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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space
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Why the Quantum Internet Should Be Built in Space

Louisiana State University researchers have proposed a satellite array for building a global quantum Internet to broadcast entangled photon pairs to two different...

A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness
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A Virtual Version of da Vinci's Mystery Glass Orb Has Helped Explain Its Weirdness

Researchers used computer graphics software to reproduce Leonardo da Vinci's painting Salvator Mundi in order to study how light refracts through glass orbs.

Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language
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Baidu Has Trick for Teaching AI the Meaning of Language

Chinese technology company Baidu outperformed Microsoft and Google in the General Language Understanding Evaluation, a benchmark for artificial intelligence comprehension...

How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back
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How Classroom Technology Is Holding Students Back

Data shows that education technology in the United States has a negative impact at a range of grade levels.

Video Games Are Causing a National Crisis in South Korea
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Video Games Are Causing a National Crisis in South Korea

The World Health Organization's decision in May 2019 to add "gaming disorder" to its official catalog of illnesses has been called a vindication by some, though...

Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital
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Why The Rise of the App Has Put Thousands of People in the Hospital

People are being distracted by apps on their phones, and getting injured as a result.

Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?
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Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?

Finding help can be a struggle for gamers who feel their playing has gotten out of control.

Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before
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Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

The computational power needed to train AI models is doubling at a rate seven times faster than before.

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders
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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR
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You Can Now Practice Firing Someone in VR

Virtual reality workplace training provider Talespin has developed virtual characters to train people in soft management skills such as firing employees.    ...

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer
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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.

Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It
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Instead of Practicing, This AI Mastered Chess by Reading About It

A new chess algorithm evaluates the quality of chess moves by analyzing the reactions of expert commentators.

Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks
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Machine Vision Can Spot Unknown Links Between Classic Artworks

A new machine vision system can analyze the poses of human subjects in fine art paintings throughout history, then identify other paintings that contain people...

New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today
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New York City’s first self-driving shuttle service launches today

Six autonomous six-seater shuttles will be offering free rides around a one-mile loop of New York's Brooklyn Navy Yard.

The AI Technique that Could Imbue Machines with the Ability to Reason
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The AI Technique that Could Imbue Machines with the Ability to Reason

Yann LeCun suggested during a recent ACM webinar that unsupervised learning could help deep learning algorithms provide computers with human-like reasoning skills...

New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now
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New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now

A new digital forensics technique holds the potential to protect world leaders and celebrities from artificial intelligence-doctored "deepfake" videos.

Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI
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Chip Startup ­ses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

AI Mavericks Want to Build A Better Brain for Industrial Robots
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AI Mavericks Want to Build A Better Brain for Industrial Robots

Some big-names in AI and robotics are teaming up to develop a robot operating system that will aim to address the shortcomings of today's smartest machines.
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