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Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day
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Robot Dolphin Could Replace Captive Animals at Theme Parks One Day

A U.S. engineering company has designed a robot dolphin in the hope that such animatronic machines eventually could substitute for captive animals at theme parks...

Japan Supercomputer Shows Humidity Affects Aerosol Spread of Coronavirus
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Japan Supercomputer Shows Humidity Affects Aerosol Spread of Coronavirus

Humidity can have a major impact on the dispersion of virus particles, according to a study by researchers at Kobe University in Japan and research giant Riken....

Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station
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Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station

Robots have been deployed at the St. Pancras International train station in London to kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet (UV) light.

NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool
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NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool

The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have publicly exposed a sophisicated hacking tool that Russian intelligence used to penetrate...

Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study
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Modern Driver-Assistance Technology 'Far From Reliable': AAA Study

A study by the American Automobile Association found that current advanced driver assistance technology does not provide reliable safety benefits.

EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks
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EU Sanctions Russian Intelligence, North Korean, Chinese Firms Over Alleged Cyberattacks

The European Union has announced sanctions against the Russian military intelligence service, and North Korean and Chinese companies, for alleged cyberattacks. ...

IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing
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IBM Partners with Japanese Business, Academia in Quantum Computing

IBM has launched a research partnership with Japanese industry and academia to expedite quantum computing innovations.

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier
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Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier

A student at the U.K.'s University of Birmingham has been unmasked as fictional by state-of-the-art forensic analysis programs from Israel-based startup Cyabra....

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face
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America's Best-Selling Vehicle Becomes a Cybertruck With a Familiar Face

Ford Motor's new F-150 pickup and upcoming Mach-E electric SUV will be the carmaker's first vehicles to be equipped with electronic systems that enable wireless...

California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First
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California City Bans Predictive Policing in U.S. First

Santa Cruz, CA, has become the first U.S. city to ban predictive policing.

Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness
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Massive Spying on Users of Google's Chrome Shows New Security Weakness

A recent spyware effort attacked users through 32 million downloads of add-ons to Google's Chrome Web browser.

Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests
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Microsoft Bans Police Face Recognition Sales as Big Tech Reacts to Protests

The announcement came a day after rival Amazon.com declared it was pausing police use of its "Rekognition" service for a year.

Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study
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Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study

Traffic experts say nine in 10 crashes result from human error, and more than 36,000 people died in U.S. car crashes last year.

A Robot Walks Into a Bar, Helps Make a Cocktail
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A Robot Walks Into a Bar, Helps Make a Cocktail

Robo-bartenders are part of South Korea's cafe and bar scene as the country moves toward "distancing in daily life" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption
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Gap Rushes in More Robots to Warehouses to Solve Virus Disruption

Gap Inc. is deploying warehouse robots more quickly amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry
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Microsoft to Adapt Its Cloud Software for Healthcare Industry

Microsoft plans to launch a version of its cloud-based software to meet the needs of healthcare organizations.

White House Panel: Build New Tech Infrastructure for Future Jobs
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White House Panel: Build New Tech Infrastructure for Future Jobs

The White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board has called on the U.S. government and private industry to collaboratively build a technological infrastructure...

Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits
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Elderly Home Turns to Wearables for Contact Tracing, Sidestepping Apple-Google Limits

The Legacy at Town Square senior living facility in Amarillo, TX, recently accelerated contact tracing by having staffers and residents wear high-tech wristbands...
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