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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.
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Something Bothering You? Tell It to Woebot.

When your therapist is a bot, you can reach it at 2 a.m. But will it really understand your problems?

Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items
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Slender Robotic Finger Senses Buried Items

Researchers have developed a slender robot finger with tactile sensing capabilities that can help locate and identify buried objects.

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...

Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads
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Germany Greenlights Driverless Vehicles on Public Roads

Legislation passed by the lower house of Germany's parliament would permit driverless vehicles on that nation’s public roads by 2022.

Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success
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Why Apple and Google's Virus Alert Apps Had Limited Success

The virus-tracing effort raises questions about the power of Big Tech to set global standards for public health tools.

Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns
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Facial Recognition Software Results in Few Arrests, Raises Concerns

Clearview AI has been marketing facial recognition software to law enforcement around the country. In Minnesota, some agencies are finding out the technology doesn't...

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Auto insurer Geico has partnered with Tractable Ltd. to use artificial intelligence (AI) to obtain accurate damage estimates more quickly in an effort to speed...

EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit
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EU Beefs Up Disinformation Code to Prevent Digital Ad Profit

The EU has released plans to strengthen its three-year-old voluntary code of practice on online disinformation.

Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown
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Russia Pressures Tech Firms to Obey Online Crackdown

Its campaign is part of a global wave of actions by governments that are testing how far they can go to control online speech.

More Efficient LiDAR Sensing for Self-Driving Cars
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More Efficient LiDAR Sensing for Self-Driving Cars

A new machine learning system for driverless cars uses an end-to-end mapless driving framework that taps raw Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) data for autonomous...

The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game
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The Army's Latest Night-Vision Tech Looks Like Something Out of a Video Game

The U.S. Army is training on a new night-vision system that generates a videogame-like view of a scene.

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action
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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues...

Digital Twin Technology a Powerful Tool but Requires Significant Investment, Say Experts
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Digital Twin Technology a Powerful Tool but Requires Significant Investment, Say Experts

Researchers say digital twin technology can play a significant role in predictive and precision medicine and in improving decision-making for aerospace systems....

Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money
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Fed Takes Closer Look at Creating Digital Money

The U.S. wants to make sure it has a prominent seat at the table as the rules of future cross-border payments are drawn.

Microsoft Pushes into Growing Grocery Tech Market with Deal in China
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Microsoft Pushes into Growing Grocery Tech Market with Deal in China

Microsoft's Chinese branch has announced its latest omnichannel retail push to develop cloud-based software for store operators.

Jack Minker (1927–2021)
From Communications of the ACM

Jack Minker (1927–2021)

ACM Fellow Jack Minker was a leader in the development of automating logistic reasoning, but he is perhaps best known for his efforts to promote the social responsibility...

Let the Algorithm Decide?
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Let the Algorithm Decide?

Algorithms fail their first test to replace student exams.
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