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William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely
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William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely

Shatner partners with StoryFile to create an interactive version of himself that answers fan questions and talks back to them.

AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease
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AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease

Northwestern University researchers used artificial intelligence to assess pain levels in patients with sickle cell disease, based on their vital signs.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...

Microsoft to Ease Workers Back to the Office Starting Next Week
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Microsoft to Ease Workers Back to the Office Starting Next Week

It plans to remove restrictions only once the virus acts "more like an endemic virus such as the seasonal flu," an executive wrote.

System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered
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System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system to detect and reduce errors when patients administer their own medication.

Technology Will Create Millions of Jobs. The Problem Will Be to Find Workers to Fill Them
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Technology Will Create Millions of Jobs. The Problem Will Be to Find Workers to Fill Them

A new economic analysis indicates that new technologies will create tens of millions of jobs by 2030, but are unlikely to offset job losses from automation.

Novel Deep Learning Framework for Symbolic Regression
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Novel Deep Learning Framework for Symbolic Regression

Computer scientists  have created a new framework and visualization tool that applies deep reinforcement learning to symbolic regression problems.

Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages
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Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages

New lip-reading software can learn from its users continuously.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets
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AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.

How AI Can Help Curb Traffic Accidents in Cities
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How AI Can Help Curb Traffic Accidents in Cities

An interdisciplinary research team led by Spain's Universitat Oberta de Catalunya is leveraging artificial intelligence to reduce traffic accidents in cities.

Smart Device Push Brings IT, R&D Teams Together
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Smart Device Push Brings IT, R&D Teams Together

Information Technology staffers at consumer packaged goods companies increasingly work with research and development teams to develop more connected devices.

Robots Increase Gender Pay Gap Despite Raising Wages Overall
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Robots Increase Gender Pay Gap Despite Raising Wages Overall

U.K. researchers found that automation pushed up all wages on average, but widened the gender pay gap.

U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO
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U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says that distribution systems within the country's electrical grid are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack

Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers
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Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers

The effects of a breach of a car, or fleet, could be devastating. Auto manufacturers and suppliers have aggressive plans, and a lot of firewalls.

Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap
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Massive Hacks Linked to Russia, China Exploited U.S. Internet Security Gap

A new report found hackers targeting servers running Microsoft Exchange software used U.S.-based computers from at least four service providers.

ML Model Could Remove Bias From Social Network Connections
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ML Model Could Remove Bias From Social Network Connections

A novel machine learning framework can calculate sensitive attributes to help graph neural networks make fair recommendations.

Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry
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Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry

Brown University computer scientists have proposed an ultra-secure, decentralized firearm registry database that allays privacy concerns with encryption.

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets
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AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality.

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores
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DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores

The U.S. Defense Department agency has been sponsoring underground circuit competitions for robotic hardware systems for the last three years.
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