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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus
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The Future of Virus Tracking Can Be Found on This College Campus

Researchers have transformed the Colorado Mesa University campus into an epidemiological laboratory researching new avenues of pandemic management.

A New Way of Seeing
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A New Way of Seeing

Vision AI provides a deeper view.

Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns
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Stocks Drop for a 3rd Day Following Bitcoin's Crash and Inflation Concerns

The decline in the stock markets was a faint echo of the crash in the market for cryptocurrencies in recent days.

Prabhakar Raghavan Isn't CEO of Google—He Just Runs the Place
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Prabhakar Raghavan Isn't CEO of Google—He Just Runs the Place

In his first interview since taking a top job, Raghavan gets into the future of search, misinformation, employee ferment, and robots making phone calls.

The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter
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The Timeline for Quantum Computing is Getting Shorter

New financial trading algorithms promise quantum- computer performance improvements over classical computers within 5-10 years, rather than 10-20.

Endless Scrolling Through Social Media can Literally Make You Sick
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Endless Scrolling Through Social Media can Literally Make You Sick

Once mainly a scourge of VR headsets, cybersickness seems to be on the rise as the pandemic pushes our bodies to their digital limits.

France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data
From ACM TechNews

France Embraces Google, Microsoft in Quest to Safeguard Sensitive Data

The French government says Google and Microsoft cloud computing technology could be used to store sensitive state and corporate data, providing it is licensed to...

Top Educational Apps for Children Might Not Be as Beneficial as Promised
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Top Educational Apps for Children Might Not Be as Beneficial as Promised

An analysis of the most frequently downloaded educational apps for children found such apps may not provide high-quality educational experiences.

Study Explores Privacy of Prison Communications
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Study Explores Privacy of Prison Communications

The constant monitoring of people incarcerated in the U.S. extends to communications between inmates and their relatives.

Helping Drone Swarms Avoid Obstacles Without Hitting Each Other
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Helping Drone Swarms Avoid Obstacles Without Hitting Each Other

A predictive control model allows individual drones to predict their own behavior and that of neighboring drones in a swarm, to keep them from bumping into each...

Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...

Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference
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Cryptography Experts Trash NFTs on First Day of RSA Conference

The experts have weighed in: Non-fungible tokens are dumb as hell.

Mayo Clinic, Others Use 'AI Factories' to Speed AI Development
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Mayo Clinic, Others Use 'AI Factories' to Speed AI Development

Healthcare provider is among organizations taking an assembly-line approach to quickly create targeted AI applications.

Lasers, Levitation, and Machine Learning Make Better Heat-Resistant Materials
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Lasers, Levitation, and Machine Learning Make Better Heat-Resistant Materials

A process developed at the Argonne National Laboratory can predict how refractory oxides are impacted by high temperatures.

Beautiful or Handsome? Neural Language Models Try Their Hand at Word Substitution
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Beautiful or Handsome? Neural Language Models Try Their Hand at Word Substitution

Researchers had five neural language models compete in lexical substitution tasks, including plain substitution and word sense induction .

Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data
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Microsoft Warns: Watch Out for This Malware That Steals Passwords, Webcam, Browser Data

Microsoft has issued a warning over RevengeRAT, a remote access tool that has been used to target aerospace and travel industries with spear-phishing campaigns....

Japan's Coronavirus Vaccine Booking System Crashes
From ACM News

Japan's Coronavirus Vaccine Booking System Crashes

Japan has inoculated just 2.8% of its population.

Coding Bootcamps in the Time of COVID
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Coding Bootcamps in the Time of COVID

Immersive coding schools have headed online, where their job orientation is more intense than ever.
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