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Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye
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Imaging the Secret Lives of Immune Cells in the Eye

University of Rochester researchers have developed a technique for imaging and tracking the interactions of microscopic immune cells in a human eye without using...

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?
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When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

How to navigate when you should and shouldn't hug someone — and how not to hold on too long.

Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says
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Buenos Aires Using Facial Recognition System That Tracks Child Suspects, Rights Group Says

Human Rights Watch says Buenos Aires is using a facial recognition system connected to a database that includes child suspects and is publishing warrants for their...

Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot
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Split-Second ‘Phantom’ Images Can Fool Tesla’s Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet
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The Contest to Protect Almost Everything on the Internet

Hundreds of the world's leading cryptographers are competing to develop encryption standards to protect online data against classical and quantum-computing cyberattacks...

In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life
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In Singapore, Facial Recognition Getting Woven Into Everyday Life

Singaporeans will be able to access government and other services through a facial recognition feature in its SingPass national identity program.

U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security
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U.S. Moves to Protect Technologies Considered Critical to National Security

The U.S. National Security Council on Thursday issued guidelines to protect technologies crucial to national security.

CA Says General Motors Can Test Fully Driverless Cars on Its Roads
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CA Says General Motors Can Test Fully Driverless Cars on Its Roads

"Before the end of the year, we'll be sending cars out onto the streets of SF—without gasoline and without anyone at the wheel," Cruise CEO Dan Ammannwrote in a...

‘Machines Set Loose to Slaughter’: the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
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‘Machines Set Loose to Slaughter’: the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

How Old is Your Brain?
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How Old is Your Brain?

Machine learning can help assess the physical age of one’s brain.

AI Shakes Up the Seismology World
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AI Shakes Up the Seismology World

Artificial intelligence is reshaping our understanding of earthquakes and other seismological events

Algorithm Sharpens Focus of Most Powerful Microscopes
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Algorithm Sharpens Focus of Most Powerful Microscopes

Researchers have developed an algorithm to enhance the resolution and accuracy of the world's most powerful microscopes.

AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish
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AI Could Help Find Cheaper, Smarter Ways to Raise Fish

Artificial intelligence researchers at Norwegian telecommunications carrier Telenor's Norwegian Open AI Lab are testing AI models to reduce costs and increase efficiency...

The Future of the Supply Chain
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The Future of the Supply Chain

Experts agree supplies increasingly will be near-sourced.

AI Helping Scientists Discover Fresh Craters on Mars
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AI Helping Scientists Discover Fresh Craters on Mars

A machine learning tool is helping to identify newly made craters on the surface of Mars.

Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future
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Australia's Report on Agtech Confirms Technology Can Lead to Fertile Future

A new report says emerging technologies could enhance the productivity, diversity, and profitability of Australia's agricultural sector.

Flawed Algorithm Used to Determine U.K. Welfare Payments Is 'Pushing People Into Poverty'
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Flawed Algorithm Used to Determine U.K. Welfare Payments Is 'Pushing People Into Poverty'

Human Rights Watch warns a flawed algorithm for calculating monthly social security benefits in Britain is causing hunger, debt, and psychological distress.

AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows
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AI Can Detect Covid-19 in the Lungs Like a Virtual Physician, Study Shows

Researchers developed an artificial intelligence algorithm that is almost as accurate as a physician in diagnosing Covid-19 in the lungs and distinguishing Covid...

In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women
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In Facial Recognition Challenge, Top-Ranking Algorithms Show Bias Against Black Women

Facial recognition algorithms have higher false-positive and lower false-negative rates for Black women, eyeglass wearers, and young children.

IST Researchers Exploit Vulnerabilities of AI-Powered Game Bots
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IST Researchers Exploit Vulnerabilities of AI-Powered Game Bots

A new algorithm trains an adversarial bot to automatically identify and exploit the weaknesses of master game bots trained by deep reinforcement learning algorithms...
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