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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future
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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.

Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era
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Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era

Demand is on the rise for alternative data that show how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting industries and trade worldwide.

Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference
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Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference

A team of researchers has developed an end-to-end framework for secure computation of artificial intelligence models and batch normalization.

Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records
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Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records

Researchers were able to send 172 terabits per second of data through a single multicore fiber.

Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test
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Coronavirus Disruption Puts Supply Chain Software to the Test

Software firms are strengthening their algorithms as the coronavirus outbreak stresses food supply chains.

COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.
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COBOL Programmers are Back In Demand. Seriously.

States race to upgrade their legacy mainframe systems to meet the cascade of unemployment claims caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Will RISC-V Revolutionize Computing?
From Communications of the ACM

Will RISC-V Revolutionize Computing?

The open instruction set for microprocessors promises to reshape computing and introduce new, more powerful capabilities.

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media
From Communications of the ACM

Deceiving the Masses on Social Media

The social media platforms like their freedom, but information gerrymandering may require legislation to fix.

Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations
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Academics Steal Data From Air-Gapped Systems Using PC Fan Vibrations

Academics have developed a technique for stealing data from air-gapped systems by manipulating the vibrations of the fans inside computers.

Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation
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Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation

Labor and robotics experts say social-distancing directives could spur more industries to automate.

After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light
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After 50 Years of Effort, Researchers Made Silicon Emit Light

Researchers at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Netherlands say they have induced the emission of light from silicon.

NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs
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NASA Created a Game That Lets You Help Map the Ocean's Coral Reefs

A new game can help map the ocean's diversity of coral reefs.

UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road
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UC Berkeley's AI-Powered Robot Teaches Itself to Drive Off-Road

A new robot learning system can learn about the environment through its own experiences in the real world.

Supercomputing Future Wind Power Rise
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Supercomputing Future Wind Power Rise

Cornell University researchers used supercomputers to project scenarios for expanding U.S. wind power capacity.

Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself
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Artificial Intelligence is Evolving All by Itself

Artificial intelligence (AI) is evolving—literally.

Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus
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Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus

Local grocers and large supermarket chains are deploying robots to clean floors, stock shelves, and deliver groceries during the coronavirus pandemic

Supervised Self-Driving Shuttles Move COVID-19 Tests in Florida
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Supervised Self-Driving Shuttles Move COVID-19 Tests in Florida

Self-driving shuttles are transporting COVID-19 tests from a Jacksonville, FL, testing site to a Mayo Clinic processing location.

Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany
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Visualization Tool Illustrates Critical Care Bed Capacities All Over Germany

The tool gives doctors an easy way to see critical care bed capacities in German hospitals.

Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19
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Medical Professionals Tap AI to Combat COVID-19

Artificial intelligence and the Internet of Things are aiding hospitals and healthcare experts in the battle against the coronavirus.

Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years
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Crypto-Mining Botnet Has Been Hijacking MSSQL Servers for Almost Two Years

A malware botnet has been launching brute-force attacks against Microsoft SQL databases for nearly two years.
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