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Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI
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Playing Catch-Up, Germany Throws Money at AI

Germany plans to invest more than 3 billion euros ($3.39 million) by 2025 to beef up its artificial intelligence capabilities and appoint 100 professors to lecture...

As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market
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As Companies Embrace AI, It's a Job-Seeker's Market

Dozens of employers looking to hire the next generation of tech employees descended on the University of California, Berkeley in September to meet students at an...

Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women
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Amazon Scraps Secret AI Recruiting Tool That Showed Bias Against Women

Amazon discontinued an artificial intelligence recruiting tool its machine learning specialists developed to automate the hiring process because it was biased against...

Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters
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Virtual Singapore Project Could Be Testbed for Planners—and Plotters

The Virtual Singapore project will offer state agencies and, eventually, the public access to a three-dimensional model of the city.

U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push
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U.S. Tech Giants Eye AI Key to Unlock China Push

U.S. technology giants, facing tighter content rules in China and the threat of a trade war, are targeting an easier way into the world's second largest economy—artificial...

Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking

Researchers say they have determined a way to exploit a microchip security flaw in Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones.

New Genre of AI Programs Take Hacking to Another Level
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New Genre of AI Programs Take Hacking to Another Level

IBM has identified a variety of artificial intelligence hacking program that could get past top-tier defensive measures.

New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 
From ACM News

New Genre of Artificial Intelligence Programs Take Computer Hacking to Another Level 

The nightmare scenario for computer security—artificial intelligence programs that can learn how to evade even the best defenses—may already have arrived.

Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows
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Run Your Dishwasher When the Sun Shines: Dynamic Power Pricing Grows

One day, the weather could drive your domestic schedule. Your dishwasher springs to life at the windiest time of day. The washing machine starts spinning when the...

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019
From ACM TechNews

Alphabet to Deploy Balloon Internet in Kenya With Telkom in 2019

Alphabet subsidiary Loon plans to deploy a system of balloons to provide high-speed Internet access to rural and suburban populations in Kenya next year.

'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights
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'You Cannot Be Serious': IBM Taps Emotions for Wimbledon Highlights

IBM's Watson artificial intelligence platform is analyzing players' emotions at the Wimbledon tennis tournament.

China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups
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China's Penetration of Silicon Valley Creates Risks for Startups


Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities – 2018
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Asia Pacific's Most Innovative Universities – 2018

Every scientist hopes for a "Eureka" moment—the jolt of sudden insight when a discovery becomes clear. But great advances always follow regular progress, and while...

At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech
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At Beijing Security Fair, an Arms Race for Surveillance Tech

It can crack your smartphone password in seconds, rip personal data from call and messaging apps, and peruse your contact book.

In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home
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In Silicon Valley, Chinese 'Accelerators' Aim to Bring Startups Home

Beijing's unslakeable thirst for the latest technology has spurred a proliferation of "accelerators" in Silicon Valley that aim to identify promising startups and...

The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch
From ACM News

The Auto Plants of the Future May Have a Surprisingly Human Touch

Carmakers have big plans for their next generation of factories: smarter designs, artificial intelligence and collaborative robots building a wide range of vehicles...

Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms
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Chips Down: China Aims to Boost Semiconductors as Trade War Looms

Now, as a trade war with the United States looms, a government decision to accelerate the development of the domestic chip industry underlines how far those goals...

Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips
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Made in China 2025: Beijing's Big Ambitions from Robots to Chips

China is looking to catch up with rivals like the United States and Germany in high-end technology, making a major push with a "Made in China 2025" strategy that...

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race
From ACM News

Trade War or Not, China Is Closing the Gap on U.S. in Technology IP Race

China's rising investment in research and expansion of its higher education system mean that it is fast closing the gap with the United States in intellectual property...

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute
From ACM News

Russia to Ban Telegram Messenger Over Encryption Dispute

A Russian court on Friday ordered that access to the Telegram messenger service be blocked in Russia, heralding possible communication disruption for millions of...
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