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September 2021


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DNA-Based Chip Can Be Programmed to Solve Complex Math Problems

DNA-Based Chip Can Be Programmed to Solve Complex Math Problems

Scientists at South Korea's Incheon National University have automated mathematical DNA calculations via a personal computer-controlled chip.


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Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening

Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening

Many researchers are trying to train artificial intelligence to enable smartphones to analyze patterns in a person’s coughs.


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AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges

AI Can Detect Deepfake Face Because Its Pupils Have Jagged Edges

A computer model developed by researchers at New York’s University of Albany can determine whether an image of a face is a deepfake by examining its pupils.


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A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A research paper that dubs some artificial intelligence models "foundational" is sparking a dispute over the future of the field.


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ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews

ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews

The union specifically highlighted the efforts to develop ships guided by satellites, onboard sensors, and artificial intelligence.


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The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data

The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data

A new type of ransomware attack involves cybercriminals stealing sensitive data and threatening to publish it online if the victim does not pay a hefty ransom.


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Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Service sector jobs increasingly are being automated amid the pandemic, as companies navigate worker shortages and higher labor costs.


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Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of the most popular, use astonishing amounts of electricity.


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Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.

Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.

A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse.


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GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do

GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do

Geoffrey Hinton wants to design neural networks so they have different ways of seeing the same thing.


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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.


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In the U.S., the AI Industry Risks Becoming Winner-Take-Most

In the U.S., the AI Industry Risks Becoming Winner-Take-Most

A new study illustrates just how geographically concentrated AI activity has become.


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The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines

The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines

Advances in technology will soon allow us to build machines that replicate themselves and evolve like living beings.


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Atomically-Thin, Twisted Graphene Has Unique Properties That Could Advance Quantum Computing

Atomically-Thin, Twisted Graphene Has Unique Properties That Could Advance Quantum Computing

The researchers' findings could lead to advances in the design of future quantum computing platforms.


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Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward

Programming Languages: Python is on the Verge of Another Big Step Forward

Python could soon take first place in one more programming language popularity ranking.


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Almost No One Encrypts Their Emails Because It Is Too Much of a Hassle

Almost No One Encrypts Their Emails Because It Is Too Much of a Hassle

A study of 81 million email messages sent from January 1994 to July 2021 found that only 0.06% of the emails were encrypted.


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Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival

Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival held a spotlight to virtual reality.


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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical examinations.


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Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications

Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications

Engineers at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow have designed soft robots that can move like inchworms and earthworms.


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Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

Global information and communications technology's greenhouse gas emissions may be worse than previously calculated, suggest researchers.


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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.


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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.


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Computers 'Worse for Environment than Plane Travel'

Computers 'Worse for Environment than Plane Travel'

The carbon impact of computers is set to rise even further, researchers warn.


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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A new technology called Codex generates programs in 12 coding languages and even translates between them. But it is not a threat to professional programmers.


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Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules

Only Humans, Not AI Machines, Get a U.S. Patent, Judge Rules

U.S. District Judge Leonie Brinkema in Alexandria, VA, has ruled that only an actual human can be listed as an inventor on patents under U.S. law.


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Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Scientists have programmed a universal algorithm to enable a silicon chip to decode any data transmitted across a network, irrespective of structure.


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AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway

AR Collection by Ukrainian Companies Hits Runway

Ukrainian clothing brand FINCH teamed up with Ukrainian technology company FFFACE.ME to develop semi-digital clothing that can be upgraded with augmented reality.


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One-Legged Robot Hops About as Researchers Try Knocking It Over

One-Legged Robot Hops About as Researchers Try Knocking It Over

The one-legged TTI Hopper robot can stand, hop, and maintain balance on sloping or unsteady surfaces.


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AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger

AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger

Amazon Web Services' Mario Berta combined the capabilities of two quantum computers in order to generate truly random numbers to strengthen cryptographic keys.


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Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says

Russia Influences Hackers but Stops Short of Directing Them, Report Says

The arrangement allows the Russian government some plausible deniability for attacks, researchers found.