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July 2020


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Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

Volunteer Hacker Army Boosts U.S. Election Cybersecurity

A University of Chicago program aims to strengthen U.S. election security by enlisting volunteer experts to aid local election officials.


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IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing

IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing

IBM has launched a research partnership with Japanese industry and academia to expedite quantum computing innovations.


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AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios

AR Tool Shown to Help Surgeons Remotely Guide First Responders in Battlefield-Like Scenarios

Researchers developed and tested an augmented reality headset that helps surgeons remotely guide medics through performing surgery in simulated war zones.


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Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended

Programming Language, Tool Ensure Code Will Compute as Intended

A multi-institutional team of researchers has published Armada, a coding language and tool for high-performance concurrent programs that ensure code is mathematically proven to compute as intended.


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NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars

NASA Launched Its New Perseverance Rover to Mars

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration on Thursday launched its new Mars rover, Perseverance.


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A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?

A Speed Bump on the Road to 5G?

The impact of the coronavirus lockdown on the buildout of 5G networks appears to have been minimal.


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AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?

AI Is All the Rage. So Why Aren’t More Businesses Using It?

A big study by the U.S. Census Bureau finds that only about 9% of firms employ tools like machine learning or voice recognition—for now.


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Data Scientists Are Used to Making Up the Rules. Now They're Getting Some of Their Own to Follow.

Data Scientists Are Used to Making Up the Rules. Now They're Getting Some of Their Own to Follow.

The U.K.'s British Computer Society, Royal Statistical Society, and Royal Academy of Engineering have joined forces to develop industry-wide professional standards in data science.


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Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Laser Inversion Enables Multi-Materials 3D Printing

Columbia Engineering researchers have created a technique that could enable multi-materials manufacturing by three-dimensional printing.


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Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins

Machine Learning Reveals Recipe for Building Artificial Proteins

Researchers at the University of Chicago's Pritzker School of Molecular Engineering (PME) have created a process that uses big data to design new proteins.


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Doing Something About the Weather

Doing Something About the Weather

Computer scientists commit to climate action.


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How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It

How the Coronavirus Pandemic Is Breaking Artificial Intelligence and How to Fix It

Among the many things the coronavirus outbreak has highlighted is how fragile our artificial intelligence systems are. We need new approaches to ensure our AI systems remain robust.


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Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers

Engineers Built “Giant Atoms” That Enhance Quantum Computers

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers hope their giant atoms lead to a simpler, enhanced form of quantum computers.


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U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home

U.S. Computer Sales Spiked in the Rush to Work From Home

Computer makers were caught off guard by the huge surge in demand for laptops, with many retailers and distributors struggling to keep up during the early period of the pandemic.


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Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

Ford will use two of Boston Dynamics' Spot robots to help the automaker update the original engineering plans of a transmission manufacturing plant, as a pilot program.


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Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny

Police Requests for Google Users' Location Histories Face New Scrutiny

Police use of "geofence" warrants is being disputed by criminal defendants in Virginia and San Francisco, and could be banned by lawmakers in New York.


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How AI Systems Use Mad Libs to Teach Themselves Grammar

How AI Systems Use Mad Libs to Teach Themselves Grammar

Artificial intelligence researchers at Stanford University have found that advanced AI systems can work out linguistic principles like grammar by themselves.


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Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts

Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts

A new smart technology can help utilities better serve communities struck by outages.


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Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic

Technology Infuses Ancient Hajj Rites Tailored for Pandemic

A small number of devout Muslims are being allowed to participate in the pilgrimage (hajj) to Mecca this year, tailored for the coronavirus pandemic with the latest technology.


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Black Tech Professionals Still Paid Less Than Their White Colleagues

Black Tech Professionals Still Paid Less Than Their White Colleagues

Job search firm Hired estimates black technology professionals last year were offered an average yearly wage of $10,000 less than white workers, a minor improvement over the 2018 gap of $11,000.


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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."


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Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19

Study: Twitter Mirrors Our Attitudes, Feelings About Covid-19

University of Rochester researchers mined Twitter messages to gauge public attitudes and feelings about the Covid-19 pandemic.


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Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers' AI System Strips Identifiable Attributes Like Gender From Speech Recordings

Researchers have proposed a technique that can remove attributes like gender from speech data to protect sensitive information.


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NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'

NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated the third round of reviewing algorithms submitted to form the core of the first post-quantum cryptography standard.


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Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Face Masks are Thwarting Even the Best Facial Recognition Algorithms, Study Finds

Researchers from the U.S. National Institute of Scence and Technology found that face masks are causing facial recognition algorithms to fail as much as 50% of the time.


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The Impact of AI on Organizations

The Impact of AI on Organizations

Implementing artificial intelligence through the looking glass of digital anthropology.


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Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away

Remote Work is the New Normal, but the Tech Problems Won't Go Away

A new study finds that while many businesses successfully switched to telecommuting overnight, some serious fine-tuning is needed if WFH is to become permanent.


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Robot Usage is Soaring During Pandemic

Robot Usage is Soaring During  Pandemic

Conditions are ideal for a massive adoption boost to robotic and software automation technologies.


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Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Google Promises Privacy with Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Despite Google's promise that its smartphone software does not track user locations, governments were surprised to learn location-setting must be active for the software to work with Android phones.


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'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing

'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing

Purdue University engineers have developed a quantum random walk method that could eventually allow computers to sift through data at incredibly fast speeds.

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