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August 2020


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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.

 


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How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?

How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?

AI tools are shaping next-generation theorem provers, and with them the relationship between math and machine.


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Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake

Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake

U.K. ocean-research nonprofit Promare will launch an autonomous boat next spring to retrace the trans-Atlantic journey of the Mayflower.


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Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Microsoft Windows and Android security evaluator AV Test's 2019/2020 Security Report found malware targeting Windows computers constituted 83.45% of all malware attacks in the first quarter of this year.


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QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women

QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women

An algorithm developed at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia can identify misogynistic content on Twitter with 75% accuracy.


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Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually

Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually

Washington, D.C., is the first U.S. city to test a system that transmits real-time information about curbside parking availability and space size to delivery drivers.


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Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic

Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic

Baltimore health officials are using a new computer system created by volunteer programmers to keep in touch with senior living facilities during crises like hurricanes and the current pandemic.


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Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, on Friday performed a live demonstration of a wireless interface in three pigs, allowing the animals' neural signals to be visualized in real time.


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Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides

Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides

Amazon on Thursday opened its first Fresh grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, featuring no checkout lines, smart shopping carts, and Alexa virtual assistant-powered guides.


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Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus

Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus

The Japanese town of Naganohara will test a consortium's autonomous amphibious bus in a trial beginning in December and running through March 2021.


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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.


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Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award

Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award

ACM has named Paul Mockapetris to receive the 2019 ACM Software System Award for his development of the Domain Name System.


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F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won

F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials," in which an artificial intelligence program easily beat a U.S. Air Force officer in a simulated dogfight.


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A Science Is Born

A Science Is Born

The "yeasty" times" when computer research grew at Harvard University, five decades ago.


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NSA and Cyber Command chief pledges muscular defense of November election

NSA and Cyber Command chief pledges muscular defense of November election

The preparations include sharing information with the Department of Homeland Security to help harden election systems against hacking, and with the FBI to help shut down disinformation operations.


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Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency

Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have created a new artificial intelligence technique that can help operators understand how to better handle power systems. T


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Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks

Researchers Develop Detection Method to Protect Army Networks

U.S. Army researchers have developed a novel algorithm which, they say, can protect networks by detecting suspicious activity missed by current analytical methods.


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Michigan Plans Dedicated Road Lanes for Autonomous Vehicles

Michigan Plans Dedicated Road Lanes for Autonomous Vehicles

The state of Michigan and private partners are planning to build or assign dedicated lanes for autonomous vehicles on a 40-mile section of highway between Detroit and Ann Arbor.


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Amazon's Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From Three Tech Companies

Amazon's Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From Three Tech Companies

Amazon's cloud unit announced a commercial service allowing millions of customers to tinker with early-stage quantum computing platforms from D-Wave System, IonQ, and Rigetti Computing.


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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps.


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Why Did We Go Digital?

Why Did We Go Digital?

Princeton University's Ken Steiglitz feels an attachment to the analog.


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Cosmic Rays May Soon Stymie Quantum Computing

Cosmic Rays May Soon Stymie Quantum Computing

Background radiation that is emitted by trace elements in concrete walls and incoming cosmic rays may be enough to cause decoherence in qubits.


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Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

Challenge to Scientists: Does Your Ten-Year-Old Code Still Run?

Missing documentation and obsolete environments force participants in the Ten Years Reproducibility Challenge to get creative.


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Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data

Machines can Spot Mental Health Issues—If you Hand Over your Personal Data

Digital diagnosis could transform psychiatry by mining your most intimate data for clues. But is the privacy cost worth it?


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U.S. Army Robo-Teammate Can Detect, Share 3D Changes in Real Time

U.S. Army Robo-Teammate Can Detect, Share 3D Changes in Real Time

U.S. Army researchers have shown that robots equipped with LiDAR can detect physical changes in their environment, and share that information in real time via augmented reality eyewear.


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Do Cloth Masks Work? Supercomputer Fugaku Says Yes

Do Cloth Masks Work? Supercomputer Fugaku Says Yes

Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, the world's fastest, was used to determine that nonwoven fabric masks block virus-laden respiratory droplets more effectively than cotton or polyester masks.


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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.


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Predicting the Lifespan of an App

Predicting the Lifespan of an App

Northwestern Polytechnical University researchers have developed a model for predicting the lifespan of an app.


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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

The deep-learning application makes more accurate decisions on behalf of banks experiencing network disruptions, Visa says.


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A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

A Dogfight Renews Concerns About AI's Lethal Potential

Alphabet's DeepMind pioneered reinforcement learning. A California company used it to create an algorithm that defeated an F-16 pilot in a simulation.

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