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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future
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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.

Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One
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Australia's Fire Season Ends, Researchers Look to the Next One

The effectiveness of many technologies being developed to cope with wildfires in Australia hinges on the ability to predict how fuel types like eucalyptus trees...

Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?
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Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?

Sophisticated tech used to gather and analyze information may be able to improve returns, but the data isn't showing it.

Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation
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Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation

Labor and robotics experts say social-distancing directives could spur more industries to automate.

Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back
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Facebook-Backed Libra Cryptocurrency Project Is Scaled Back

After months of criticism, the cryptocurrency is moving ahead with significant revisions.

Toward Computers That Teach Themselves
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Toward Computers That Teach Themselves

The artificial intelligence industry is experiencing a supervised learning revolution, as researchers teach computers to recognize patterns and learn from them....

AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data
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AI Helping Scientists Understand an Ocean's Worth of Data

Researchers have trained a neural network to distinguish humpback whale songs from other ocean noise.

How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early
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How Are You Feeling? Surveys Aim to Detect COVID-19 Hot Spots Early

More than 2 million Britons and 150,000 Israelis have completed health surveys to trace COVID-19 outbreaks and send resources where they can do the most good.

As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets
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As Coronavirus Surveillance Escalates, Personal Privacy Plummets

Many countries scrambling to contain the coronavirus pandemic are deploying digital surveillance to control their populations.

Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest
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Restrictions Are Slowing Coronavirus Infections, Data Suggest

Data suggests that mass business closures and social-distancing edicts imposed to fight the coronavirus pandemic are helping reduce the numbers of fevers recorded...

Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus
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Mapping the Social Network of Coronavirus

Analysts in Northeastern University's Network Science Institute are predictively modeling the coronavirus pandemic by incorporating social networks.

Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election
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Facebook, Google, Twitter Struggle to Handle November's Election

Major technology companies have spent billions in the past three years to prevent election meddling, but new challenges are adding to their struggle in the run-up...

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.

Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic
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Bring in the Robot Cleaners: Travel Industry Innovations for the Pandemic

"Private" hotels, online tour-company teasers for future travelers, and other ways that travel companies are keeping their businesses alive.

There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say
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There Is a Racial Divide in Speech Recognition Systems, Researchers Say

Technology from Amazon, Apple, Google, IBM, and Microsoft misidentified 35% of words from people who were black. White people fared much better.

The Search for E.T. Goes on Hold, for Now
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The Search for E.T. Goes on Hold, for Now

A popular screen saver takes a break while its inventors try to digest data that may yet be hiding news of extraterrestrials.

Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever
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Big Tech Could Emerge From Coronavirus Crisis Stronger Than Ever

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?
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Can YouTube Quiet Its Conspiracy Theorists?

While YouTube has reduced how often its algorithm recommends conspiracy theory-related videos, its progress in dealing with conspiracy theories has been uneven....

In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags
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In Coronavirus Fight, China Gives Citizens a Color Code, with Red Flags

To manage the coronavirus epidemic, China is requiring citizens to use software on their smartphones.

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared
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Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.
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