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Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?
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Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?

Finding help can be a struggle for gamers who feel their playing has gotten out of control.

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It
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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse...

Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights
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Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.

Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell
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Are Hiring Algorithms Fair? Study Finds They're Too Opaque to Tell

A study by Cornell University researchers raises doubts about algorithms' ability to make fair decisions when screening potential hires.

White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative
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White House Updates National Strategic Computing Initiative

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has released an update to the National Strategic Computing Initiative.

Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired
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Intel Fixes a Security Flaw It Said Was Repaired

Researchers discovered the continued existence of vulnerabilities in Intel's computer processors that the company said were patched months ago.

Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?
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Bitcoin Will Burn the Planet Down. The Question: How Fast?

A new paper concludes that it takes more than four times as much energy to mine $1 of bitcoin as mining $1 of copper.

Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before
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Computing Power Needed to Train AI Is Rising Seven Times Faster Than Before

The computational power needed to train AI models is doubling at a rate seven times faster than before.

Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans
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Bots Are More Successful If They Impersonate Humans

A team of researchers found that human-robot interactions are more successful when the bots are able to hide their non-human identity.

Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10
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Team of 'White Hat' Hackers Found Bugs in Amazon Echo, Galaxy S10

A pair of security researchers found vulnerabilities across multiple devices including an Alexa-powered Amazon Echo and a Samsung Galaxy S10 smartphone.

Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them
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Nuclear Warheads? This Robot Can Find Them

Researchers at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory and Princeton University have developed a swarm of autonomous, rolling robots that can identify the source...

Regulating Information Technology
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Regulating Information Technology

Why isn't IT regulated, when it can have such substantial impacts on people's lives?

Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency
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Robots Aim to Boost Astronaut Efficiency

A multitude of robotic assistants for astronauts and rovers are in development to make space exploration more resource-efficient.

Malevolent Machine Learning
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Malevolent Machine Learning

AI attacks throw light on the nature of deep learning.

Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare
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Quantum Radar and the Future of Warfare

Quantum radar could have implications for how we diagnose disease and fight wars.

Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences
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Algorithms to Make Virginia Judges Fairer Have Unintended Consequences

Exploring the unintended consequences of human-algorithmic partnerships, researchers analyzed algorithms intended to reduce Virginia prison populations by assigning...

Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says
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Louisiana Target of Attempted Ransomware Hack, Governor Says

Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards said attackers targeted the state with ransomware that impacted certain state servers, forcing initiation of security protocols...

The Longest Yard in Football
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The Longest Yard in Football

The National Football League is starting to use tracking technology that can distinguish exact distances and measure the value of a single inch, which could dramatically...

Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It
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Room-Sized LED Egg Captures Amazing 3D Models Of People Inside It

Google researchers have designed a prismatic light-emitting-diode (LED) "egg." 

World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux
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World's Fastest Supercomputers Hit Higher Speeds with Linux

The latest Top500 supercomputer ratings found the Oak Ridge National Laboratory's Summit system topping the list with a High-Performance Linpack benchmark of 148...
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