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GCHQ to Use AI to Tackle Child Sex Abuse, Disinformation, Trafficking
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GCHQ to Use AI to Tackle Child Sex Abuse, Disinformation, Trafficking

The U.K.'s Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has published a paper outlining how artificial intelligence could be used to help protect that nation. ...

A Quantum Computer Just Solved a Decades-Old Problem Three Million Times Faster Than a Classical Computer
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A Quantum Computer Just Solved a Decades-Old Problem Three Million Times Faster Than a Classical Computer

Researchers simulated some materials as much as 3 million times faster than a classical computer could through the process of quantum annealing.

California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law
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California Wins Court Victory for Its Net Neutrality Law

A federal judge's ruling can allow the state to go ahead with its law while a lawsuit works its way through the courts.

A.I. Here, There, Everywhere
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A.I. Here, There, Everywhere

Many of us already live with artificial intelligence now, but researchers say interactions with the technology will become increasingly personalized.

Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior
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Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior

A study by Northwestern University researchers highlighted how the public can influence companies they think are misusing their data or engaging in unethical behavior...

Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones
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Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones

The Search-And-Rescue DrOne platform integrates aerial drones, artificial intelligence, and smartphones to find survivors of disasters using signals from their...

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

Positive Reinforcements Help Algorithm Forecast Underground Natural Reserves
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Positive Reinforcements Help Algorithm Forecast Underground Natural Reserves

Researchers have developed a reinforcement-based algorithm that automates forecasting of subterranean properties, enabling accurate prediction of oil and gas reserves...

The Ap­pear­ance of Ro­bots Af­fects Our Per­cep­tion of the Mor­al­ity of Their De­cisions
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The Ap­pear­ance of Ro­bots Af­fects Our Per­cep­tion of the Mor­al­ity of Their De­cisions

A study under the Moralities of Intelligent Machines project found the appearance of robots influences humans' perception of their decisions' morality.

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D
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Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Some artificial intelligence experts think role playing adventure games will help machines learn to be as clever as we are.

After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation
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After Russian Cyberattack, Looking for Answers and Debating Retaliation

Senators and corporate executives warned Tuesday that the "scope and scale" of the hacking of government agencies and companies were still unclear.

A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters
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A Digital Firewall in Myanmar, Built With Guns and Wire Cutters

As the military seized power again, the generals moved quickly to take the country offline, criminalize online dissent, and block social media.

Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM
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Developers: This Is the One Skill Most Likely to Get You Hired, According to IBM

New IBM research revealed that developers with skills in creating open-source cloud technologies are more likely than other job candidates to receive a call-back...

Supercomputer-Developed AI Predicts Tsunami Flooding in Real Time on a PC
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Supercomputer-Developed AI Predicts Tsunami Flooding in Real Time on a PC

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence model that can predict tsunami flooding in real time with high spatial resolution.  

Using Mathematical Models to Enable Transportation Decarbonization, Combat Climate Change
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Using Mathematical Models to Enable Transportation Decarbonization, Combat Climate Change

Analysis of transit fleets in two Mexican cities found that 80% of operational bus days for studied routes were suitable for electrification.

DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft
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DARPA's New Combat Drones Could Catch a Ride from Other Aircraft

The program aims to create autonomous, fighter-jet-like craft that would deploy from the sky and then wield air-to-air weapons.

30,000 Macs Infected with New Silver Sparrow Malware
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30,000 Macs Infected with New Silver Sparrow Malware

Silver Sparrow can even run on systems with Apple's new M1 chip.

The View from On High
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The View from On High

Satellite imagery could address the limitations in traditional sources of data.

Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown
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Facebook, Australia Reach Deal to Restore News Pages After Shutdown

The deal came after intense negotiations and backlash.

In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed
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In the Pandemic, Online Home-Buying Picks Up Speed

First-time buyers have the tech-smarts and now the tools to do all or part of their purchase online, sometimes even before seeing their new houses in person.
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