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Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus
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Hello and Welcome: Robot Waiters to the Rescue Amid Virus

Some restaurants in the Netherlands preparing to reopen in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic are planning to use robot waiters.

Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems
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Software Vulnerable in New Election Systems

The majority of the approximately 10,000 election jurisdictions nationwide use Windows 7 or an older operating system to create ballots, program voting machines...

Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push
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Robot Baristas are Latest Front in South Korea Automation Push

A wide range of South Korean businesses is increasingly incorporating robots and other automation technologies.

Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices
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Mainstream Autos Get Driver-Monitoring Devices

Hyundai and Subaru unveiled distracted driver alert systems for their mainstream models last month at the New York International Auto Show.

Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections
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Tech-Savvy Estonians Vote Online in European Elections

Estonia is currently the only country in the world that authorizes online voting for its entire electorate, due to its confidence in its Internet voting (i-voting)...

Be Wary of Robot Emotions
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Be Wary of Robot Emotions

Humans often anthropomorphize robots, which designers concede can be exploited for both connection and manipulation.

Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex
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Coming to Store Shelves: Cameras That Guess Your Age, Sex

Retailers are testing in-store cameras designed to guess shoppers' ages and genders, to inform real-time advertisements on store video screens.

Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South
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Machines Could Fuel Comeback of Textile Industry in South

Automated sewing and other machine innovations could enable a resurgence of the textile industry in the southern U.S.

Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets
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Digital Design, QB Investments Could Aid Football Helmets

Major football helmet manufacturers are funding and refining new digitally designed models with enhanced safety features.

Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk
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Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of ­.S. Workers at Risk

The Brookings Institution has determined that about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation.

Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025
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Report: Machines to Handle Over Half Workplace Tasks by 2025

More than half of all workplace tasks will be completed by machines by 2025, according to a World Economic Forum report.

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Computer Science Programs to Increase in Hawaii Schools
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Computer Science Programs to Increase in Hawaii Schools

Hawaii's Board of Education is working to boost computer science programs in the state’s schools.

Behind the Broadcom Deal Block: Rising Telecom Tensions
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Behind the Broadcom Deal Block: Rising Telecom Tensions

Behind the U.S. move to block Singapore-based Broadcom's hostile bid for U.S. chip maker Qualcomm lies a new global struggle for influence over next-generation...

Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts
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Tech Is Taking Over Our Lives, and Our 401(k) Accounts

As technology takes over more of people's daily lives, it's also taking over ever-bigger chunks of their retirement accounts.

China's Xi Calls For More Technology Development
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China's Xi Calls For More Technology Development

President Xi Jinping called Wednesday for the ruling Communist Party to lead development of Chinese technology industries, an area fraught with trade tensions and...

In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay
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In a High-Tech World, Car Designers Still Rely on Clay

Car designers have every kind of software and virtual reality tool. But when they want to make sure a car's curves look just right, they rely on one of the world's...

Automated Cars Could Threaten Jobs of Professional Drivers
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Automated Cars Could Threaten Jobs of Professional Drivers

Ronald De Feo has watched robots take factory jobs for years. Now he sees them threatening a new class of worker: People who drive for a living.

Mexico Taking ­S Factory Jobs? Blame Robots Instead
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Mexico Taking ­S Factory Jobs? Blame Robots Instead

Donald Trump blames Mexico and China for stealing millions of jobs from the United States.

Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars
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Auto, Technology Industries Clash Over Talking Cars

Cars that wirelessly talk to each other are finally ready for the road, creating the potential to dramatically reduce traffic deaths, improve the safety of self...
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