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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit
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A Plan to Make Police Data Open Source Started on Reddit

The Police Data Accessibility Project aims to request, download, clean, and standardize public records that right now are overly difficult to find.

Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'
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Tech Confronts Its Use of the Labels 'Master' and 'Slave'

Companies and programmers are reexamining how technical terms are used amid Black Lives Matter protests. But some worry the changes are empty symbolism.

Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months
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Google Will Delete Your Data by Default—in 18 Months

Starting Wednesday, the search giant will make a previously opt-in auto-delete feature the norm.

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa
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President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

The administration said the move will give U.S. workers access to an additional 525,000 jobs. But sectors with lots of H-1B visas tend to have low unemployment....

Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations
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Spies Can Eavesdrop by Watching a Light Bulb's Vibrations

Researchers  have developed a long-distance eavesdropping method that exploits vibrations on the glass surface of a light bulb's interior.

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense
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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.

This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk
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This Robot Can Guess How You're Feeling by the Way You Walk

A new algorithm enables a small four-wheeled robot to perform real-time gait analysis in order to determine a walker's emotional state.

Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?
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Is the Brain a Useful Model for Artificial Intelligence?

Thinking machines think just like us—but only up to a point.

Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy
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Inside Big Tech’s High-stakes Race for Quantum Supremacy

Quantum computers used to be an impossible dream. Now, after a decade of research by some of the world's biggest tech companies, they're on the verge of changing...

The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet
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The Confessions of Marcus Hutchins, the Hacker Who Saved the Internet

At 22, he single-handedly put a stop to the worst cyberattack the world had ever seen. Then he was arrested by the FBI. This is his untold story.

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light
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After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon.

How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk
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How a Real Dog Taught a Robot Dog to Walk

Researchers at Google have developed a robotic dog and taught it to walk by showing it motion-capture videos of real dogs walking on treadmills. 

Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys
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Hackers Can Clone Millions of Toyota, Hyundai, Kia Keys

Researchers found previously unknown vulnerabilities in encryption systems used by in-vehicle devices that communicate at close range with key fobs to unlock the...

This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light
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This Clever Robotic Finger Feels With Light

A new robotic skeleton is embedded with 32 photodiodes and 30 adjacent LEDs, and is covered by a squishy skin of reflective silicone that keeps the device's own...

We’re not prepared for the end of Moore’s Law
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We’re not prepared for the end of Moore’s Law

It has fueled prosperity of the last 50 years. But the end is now in sight.

Python Is More Popular Than Ever
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Python Is More Popular Than Ever

Despite a rocky transition from Python 2 to Python 3, developers are still flocking to the programming language.

The Secret History of Facial Recognition
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The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.

Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw
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Intel Patching the Patch for the Patch for 'Zombieload' Flaw

Intel said it will release yet another patch for a microarchitectural data sampling vulnerability that allows hackers to fool microprocessors into exposing protected...

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet
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AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

The computing power required for AI landmarks, such as recognizing images and defeating humans at Go, increased 300,000-fold from 2012 to 2018.

Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout
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Washington Must Bet Big on AI or Lose Its Global Clout

A new report says $25 billion—and a more welcoming attitude toward foreign talent—is needed to keep the U.S. in the technology race with China.
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