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September 2020


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Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies

Hackers Infiltrated Many Washington State Agencies

At least 13 of Washington State's departments and commissions reportedly have been hit by a sophisticated malware attack.


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Parents Think Computer Science Education Is Important

Parents Think Computer Science Education Is Important

A study by Google and Gallup found two-thirds of parents and guardians of U.S. students in grades seven through 12 consider computer science important or very important for their children to learn.


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3D Biometric Authentication Based on Finger Veins Almost Impossible to Fool

3D Biometric Authentication Based on Finger Veins Almost Impossible to Fool

Researchers have developed a three-dimensional biometric authentication methodology based on the veins in  one's fingers.


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Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds

Half of Young Women Will Leave Their Tech Job by Age 35, Study Finds

A study found that half of young women who enter the tech workforce exit it by age 35.


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Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert

Drone Carries Human Kidney Over Las Vegas Desert

Researchers last week announced successful test flights of drones carrying a human organ and tissue in Las Vegas.


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Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments

Amsterdam, Helsinki Launch Algorithm Registries to Bring Transparency to Public AI Deployments

The cities of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and Helsinki, Finland, have launched beta versions of artificial intelligence registries.


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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images

AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images

An artist used machine learning to create the photorealistic portraits.


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Your Favorite AI Language Tool is Toxic

Your Favorite AI Language Tool is Toxic

A new research paper by the Allen Institute for AI  says  pretrained language models  "are prone to generating racist, sexist, or otherwise toxic language, which hinders their safe deployment."


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AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance

AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance

Rutgers University researchers have trained a camera-linked artificial intelligence to read the tactile properties of an object when presented with a photograph or s series of images of it.


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These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company

These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company

Experts warn that smart Internet of Things devices could threaten entire businesses, with a Palo Alto Networks survey finding more devices connecting to business networks over the last year.


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3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China developed a micro robot that could take advantage of three-dimensional printing technology to lay down new tissues directly inside the human body.


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Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions

Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions

Eyeing the latest solutions in quantum computing.


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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.


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DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield

DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield

The Department of Justice proposed new legislation last week to reform a key legal liability shield for the tech industry known as Section 230.


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Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint

Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint

A small study shows artificial intelligence can pick out individuals with coronavirus infections, but ophthalmologists and AI experts say the approach is far from proven to be capable of distinguishing infections with SARS-CoV…


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These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter

These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter

Models are learning how to generate images from captions, a sign that they're getting better at understanding our world.


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Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Georgia election officials say they found a programming error on the state's voting touchscreens that caused a column of candidates in the U.S. Senate special election to vanish when flipping back and forth between screens.


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Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station

Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station

Robots have been deployed at the St. Pancras International train station in London to kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet (UV) light.


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This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties

This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties

More than $44.75 million in bounties was awarded to hackers worldwide over the past year, up 86% year-on-year, according to HackerOne.


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Trump Administration Signs AI R&D Agreement With the U.K.

Trump Administration Signs AI R&D Agreement With the U.K.

The Trump administration announced a research and development agreement on artificial intelligence with the U.K., designed to advance cooperation on development and priorities for AI planning and programming.


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Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science

Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge have developed a method that builds automatic databases using natural language processing and high-performance computing.


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Durable, Dense, and Efficient: The Promise of DNA Data Storage

Durable, Dense, and Efficient: The Promise of DNA Data Storage

Is DNA the future of data storage?


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5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts

5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that expedite cellphone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts.


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Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says an unnamed federal agency has been the victim of a cyberattack in which a hacker accessed its network.


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High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming

High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming

New technologies aim to make it easier to determine whether companies are honoring their commitments regarding responsible land use, emissions reductions, and human rights.


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Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning

Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning

Researchers developed a deep learning algorithm that enabled a curling robot to beat human players.


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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.


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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.


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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone startups increasingly are being targeted by venture investors, due to expected growth in the sector amid technological advancements and federal approvals.


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Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?

Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?

Zerologon lets anyone with a network toehold obtain the domain-controller password.

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