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AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods
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AI Researchers Condemn Predictive Crime Software, Citing Racial Bias, Flawed Methods

A coalition of more than 1,000 researchers, academics, and experts in artificial intelligence condemned soon-to-be-published research claims of predictive crime...

Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots
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Windows 10 Critical Process Failure: Microsoft Admits June Updates are Triggering Reboots

Forced reboots are affecting some machines running Windows 10 version 1809 and above.  

GDPR's Two-Year Review Flags Lack of 'Vigorous' Enforcement
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GDPR's Two-Year Review Flags Lack of 'Vigorous' Enforcement

Front and center for GDPR enforcement is the issue of resourcing for national data protection authorities tasked with providing oversight and issuing enforcement...

Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm
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Wrongfully Accused by an Algorithm

In what may be the first known case of its kind, a faulty facial recognition match led to a Michigan man's arrest for a crime he did not commit.

President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa
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President Trump Just Suspended the Tech Industry's Favorite Visa

The administration said the move will give U.S. workers access to an additional 525,000 jobs. But sectors with lots of H-1B visas tend to have low unemployment....

Your Smart Home Devices Could All Be About to Stop Working
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Your Smart Home Devices Could All Be About to Stop Working

Experts say thousands of connected smart home devices could shut down with the expiration of their Secure Sockets Layer certificates.

Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running
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Manufacturers Use Technology to Stay Running

Venture-backed startups are providing software, sensors, robotics, and artificial intelligence tools to help factories open safely amid the coronavirus pandemic...

Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency
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Machine Learning Clusters in Azure Hijacked to Mine Cryptocurrency

Microsoft's Azure Security Center reported a cryptojacking scheme in which attackers hijacked machine learning clusters inside the Azure cloud computing service...

Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi
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Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi

Looking at solutions to handle growing Wi-Fi traffic.

Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers
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Quantum Satellite Links Extend More Than 1,000 Kilometers

The new system brings us one step closer to practical quantum cryptography.

Japanese Supercomputer, Crowned World's Fastest, is Fighting Coronavirus
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Japanese Supercomputer, Crowned World's Fastest, is Fighting Coronavirus

The newly crowned world's fastest supercomputer is being deployed in the fight against the coronavirus.

Apple to Ditch Intel Chips in Macs as It Consolidates Its Power
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Apple to Ditch Intel Chips in Macs as It Consolidates Its Power

The move, announced in the live-streamed start to the company's conference for developers, marks the end of a 15-year partnership.

A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office
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A Multibillion-Dollar Opportunity: Virus-Proofing the New Office

Tech, catering and design companies are rushing to sell employers on fever scanners, box lunches, and office floor-planning apps for social distancing. But it's...

USC Researchers Develop State-of-the-Art Biometric Security Systems
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USC Researchers Develop State-of-the-Art Biometric Security Systems

Researchers at the University of Southern California's Information Sciences Institute have developed state-of-the-art biometric security systems.

GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals
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GPS Collars for Lions, Cheetahs: How IoT, Open Source Are Protecting Rare Animals

Smart Parks is testing lightweight GPS collars that can be fitted to lions and cheetahs in Liwonde, Malawi.  

Chinese Researchers Unveil AI That Can Turn Simple Sketches Into Fake Photorealistic Pictures
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Chinese Researchers Unveil AI That Can Turn Simple Sketches Into Fake Photorealistic Pictures

A new artificial intelligence can convert simple sketches of a face into photorealistic images.

L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws
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L.A. County Primary Voting Was Plagued With Technology Flaws

The Los Angeles County Registrar's Office attributes delays and long lines during the March 3 primary election to a feature of its new electronic voting system....

Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close
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Amazon Deploys AI 'Distance Assistants' to Notify Warehouse Workers if They Get Too Close

Amazon has deployed a new artificial intelligence tool to help employees follow social distancing rules.

Andrew Yang Is Pushing Big Tech to Pay Users for Data
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Andrew Yang Is Pushing Big Tech to Pay Users for Data

It's called the Data Dividend Project.

Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet
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Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet

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