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Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology
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Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology

The Interspecies I/O forum last week announced the $1-million Coller Prize for Interspecies Conversation, whose backers include rock artist Peter Gabriel and former...

Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App
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Major Security Flaws Found in South Korea Quarantine App

Software engineer Frederic Rechtenstein found a South Korean mobile application designed to enforce pandemic quarantines contained major security flaws that could...

Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data
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Uncovering Crime Patterns Using Location Data

Researchers have demonstrated a method for inferring crime patterns, using anonymized data from location technology platforms.

Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots
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Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots

Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a technique that uses a color camera to enable robots to pick up transparent and reflective objects...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data
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India Seeks to Limit Facebook, Google Dominance Over Online Data

An  expert committee appointed by the Indian government has called for the creation of a new data regulator to oversee the sharing, monetization, and privacy of...

Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully...

Predicting Cyberattacks
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Predicting Cyberattacks

A growing number of researchers are focusing on being more proactive in predicting and preventing cyberattacks, rather than reactively fixing problems later.

Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier
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Deepfake Used to Attack Activist Couple Shows New Disinformation Frontier

A student at the U.K.'s University of Birmingham has been unmasked as fictional by state-of-the-art forensic analysis programs from Israel-based startup Cyabra....

Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells
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Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells

Researchers have three-dimensionally (3D) printed a functioning human heart pump in a laboratory.

Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things
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Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things

The European Commission is mounting an antitrust investigation into the Internet of Things, targeting voice assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. ...

Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk
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Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk

Utah and Georgia are testing vehicle-to-everything technology installed in roads to alert drivers to hazards.

Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX
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Google Announces 100,000 Scholarships for Online Certificates in Data Analytics, Project Management, UX

Google has launched new online certificate programs in data analytics, project management, and user experience design, through the online learning platform Coursera...

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.

U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR
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U.K. Government Test-and-Trace Program Illegal under GDPR

The government skipped essential data privacy impact assessments in its rush to get the system up and running.

Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

Kimera builds a dense three-dimensional semantic mesh of an environment and can track humans in the environment.

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking
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Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking

Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson have joined the World Health Organization effort to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic's threat to smokers, partly with artificial...

A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam
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A Hacker Used Twitter's Own 'Admin' Tool to Spread Cryptocurrency Scam

A hacker this week accessed an "admin" tool on Twitter to commandeer prominent Twitter accounts to spread a cryptocurrency scam, according to a person with direct...

This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You
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This Device Keeps Voice Assistants From Snooping on You

An international team of researchers  has developed a Raspberry Pi-based device that eventually may be able to warn users when Amazon's Alexa and other voice assistants...

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.
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