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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions
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Researchers Criticize AI Software That Predicts Emotions

The AI Now Institute at New York University is urging a ban on the use of artificial intelligence that automatically analyzes facial expressions to influence hiring...

Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts
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Emotion-Sensing Robot Launches to Assist Space Station Astronauts

A robot with emotion-sensing voice detectors has been launched to the International Space Station.

California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System
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California Launches Earthquake Early Warning System

California has launched the first statewide earthquake warning system in the U.S.

U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election
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U.S. Officials Fear Ransomware Attack Against 2020 Election

The U.S. government intends to launch a program to shield voter registration databases and systems from hackers ahead of the 2020 election.

IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management
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IBM, Other Companies Launch New Blockchain Network for Supply Management

IBM and a number of other multinational corporations have jointly developed a new blockchain network, with the goal of improving manual and cumbersome supply chain...

Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria
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Wall Street Finds Blockchain Hard to Tame After Early Euphoria

A review of 33 projects involving large companies and interviews with more than a dozen executives show that blockchain technology has yet to deliver on its promise...

Ford Motor Opens Research Center in Tel Aviv
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Ford Motor Opens Research Center in Tel Aviv

Ford Motor has opened a research laboratory in Tel Aviv, Israel, to leverage the city's technology ecosystem to develop autonomous vehicles.

OECD Members, Including ­.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer
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OECD Members, Including ­.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer

More than 40 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are supporting principles to improve the transparency of artificial intelligence...

Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road
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Driverless Electric Truck Starts Deliveries on Swedish Public Road

A driverless electric truck has started delivering freight daily along a public road in Sweden.

Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency
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Jaguar Land Rover Planning to Allow Helpful Car Drivers to Earn Cryptocurrency

U.K. automaker Jaguar Land Rover is testing software that will allow drivers of its vehicles to earn virtual currency as an incentive for sharing data.

How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel
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How 5G Drove Moves by Apple, Qualcomm and Intel

Apple Inc and Qualcomm Inc on Tuesday settled an acrimonious two-year legal dispute. Shortly afterward, Intel Corp said it will exit the smartphone modem chip business...

Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: ­.N. Telecoms Chief
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Huawei Allegations Driven by Politics Not Evidence: ­.N. Telecoms Chief

U.S. security concerns about 5G mobile networks built by Chinese telecoms giant Huawei appear to be driven by politics and trade rather than any evidence, the head...

Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business
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Censorship Pays: China's State Newspaper Expands Lucrative Online Scrubbing Business

People.cn, the online unit of China's influential People's Daily, is boosting its numbers of human internet censors backed by artificial intelligence to help firms...

­.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals
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­.S. Regulators Want Public's View on Cars with No Steering Wheel, Brake Pedals

A U.S. regulator is asking for public comments on whether autonomous cars lacking steering wheels and brake pedals should be allowed on the nation’s streets.

Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'
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Berners-Lee Says World Wide Web, at 30, Must Emerge from 'Adolescence'

The fraying World Wide Web needs to rediscover its strengths and grow into maturity, its designer Tim Berners-Lee said on Monday, marking the 30th anniversary of...

Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business
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Coffee Farmers Bet on Blockchain to Boost Business

A report by the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization says blockchain technology could address challenges faced by smallholder coffee farmers.

IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages
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IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages

A new IBM Corp. system uses data from satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of the power grid.

Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities
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Germany to Restrict Facebook's Data Gathering Activities

Facebook has been ordered to curb its data collection practices in Germany after a landmark ruling on Thursday that the world's largest social network abused its...

Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads
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Volvo's Self-Driving Car Venture Gets Nod to Test on Swedish Roads

A joint venture between Volvo Cars and Veoneer has won approval to begin hands-free testing of its software for self-driving cars on Swedish highways.

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails
From ACM TechNews

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.
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