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Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think
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Image-Recognition Technology May Not Be as Secure as We Think

Evidence is growing that image recognition technology may be more susceptible to deception than previously assumed.

The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming
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The Day Computers Can Break All Encryption Is Coming

With quantum computing advancements threatening to expose all encrypted data, technology companies and security agencies are pursuing projects to preserve information...

Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate
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Factory Workers Become Coders as Companies Automate

Some U.S. manufacturers are offering employees programming and robotics training, as automation sweeps through the industry.

Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security
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Rattled by Cyberattacks, Hospitals Push Device Makers to Improve Security

With cyberattacks against Internet-connected medical devices on the rise, hospitals and health systems in the U.S. are pressuring device manufacturers to bolster...

The Robots That Manage the Managers
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The Robots That Manage the Managers

New artificial intelligence-driven coaching apps and platforms aim to provide basic training in traditional supervisory skills such as delivering feedback and delegating...

Big Brother at the Mall
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Big Brother at the Mall

The U.S. Congress is investigating the use of advanced technology to track consumers around brick-and-mortar retailers.

MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust
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MTA's Initial Foray Into Facial Recognition at High Speed Is a Bust

New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority program to identify high-speed drivers at the Robert F. Kennedy Bridge via facial-recognition technology is a failure...

How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan
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How Gaming Technology May Help Taxi Drivers in Japan

Tokyo, Japan-based DeNA has developed a program to direct cruising taxi drivers to streets where they are most likely to find customers.

Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts
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Know-It-All Bot Shuts Down Dubious Family Texts

Taiwanese researchers have developed an artificial intelligence bot that interjects in real time to identify factual errors and alternative interpretations in news...

The ­-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut
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The ­-2 Spy Plane Is Still Flying Combat Missions 60 Years After Its Debut

Six decades after the U-2 flew its first mission, the military is trying to harness artificial-intelligence technology to enhance the venerable spy plane's combat...

The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other
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The 15 People Who Keep Wikipedia's Editors From Killing Each Other

Wikipedia editors got locked in a dispute several months ago about the biographical summary boxes that sit atop some pages of the online encyclopedia. The tiff...

Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google
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Who Has More of Your Personal Data Than Facebook? Try Google

Recent controversy over Facebook Inc.'s hunger for personal data has surfaced the notion that the online advertising industry could be hazardous to our privacy...

Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted ­sers
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Next Worry for Facebook: Disenchanted ­sers

Facebook Inc.'s handling of user data has upset lawmakers and regulators in multiple countries. But the biggest risk to its business could come from angry users...

Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot
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Chinese Scientists Engineer Flexible, Faster-Swimming Robot

Chinese researchers have developed a flexible, remote-controlled robotic ray that can swim through water nearly twice as fast as previous robo-swimmers without...

Can Tech Speed ­p Emergency Room Care?
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Can Tech Speed ­p Emergency Room Care?

The next frontier in digital health may be one of the most unlikely: the emergency room.

Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?
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Can an Algorithm Detect a Speaker's Mood?

Researchers have developed an algorithm to determine a speaker's mood in real time by registering not only their speech, but also their vital signs.

Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, Dvrs For Massive Internet Attacks
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Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, Dvrs For Massive Internet Attacks

Attackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the...

In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves
From ACM Opinion

In Pursuit of Planes That Think For Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?

How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back
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How to Stop Robocalls … or at Least Fight Back

"This is a final notice from the IRS."

How New Technology Is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma
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How New Technology Is Illuminating a Classic Ethical Dilemma

On a pleaant Friday afternoon in April, the grassy quadrangle at the center of the Carnegie Mellon University campus is buzzing with activity.
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