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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge
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RIT Researchers Win First Place in Facebook Research Eye-Tracking Challenge

RIT researchers took the top prize in Facebook Research's OpenEDS Challenge for developing a real-time eye-tracking technique.

Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle
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Marines Try Using Drones to Bring Blood to Battle

Startup Zipline has demonstrated how next-generation delivery drones could bring medical and other supplies to the battlefield.

Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation
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Rebel Robot Helps Researchers Understand Human-Machine Cooperation

Researchers have developed a handheld robot that predicts a user's plans,  then frustrates the user by rebelling against those plans, demonstrating an understanding...

Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People
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Surrey AI Research Achieves World-Leading Technology for Visual Recognition of People

A unique, lightweight deep neural network could greatly enhance the use of artificial intelligence's in video surveillance.

 Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age
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Quantum Photonics Spawns Optical Age

Initial applications could include optical quantum sensors, optical quantum transistors, and optically uncrackable quantum encryption.

Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer
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Bioprinting: Living Cells in a 3D Printer

Researchers have developed a high-resolution bioprinting process with completely new materials, involving the use of a special "bio ink" for three-dimensional printing...

Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions
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Robots Can Learn How to Support Teachers in Class Sessions

Robots can learn techniques supportive of teachers in classrooms in only three hours, according to researchers at the universities of Plymouth, Lincoln, and the...

Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands
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Voice Assistants Follow Inaudible Commands

Researchers have developed exploits against voice assistants by encoding inaudible commands in songs and other audio content.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles See Around Corners

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have created a system that perceives tiny fluctuations in ground shadows to ascertain whether an unseen object is...

The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies
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The Drones Are Coming! How Amazon, Alphabet, Uber Are Taking to the Skies

Companies including Amazon, Alphabet's Wing, and Uber, are launching more advanced trials of drone delivery.

Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout
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Tired of Long Lines? Canadian Grocery Chain Debuts Smart Carts with Self-Checkout

Nova Scotia, Canada-based grocery chain Sobeys has launched a pilot program using intelligent shopping carts that scan and weigh items, and allowing customers to...

Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff
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Warning! AI Is Heading for a Cliff

Stuart Russell wants to harness artificial intelligence before it's too late.

Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm
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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds
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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.

Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot
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Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot

Researchers have developed a self-guiding gardening robot that navigates via five pairs of cameras and three-dimensional mapping.

Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison
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Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

About 20 inmates at Michigan's Parnall Correctional Facility have been learning the basics of front-end Web design for the last two months through a program provided...

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments
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Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers created a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments on their own.

Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches
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Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches

Google is rolling out an update to its English-language search engine that vice president of search Pandu Nayak calls "the single biggest change we've had in the...

CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites
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CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites

Researchers  in Germany discovered a new type of Web attack that can compromise content delivery networks into caching and then serving error pages instead of legitimate...
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