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Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border
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Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border

President Trump has promised to reduce the number of H-1B visas granted; Canadian businesses see an opportunity to lure international tech talent north of the border...

IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model
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IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model

IBM will roll out a high-resolution weather forecast model this year.

A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods
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A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods

An autonomous, bread-making robotic oven made by Wilkinson Baking of Walla Walla, WA, can produce 235 loaves daily.

Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market
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Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market

A broad technology industry effort to expand apprenticeships in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering was unveiled this week at CES 2019.

The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.
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The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.

The U-boat seems to loom out of the blackness, careening to starboard, as if to avoid a collision.

This Artist Is Using AI to Paint With His Mind
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This Artist Is Using AI to Paint With His Mind

Roboticist Alexander Reben uses artificial intelligence to create works of art.

Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender
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Inside the Futuristic Restaurant Where a Robot Has Replaced the Bartender

The Cyberdog wine bar in Prague, Czech Republic, is equipped with a robot bartender that serves drinks ordered via a smartphone app.

China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are Using Drones to Save It.
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China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are Using Drones to Save It.

China is deploying drones to scan portions of the Great Wall reportedly too hazardous to cross, compiling information to support its rehabilitation.

The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government
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The White House Is Wooing Tech Workers to Do Tours of Duty in Government

White House officials has been meeting with technology giants to try to persuade them to allow their employees to take leaves of absence to help modernize government...

I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.
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I Fell for Facebook Fake News. Here's Why Millions of You Did, Too.

The Facebook video is nuts, but I can't tear my eyes away. A plane, struggling in a huge storm, does a 360-degree flip before safely landing and letting out terrified...

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up
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Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting Up

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our Utilities
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We’d Be Crippled by a Cyberattack on Our Utilities

It's time we come up with a strategy to defend our nation from potentially crippling cyberattacks that would put states at the forefront of the fight.

This App Knows When You've Been in an Accident—and Then It Calls 911 for You
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This App Knows When You've Been in an Accident—and Then It Calls 911 for You

A new mobile application accesses a smartphone's sensors to determine if the phone's owner has been in an auto accident, and can alert 911 emergency services if...

Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine
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Here's What We Know about Google's Mysterious Search Engine

President Trump thinks Google's search engine is "rigged." By featuring more mainstream news outlets and relatively fewer conservative sites in the results he sees...

Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It
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Tens of Thousands Go Without Home Internet; Here's How San Francisco Wants to Fix It

San Francisco has proposed a $1.9-billion project to build its own high-speed network, to provide Internet access to more than 100,000 residents who lack home connectivity...

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone
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Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important...

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station
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SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station

An artificially intelligent robot was launched to the International Space Station last week to assist with scientific experiments.

How Spies Can Use Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too
From ACM News

How Spies Can Use Your Cellphone to Find You, and Eavesdrop on Your Calls and Texts Too

Surveillance systems that track the locations of cellphone users and spy on their calls, texts and data streams are being turned against Americans as they roam...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
From ACM Careers

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?
From ACM News

A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?

Google's artificial-intelligence assistant sounds almost exactly like a human when it calls the salon to book a woman's hair appointment.
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