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Will AI Grade Your Next Test?
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Will AI Grade Your Next Test?

Stanford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system designed to provide automated feedback to students taking the online Code in Place...

Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.
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Total Artificial Heart Successfully Transplanted in U.S.

Duke University Hospital surgeons successfully transplanted a total artificial heart developed by France's CARMAT into a 39-year-old patient who had suffered sudden...

Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well
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Researchers Hid Malware Inside an AI's 'Neurons' And It Worked Scarily Well

  In a proof-of-concept, researchers reported they could embed malware in up to half of an AI model's nodes and still obtain very high accuracy.

Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw
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Microsoft Just Published a Workaround for this Important Windows 10 Flaw

Microsoft offers a workaround to a bug that could give attackers the ability to copy an organization's password hashes for offline cracking.

DeepMind Creates 'Transformative' Map of Human Proteins Drawn by AI
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DeepMind Creates 'Transformative' Map of Human Proteins Drawn by AI

DeepMind plans to release hundreds of millions of protein structures for free.

How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives
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How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives

Artificial intelligence's sensory perceptions are advancing toward humanlike capabilities through customized sensors, machine learning, and neural networks.

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.
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No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.

Hydroponic farms are growing crops with innovative technologies, including machine learning algorithms, data analytics, and proprietary software, in the absence...

From Satellite to Smartphone, App Warns Public of Unsafe Water
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From Satellite to Smartphone, App Warns Public of Unsafe Water

A new smartphone application can provide early warnings of cholera contamination in water.

Space-Enabled Drones Deliver Rapid Coronavirus Response
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Space-Enabled Drones Deliver Rapid Coronavirus Response

U.K.-based air mobility company Skyports used satellite-enabled drones to transport coronavirus tests and samples, medicines, and equipment between medical practices...

Screen Recognition Makes Apps More Accessible
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Screen Recognition Makes Apps More Accessible

Apple's Screen Recognition algorithm identifies the metadata necessary to communicate the functions of any app or Web page to the visually impaired.

Algorithm May Help Scientists Demystify Complex Networks
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Algorithm May Help Scientists Demystify Complex Networks

A new algorithm capable of analyzing models of biological systems can lead to greater understanding of their underlying decision-making mechanisms.

100-Qubit Quantum Computing System Unveiled
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100-Qubit Quantum Computing System Unveiled

Startup reveals a unique quantum computing system.

Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe
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Astronomers Use Artificial Intelligence to Reveal the Actual Shape of the Universe

Using artificial intelligence-driven data analysis to peel back the noise and find the actual shape of the universe.

The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself
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The Pentagon Is Bolstering Its AI Systems—by Hacking Itself

A new "red team" will try to anticipate and thwart attacks on machine learning programs.

Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.

Scientists Decipher Activity of the Brain in Deep Sleep
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Scientists Decipher Activity of the Brain in Deep Sleep

A new system can decode the brain's activity during sleep to analyze memory consolidation.

Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper
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Computer Science Professor Wins 'Test of Time' Award for Influential Paper

The University of Southern California's Shang-Hua Teng and his collaborator, Yale University's Daniel A. Spielman, were named to receive the Symposium on Theory...

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires
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How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

The University of California, San Diego's Ilkay Altintas and colleagues have spent eight years helping fire managers and scientists combat wildfires through the...

Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback
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Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

The conservation group Island Conservation plans to use drones to try to eliminate rats on Tetiaroa atoll and two other islands in French Polynesia, beginning in...

Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era
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Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era

Once imagined as a new kind of warfare, government-linked hacking has instead become a widespread and perhaps permanent feature of the global order.
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