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Algorithms in the Courtroom
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Algorithms in the Courtroom

The use of software to determine bail and sentencing terms has gone mainstream. How fair are these systems?

Toward Computers That Teach Themselves
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Toward Computers That Teach Themselves

The artificial intelligence industry is experiencing a supervised learning revolution, as researchers teach computers to recognize patterns and learn from them....

U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak
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U.S., U.K. Cyber Officials Say State-Backed Hackers Taking Advantage of Outbreak

Cybersecurity officials in the U.S. and the U.K. warn that state-backed hackers and cybercriminals are taking advantage of the coronavirus pandemic.

Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry
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Companies Seek to Pool Medical Records to Create Coronavirus Patient Registry

Software and healthcare companies are seeking to create a registry of COVID-19 patients by gathering medical records from across the country.

Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics
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Machine Learning Reveals New Candidate Materials for Biocompatible Electronics

New machine learning tools can screen self-assembled peptides in an effort to develop electronic devices that are compatible with the human body.

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light
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After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon.

The Origins of Artificial Intelligence
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The Origins of Artificial Intelligence

We will delve into the origins of artificial intelligence and how it burgeoned through the years.

A Guide to Healthy Skepticism of Artificial Intelligence and Coronavirus
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A Guide to Healthy Skepticism of Artificial Intelligence and Coronavirus

Like many tools, artificial intelligence has a role to play, but its effect on the coronavirus outbreak is probably small.

'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone
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'Unkillable' Android Malware Gives Hackers Full Remote Access to Your Phone

A researcher at cybersecurity company Kaspersky Lab found the xHelper malware uses a system of nested programs that makes it difficult to root out.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

AI Techniques Used to Improve Battery Health, Safety
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AI Techniques Used to Improve Battery Health, Safety

A new machine learning method can predict battery health with 10 times greater accuracy than the current industry standard.

UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road
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UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road

A new robot learning system can learn about the environment through its own experiences in the real world.

Supercomputing Future Wind Power Rise
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Supercomputing Future Wind Power Rise

Cornell University researchers used supercomputers to project scenarios for expanding U.S. wind power capacity.

Kraus Named 2020-2021 ACM Athena Lecturer
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Kraus Named 2020-2021 ACM Athena Lecturer

The Bar-Ilan University professor is a world leader in Multi-agent Systems, Automated Negotiation.

Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself
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Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself

Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving—literally.

How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone
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How You'll Get Apple and Google's Contact Tracing Update for Your Phone

The tech giants say everyone will get access to the framework for tracking tools, regardless of which version of iOS or Android they use. Not everyone is convinced...

Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge
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Internet Voting is Not the Solution to the Coronavirus Election Challenge

The scientific evidence is clear: Security risks pose threat to free and fair elections

Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors
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Google, UCSF Collaborate on Machine Learning Tool to Help Prevent Harmful Prescription Errors

A new machine learning model  predicts normal physician drug prescribing patterns, using a patient's electronic health records as input.

Autonomous Robot Could Help in the Search for Signs of Life in Space
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Autonomous Robot Could Help in the Search for Signs of Life in Space

An autonomous robot could be used in the future to search for signs of life in outer space.

Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign
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Docker Servers Targeted by Kinsing Malware Campaign

Over the past few months, a malware campaign has been scanning the Internet for Docker servers running API ports exposed without a password.
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