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U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive
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U.S. Dairy Farmers Look for Any Tech Edge in Fight to Survive

U.S. dairy farmers are using technology to boost efficiency and control costs amid low milk prices and Americans buying less milk. 

Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images
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Jigsaw Tool to Help Journalists Spot Doctored Images

Jigsaw has released a free tool, designed to help journalists identify doctored photos, including those generated through the use of artificial intelligence. 

Handheld 3D Skin Printer Demonstrates Accelerated Healing of Large, Severe Burns
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Handheld 3D Skin Printer Demonstrates Accelerated Healing of Large, Severe Burns

A new handheld three-dimensional skin printer can accelerate healing from burns.

Iowa Caucus Chaos Likely to Set Back Mobile Voting
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Iowa Caucus Chaos Likely to Set Back Mobile Voting

The failure of a vote-recording app used in the Iowa Democratic Presidential Caucus may set back online voting.

Teaching Tomorrow's Automobiles to Hear
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Teaching Tomorrow's Automobiles to Hear

A new system allows self-driving cars to recognize external noises such as sirens.

How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias
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How to Design AI that Eliminates Disability Bias

AI has proven to magnify the prejudices that skew human decision making against women and ethnic minorities.

Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus
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Facebook, Google and Twitter Scramble to Stop Misinformation About Coronavirus

Facebook, Google, and Twitter are struggling to prevent misinformation on their platforms about the outbreak of the coronavirus.

New Insights Into How the Human Brain Solves Complex Decision-Making Problems
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New Insights Into How the Human Brain Solves Complex Decision-Making Problems

A new study helps explain how the human brain adapts to complexity in learning and decision-making.

Chatbot Pushback
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Chatbot Pushback

Consumers are underwhelmed by e-commerce chatbots.

Mapping Potholes by Phone
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Mapping Potholes by Phone

A new app for mapping potholes and road quality takes advantage of the accelerometers in smartphones.

Safety Helmet for Firefighters
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Safety Helmet for Firefighters

Researchers have developed a firefighter's helmet equipped with haptic actuators, a control box with a radio module, and other devices to provide real-time information...

MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold
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MIT's 'Smart Surface' Could Improve Your Wi-Fi Signal Tenfold

Researchers have designed a prototype "smart surface" that can concentrate wireless radio signals to maximize reception. 

Self-Learning Heat­ing Control System
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Self-Learning Heat­ing Control System

Researchers have developed a smart heating control system that can assess a building's behavior and provide greater comfort and lower energy costs.

Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census
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Pinterest Bans Misinformation About Voting, Census

The Pinterest platform has banned the posting of misleading information related to voting or the census.

The Secret History of Facial Recognition
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The Secret History of Facial Recognition

Sixty years ago, a sharecropper's son invented a technology to identify faces. Then the record of his role all but vanished.

If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?
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If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can't be far behind.

Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees
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Illinois Law Gives Candidates Rights to Understand How Employers Use Algorithms to Rate Job Interviewees

A new law in Illinois aims to give job candidates a better understanding of how companies use artificial intelligence to screen video interviews.

Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs
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Seeking Tech Talent, Companies Kickstart Apprenticeship Programs

Companies are launching apprenticeship programs to recruit nontraditional staff for entry-level positions in the midst of a technology talent shortage.

Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study
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Virtual Assistants Provide Disappointing Advice When Asked for First Aid, Emergency Information: Study

Researchers have found the major virtual assistants do not live up to their potential in terms of providing users with reliable, relevant information on medical...

Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge
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Digital Twins Give Urban Planners Virtual Edge

Digital twins give urban planners, policymakers, resource managers, asset owners, and citizens more dynamic tools and information about their smart cities.
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