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U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash
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U.S. Banks Deploy AI to Monitor Customers, Workers Amid Tech Backlash

Several U.S. banks are rolling out artificial intelligence systems to analyze customer preferences, monitor employees, and detect suspicious activity near ATMs....

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials
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U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority authorized a trial in which drone company Sees.ai will operate drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight at remote industrial...

A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos
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A Hacker's Nightmare: Programmable Chips Secured by Chaos

Ohio State University scientists demonstrated a method of using physically unclonable functions to thwart hackers.

Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU
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Facial Recognition, Other 'Risky' AI Set for Constraints in EU

The European Commission has proposed new rules constraining the use of facial recognition and other artificial intelligence applications.

A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived
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A Global Tipping Point for Reining In Tech Has Arrived

Never before have so many countries, including China, moved with such vigor at the same time to limit the power of a single industry.

How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy
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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy

Scientists are applying artificial intelligence to weather and climate forecasting to boost accuracy and efficiency.

Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps
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Disney, Ad-Tech Firms Agree to Privacy Changes for Children's Apps

Disney, Viacom, and 10 advertising technology firms will remove or disable tracking software from popular children's gaming apps.

A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas
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A Driverless Tesla Crashed and Burned for 4 Hours, Killing 2 Passengers in Texas

Two men died after a Tesla vehicle, which authorities said was operating without a driver, crashed into a tree in a Houston suburb on April 17.

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack
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A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack

An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other,

Reimagining Contact
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Reimagining Contact

Covid-19, which challenges how we interact with one another, is accelerating the development of touchless technologies.

Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables
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Amazon Building Computer Vision Tech to Check Defects in Fruits, Vegetables

The e-commerce giant's technology can carry out millions of assessments to grade the quality of fruits and vegetables at a cost far below any other method.

Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings
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Combining News Media, AI to Rapidly Identify Flooded Buildings

A machine learning model can help identify flooded buildings within 24 hours of a disaster using news media photos.

AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer
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AWS Reveals Method to Build More Accurate Quantum Computer

Amazon's cloud subsidiary has unveiled a new architecture for a fault-tolerant quantum computer.

Novel Use of 3D Geoinformation to Identify Urban Farming Sites
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Novel Use of 3D Geoinformation to Identify Urban Farming Sites

A study looked at whether three-dimensional city models and urban digital twins could help identify high-rise buildings suitable for urban farming based on sunlight...

Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own
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Robotic Elephant Trunk Can Learn Tasks on Its Own

Researchers  used three-dimensional printing to create a robotic elephant trunk that uses artificial intelligence to emulate how sensory input triggers synaptic ...

Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car
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Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car

Pizza chain Domino's has launched a robot car pizza delivery service to select customers in Houston's Woodland Heights neighborhood.

First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet
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First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet

Researchers in the Netherlands have established an entanglement-based network between three quantum processors for the first time.

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location
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Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Rolf Mueller and colleagues have developed a new technique for identifying the point of origin of a sound....

Geoffrey Hinton Has a Hunch about What's Next for AI
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Geoffrey Hinton Has a Hunch about What's Next for AI

A decade ago, the artificial-intelligence pioneer transformed the field with a major breakthrough. Now he's working on a new imaginary system named GLOM.
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