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High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming
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High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming

New technologies aim to make it easier to determine whether companies are honoring their commitments regarding responsible land use, emissions reductions, and human...

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data
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Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says an unnamed federal agency has been the victim of a cyberattack in which a hacker accessed its network...

5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
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5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that expedite cellphone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts.

Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning
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Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning

Researchers developed a deep learning algorithm that enabled a curling robot to beat human players.

To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition
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To Fight Apple and Google, Smaller App Rivals Organize a Coalition

Spotify, Match Group, Epic Games and others have created a nonprofit alliance that they hope will amplify a protest against the power of the giants.

Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?
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Windows Exploit Lets You Instantly Become Admin. Have You Patched?

Zerologon lets anyone with a network toehold obtain the domain-controller password.

Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum
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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone startups increasingly are being targeted by venture investors, due to expected growth in the sector amid technological advancements and federal approvals....

NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing
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NIST Scientists Get Soft on 3D Printing

Researchers at the U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology  have developed a new technique for three-dimensional printing of gels and other soft materials...

People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped
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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

We’re Not Ready for AI, Says Winner of New $1-Million AI Prize
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We’re Not Ready for AI, Says Winner of New $1-Million AI Prize

Regina Barzilay, the first winner of the Squirrel AI Award, on why the pandemic should be a wake-up call.

UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos
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UW Researchers Hone Computer Models to Identify Animals in Photos

Computer models developed by researchers at the University of Wyoming use artificial intelligence to identify images of wild animals in camera-trap photographs....

This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling
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This Raspberry Pi-Powered AI Helps Robots to Sort Through Your Recycling

Researchers at Liverpool Hope University in the U.K. created a tool that can sort materials for recycling by combining a Raspberry Pi 3 model with optical sensors...

Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time
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Stanford-Developed Software Enables Musicians to Jam Together Again in Real Time

A free, open source software package enables real-time sound streaming, allowing musicians to perform together online in real time.

Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term
From ACM TechNews

Cyber Threat to Disrupt Start of U.K. University Term

The U.K.'s National Cyber Security Center is warning colleges and universities that increasing numbers of cyberattacks threaten to disrupt the start of the Fall...

When AI Is the Opposite of Sinister: MIT Researcher Is Held Up as Model of How Algorithms Can Benefit Humanity
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When AI Is the Opposite of Sinister: MIT Researcher Is Held Up as Model of How Algorithms Can Benefit Humanity

The Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence named artificial intelligence researcher Regina Barzilay the first recipient of its new award for...

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing
From Communications of the ACM

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

Thwarting Side-Channel Attacks
From Communications of the ACM

Thwarting Side-Channel Attacks

Deep learning challenges chip security.

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
From Communications of the ACM

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.
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