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In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit
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In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit

Startups are putting new innovations to work in Japan's elder-care market.

Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do
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Why Your Ice Cream Will Ride in a Self-Driving Car Before You Do

Autonomous vehicles that transport people get lots of media coverage, but autonomous delivery could transform all of retail long before self-driving cars actually...

AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn
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AI Helps Auto-Loan Company Handle Industry's Trickiest Turn

Prestige Financial Services is among a growing number of lenders using artificial intelligence to digest increasing volumes of data to determine creditworthiness...

Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come
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Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come

Despite expectations by the mining industry that artificial intelligence would transform operations, some experts consider that promise overhyped and unrealistic...

The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer
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The Making of a Computer-Generated Influencer

Miquela Sousa is a computer-generated character developed as a social media personality that can evolve with the times without aging.

Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs
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Robot Reality Check: They Create Wealth--and Jobs

A new Information Technology and Innovation Foundation report says U.S. adoption of automation is lagging behind that of other countries.

OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?
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OK, Computer: How Much Is My House Worth?

Computer algorithm-based valuations could replace appraisers.

Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy
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Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy

A new artificial intelligence-driven voice-scanning tool can identify dubious statements seconds after their utterance, in an effort to more accurately fact-check...

Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent
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Amazon, Google Poised for Race to Hire High-Tech Talent

Amazon and Google are respectively planning to recruit Microsoft C#- and Java-savvy engineers and Python users in a fierce competition for technology talent.

AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect
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AI Could Make Cyberattacks More Dangerous, Harder to Detect

Scientists warn that hackers could weaponize artificial intelligence to conceal and accelerate cyberattacks and potentially escalate their damage.

Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations
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Amazon Picks New York City, Northern Virginia for Its HQ2 Locations

E-commerce giant is expected to make announcement on HQ2 cities as soon as Tuesday.

Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills
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Talent Gap Widens as Firms Battle for AI, Data Skills

A new study predicts demand for information technology workers will outstrip supply, due to growth in digital technologies, tighter labor markets, and few workers...

The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute
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The Robot Revolution Is Coming, and Dang Is It Cute

How adorable robots are may be a critical factor for their public acceptance.

UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101
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UC Berkeley's Fastest-Growing Class Is Data Science 101

The University of California, Berkeley's introduction to data science course is the fastest-growing class on campus.

Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce
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Grocers Enlist Robots to Chase E-Commerce

Grocers are deploying robots and artificial intelligence to boost warehouse efficiency amid intensifying competition for consumer food spending.

Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms
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Perfecting Crops With AI-Powered Indoor Farms

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Laboratory's Open Agriculture Initiative has developed a self-contained indoor farm.

How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever
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How Robots and Drones Will Change Retail Forever

The world's companies are in the initial stages of what might be called the "physical cloud," an e-commerce ecosystem that functions like the Internet.

Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds
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Voting Machine Used in Half of U.S. Is Vulnerable to Attack, Report Finds

Election machines used in more than half of U.S. states contain a decade-old flaw that makes them vulnerable to a cyberattack.

Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You
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Do You Know Cobol? If So, There Might Be a Job for You

The Common Business-Oriented Language (Cobol) remains the most prevalent programming language in the financial services industry worldwide.

Women Tech Hiring Sees Minuscule Growth, Short of Hopes
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Women Tech Hiring Sees Minuscule Growth, Short of Hopes

Women were represented in 24% of technical roles this year, with growth of 1.09% over last year, according to an AnitaB.org survey. About 13% of technical roles...
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