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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
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'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
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Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?
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A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil
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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil

Texas A&M University researchers have come up with a technique for using a three-dimensional printer to build greener buildings from soil.

 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?
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GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
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China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Silent Film Reel Shows Staff Connected to Bletchley Park for First Time
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Silent Film Reel Shows Staff Connected to Bletchley Park for First Time

Footage, preserved in original canister, shows people who worked at secret wartime site

If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?
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If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can't be far behind.

Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London
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Met Police to Use Live Facial Recognition Cameras in London

London's Metropolitan Police next month will deploy computer-linked live facial recognition cameras on city streets.

Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado
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Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado

Items seized after woman offered them for loan to university.

Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos
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Facebook Bans 'Deepfake' Videos

Facebook has banned doctored videos, or deepfakes, designed to spread misinformation as the 2020 U.S. presidential election approaches.

Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches
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Drone Registration Made Compulsory as U.K. Scheme Launches

A new mandatory national registration scheme calls for drone users in the U.K. to pass an online test and pay a £9 annual fee, or face a £1,000 fine.

How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?
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How Do You Like Your Beef ... Old-Style Cow or 3D-Printed?

Israeli and Spanish companies are offering three-dimensionally (3D)-printed meat products synthesized from plant protein. 

'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial
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'It's Going to be a Revolution': Driverless Cars in New London Trial

Driverless cars completed their first major street test in London this week.

Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology
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Smile-to-Pay: Chinese Shoppers Turn to Facial Payment Technology

China is embracing facial payment technology, which allows consumers to purchase goods simply by posing in front of point-of-sale machines equipped with cameras...

Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You
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Facial Recognition Coming to a Supermarket Near You

Rapid advancements of AI and facial recognition technologies, combined with a dramatic decline in costs, means that these systems are now viable for use by supermarkets...

Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines
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Robot, Heal Thyself: Scientists Develop Self-Repairing Machines

EU project creates robotic hands that can sense and fix damage without human intervention.
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