare to be Tracked and Tested as You Return to Work

Many reopening businesses will ask workers to take coronavirus tests, report symptoms, don masks, wear dongles, and work under the gaze of new sensors and cameras.


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A New Class of AI Ethics

A New Class of AI Ethics

The ethics of artificial intelligence is increasingly part of school curricula. Will it lead to a better world?


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Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Alabama, North Dakota, South Carolina to Debut Apple/Google’s Covid-19 Contact Tracing

Apple and Google released software on Wednesday that will allow public health agencies around the world to build their own apps to track who may have been exposed to Covid-19.


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Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats

Google Inks Deal with Defense Department to Help Respond to Cyberthreats

The contract is for "seven figures," Google says.

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