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The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam
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The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam

A New York City law requires algorithms used in hiring to be "audited" for bias. It's the first in the US—and part of a larger push toward regulation.

The Head of the CIA Says It's Been Doing Mysterious Cryptocurrency Work
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The Head of the CIA Says It's Been Doing Mysterious Cryptocurrency Work

Naturally, rumors are spreading about the origins of Bitcoin.

Wildfire Dataset Helps Firefighters Save Lives, Property
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Wildfire Dataset Helps Firefighters Save Lives, Property

Scientists have built the WildfireDB dataset for simulating the spread of wildfires to help study wildfires and guide emergency response and evacuations.

Generating a Realistic 3D World
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Generating a Realistic 3D World

Researchers developed the ThreeDWorld platform to simulate high-fidelity audio and visual environments.

World's Largest Lab-Grown Steak Unveiled by Israeli Firm
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World's Largest Lab-Grown Steak Unveiled by Israeli Firm

Researchers at the Israeli firm MeaTech 3D said they have grown a 4-ounce steak in a lab, the largest produced thus far.

Building Human-Robot Relationships Through Music and Dance
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Building Human-Robot Relationships Through Music and Dance

A performance called FOREST is exploring trust through creative collaboration.

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down
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Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

Many solar and wind projects face a problem: getting the energy from where it's made to where it's needed. 

FBI Document Shows How Popular Secure Messaging Apps Stack Up
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FBI Document Shows How Popular Secure Messaging Apps Stack Up

An FBI document details the agency's ability to legally access content from secure messaging applications.

Algorithm Shows Under the Right Conditions, Mosquitoes Flourish in Winter
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Algorithm Shows Under the Right Conditions, Mosquitoes Flourish in Winter

A machine learning-based algorithm can precisely forecast microclimatic temperature within breeding grounds of Aedes albopictus mosquitoes.

Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery
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Taking Some Guesswork Out of Drug Discovery

The deep learning GeoMol model can rapidly predict the three-dimensional shapes of drug-like molecules, which could expedite drug discovery.

Researchers Develop Algorithm to Increase Efficiency of Quantum Computers
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Researchers Develop Algorithm to Increase Efficiency of Quantum Computers

A collaboration between researchers has yielded a scheme to boost quantum computers' speed and efficiency.

Mobile Weed Killer for Tree Nurseries
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Mobile Weed Killer for Tree Nurseries

Researchers have developed a mobile robot system that tree nurseries could deploy to remove weeds without the use of herbicides.

AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.
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AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.

An outage of Amazon Web Services Tuesday angered millions of U.S. users

How Australian Police will Use DNA Sequencing to Predict What Suspects Look Like
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How Australian Police will Use DNA Sequencing to Predict What Suspects Look Like

The technology, seen as a "gamechanger" for forensic science, raises privacy and racial profiling issues.

Tech Companies Join the Fight to Take Down Hacking Groups
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Tech Companies Join the Fight to Take Down Hacking Groups

Google and Microsoft are taking on hackers.

Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun
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Amazon Helping Researchers Study How to Dim the Sun

Amazon Web Services has donated cloud computing time to help climate scientists create simulations of the Earth from 2035 to 2070.

Bots Talk Like Humans but Their Cloned Personalities Give Them Away
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Bots Talk Like Humans but Their Cloned Personalities Give Them Away

Researchers explored social spambots' behavior on social media, interaction with genuine accounts, and current bot technologies' capabilities.

Car Hackers Could Drive You Off the Road (or They Might Settle for Money)
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Car Hackers Could Drive You Off the Road (or They Might Settle for Money)

Automotive cybersecurity is a cat-and-mouse game, with the good guys and bad guys constantly chasing each other.

A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules
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A Bitcoin Boom Fueled by Cheap Power, Empty Plants, and Few Rules

Cryptocurrency miners are flocking to New York's faded industrial towns, prompting concern over the environmental impact of huge computer farms.

Wave Goodbye to Window Washers
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Wave Goodbye to Window Washers

Robots are taking their jobs.
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