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NHS to Set Up National AI Lab
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NHS to Set Up National AI Lab

The U.K. National Health Service is launching a national AI laboratory to enhance the care of patients and facilitate research.

Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App
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Google Reveals Fistful of Flaws in Apple's iMessage App

Google researchers have disclosed six vulnerabilities in Apple's iMessage app that could make devices using it exploitable.

Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms
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Australia to Police Tech Giants' Algorithms

Australian regulators intend to launch the first office committed to policing algorithms used by technology giants like Facebook and Google, to better understand...

Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says
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Samsung TVs Should Be Regularly Virus-Checked, Company Says

Samsung said owners of its newest smart TV models should check for malware "every few weeks" to "prevent malicious software attacks."

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution
From ACM TechNews

A Simple Online System That Could End Plastic Pollution

Bounties Network collected tons of garbage from Manila Bay as part of a pilot project that pays a small network of people in digital currency for such trash.

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject
From ACM TechNews

Computer 'Geek' Stereotype Puts Girls Off Subject

A U.K. study found stereotyping of computing as "a male-oriented domain consisting of anti-social 'nerds, geeks, or hackers,'" discourages female students from...

The Push Towards AI in Africa
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The Push Towards AI in Africa

Initiatives are underway to train African computer scientists in artificial intelligence, with major technology companies investing in the cultivation of new AI...

­.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'
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­.K. Drones Map Chernobyl's 'Red Forest'

U.K. researchers used a drone-mapping system they developed to survey Chernobyl's "Red Forest," one of the most radioactive locations on Earth.

Hackers Beat ­niversity Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours
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Hackers Beat ­niversity Cyber-Defenses in Two Hours

Ethical hackers conducted simulated cyberattacks on U.K. university defenses, and were able to successfully access "high-value" information within two hours.

How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics
From ACM News

How Pope Francis Could Shape the Future of Robotics

At the Vatican's Pontifical Academy for Life workshop, Pope Francis presented a letter warning of developing technologies without first considering societal costs...

Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code
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Prisoners in England to Be Taught to Code

The U.K. government will fund a program in which "carefully vetted" prisoners will be taught software coding.

How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World
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How Quantum Sensing Is Changing the Way We See the World

Imagine a world where you can find out exactly what lies under your feet, get advanced warning of volcanic eruptions, look around corners or into rooms, and detect...

Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars
From ACM TechNews

Call to Ban Killer Robots in Wars

A scientific coalition is urging a ban on the development of weapons governed by artificial intelligence.

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder
From ACM Opinion

The ­S Cannot Crush ­s, Says Huawei Founder

The founder of Huawei has said there is "no way the US can crush" the company, in an exclusive interview with the BBC.

What Is Article 13? The E­'s Copyright Directive Explained
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What Is Article 13? The E­'s Copyright Directive Explained

The final version of a controversial new EU copyright law has been agreed after three days of talks in France.

Russia Considers '­nplugging' From Internet
From ACM TechNews

Russia Considers '­nplugging' From Internet

Russia is considering a brief disconnection from the worldwide Internet to test its cyber defenses.

Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State
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Amazon Scout Robots Take to Pavements in Washington State

Amazon is pilot-testing a wheeled electric robot that travels on pavements to deliver packages to customers in Snohomish County, WA.

Radar Technology ­sed to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads
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Radar Technology ­sed to Target Grit, Salt on Scotland's Roads

A new smart sensing technology  could help spread grit and salt on icy roads more efficiently.

'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer
From ACM TechNews

'Virtual Tumor' New Way to See Cancer

Researchers have constructed a three-dimensional virtual reality model of tumor samples, with each individual cell mapped.

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages
From ACM News

The Key to Cracking Long-Dead Languages

Broken and scorched black by fire, the dense, wedge-shaped marks etched into the ancient clay tablets are only just visible under the soft light at the British...
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