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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.
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Facebook's Ad Tools Subsidize Partisanship; Campaigns May Not Even Know It.

Researchers found that the technologies Facebook uses to sort the relevancy of advertising may be more responsible for the polarization of U.S. politics than previously...

Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections
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Researchers Uncover Russian-Style Information Operation Ahead of U.K. Elections

Graphika, a cyber-intelligence firm, discovered a campaign on Reddit and Twitter to disseminate leaked trade documents ahead of elections in the U.K.

Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease
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Inside CDC's Scramble to Solve Mysterious Vaping Disease

Efforts by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to investigate a spate of vaping-related injuries and deaths required building a new data-collection...

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It
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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse...

Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences
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Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Exploring the unintended consequences of human-algorithmic partnerships, researchers analyzed algorithms intended to reduce Virginia prison populations by assigning...

Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston
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Future of Autonomous Delivery May Be Unfolding in Suburban Houston

Robotics company Nuro has been field-testing delivery via autonomous vehicles (AV) in Houston.

Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR
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Fordham Business Students Have New Tool to Prepare Them for Boardrooms: VR

Fordham University students are using virtual reality technology to build their business skills in simulated environments.

Apple Card Algorithm Sparks Gender Bias Allegations Against Goldman Sachs
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Apple Card Algorithm Sparks Gender Bias Allegations Against Goldman Sachs

Danish software developer David Heinemeier Hansson cited apparent gender discrimination in the Apple Card algorithm, spurring an investigation into Apple Card partner...

What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death
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What Self-driving Cars Can’t Recognize May be a Matter of Life and Death

Engineers are racing to program artificial intelligence to recognize different scenarios that human drivers know inherently.

Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare
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Pentagon Advisory Board Releases Principles for Ethical Use of AI in Warfare

The U.S. Defense Innovation Board has published a set of ethical principles for how military agencies should design weapons enabled by artificial intelligence and...

Virginia Seeks Larger Pipeline of CS Degrees
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Virginia Seeks Larger Pipeline of CS Degrees

Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam unveiled plans to help public universities produce 31,000 additional degree-holders in computer science and related disciplines over...

Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom
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Parents are Concerned with School Apps Tracking Students from Classroom to Bathroom

Parents and students are grappling with the privacy implications of software increasingly used by U.S. schools, including apps that monitor students' movements—even...

Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout
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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and allowing customers to...

A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job
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A Face-scanning Algorithm Increasingly Decides Whether You Deserve the Job

HireVue claims it uses artificial intelligence to decide who's best for a job. Outside experts call it 'profoundly disturbing.'

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That
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It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' belongings as it follows behind them. 

Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow
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Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow

Two companies have partnered on an autonomous shuttle service to transport commuters between a Metro station and locations in Reston, VA.

Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars
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Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robot drone that can traverse rough terrain.

Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One
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Lawmakers Warn About Threat of Political Deepfakes by Creating One

Two U.S. congressmen created an artificial intelligence-doctored political video to demonstrate the threat such disinformation presents.

How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020
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How State Election Officials Are Contributing to Weak Security in 2020

A study by cybersecurity company NormShield found U.S. state election offices are failing to implement digital safeguards, increasing the 2020 elections' susceptibility...

An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft
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An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft

A French insurance company said one of its clients had been victimized by thieves using voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive and dupe an employee...
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