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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election
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Microsoft Launches Deepfake Detector Tool Ahead of U.S. Election

Microsoft says its Video Authenticator tool was created using a public dataset from Face Forensic++ and tested on the DeepFake Detection Challenge Dataset.

The Enigma of Family Secrets
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The Enigma of Family Secrets

In 53 years of marriage, Goldman never reveals being a member of Alan Turing and Gordon Welchsman's team that built and perfected the machine called the Bombe that...

Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing
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Apple and Google to Make It Easier to Opt In to Virus Tracing

The tech giants said states could soon send notices directly to smartphones asking people to opt in to the technology, which helps trace the coronavirus.

Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation
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Scientists Create Protein Models to Explore Toxic Methylmercury Formation

Researchers at Oak Ridge National Laboratory have developed a computational model of the proteins responsible for the transformation of mercury to toxic methylmercury...

ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious
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ML Model Finds SARS-COV-2 Growing More Infectious

Researchers have developed a novel machine-learning model that suggests SAR-CoV-2 has become more infectious due to genome mutations.

The Future of Work
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The Future of Work

What will office jobs look like after the pandemic?

Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1
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Windows Computers Targets of 83% of Malware Attacks in Q1

Microsoft Windows and Android security evaluator AV Test's 2019/2020 Security Report found malware targeting Windows computers constituted 83.45% of all malware...

Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo
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Autonomous Plane Takes Off with Passengers, Cargo

Pilotless planes are here, and the FAA is getting onboard for short-distance regional transportation.  

Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake
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Robot Boats Leave Autonomous Cars in Their Wake

U.K. ocean-research nonprofit Promare will launch an autonomous boat next spring to retrace the trans-Atlantic journey of the Mayflower.

QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women
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QUT Algorithm Could Quash Twitter Abuse of Women

An algorithm developed at the Queensland University of Technology in Australia can identify misogynistic content on Twitter with 75% accuracy.

Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually
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Parking Technology Aims to Manage Curb Space Virtually

Washington, D.C., is the first U.S. city to test a system that transmits real-time information about curbside parking availability and space size to delivery drivers...

Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Baltimore in Touch with Seniors Through Hurricanes, Pandemic

Baltimore health officials are using a new computer system created by volunteer programmers to keep in touch with senior living facilities during crises like hurricanes...

Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs
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Elon Musk Demonstrates Brain-Computer Tech Neuralink in Live Pigs

Elon Musk's brain-machine interface company, Neuralink, on Friday performed a live demonstration of a wireless interface in three pigs, allowing the animals' neural...

How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?
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How Close Are Computers to Automating Mathematical Reasoning?

AI tools are shaping next-generation theorem provers, and with them the relationship between math and machine.

Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award
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Mockapetris Receives ACM Software System Award

ACM has named Paul Mockapetris to receive the 2019 ACM Software System Award for his development of the Domain Name System.

Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale
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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.

F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won
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F-16 Pilot Took on AI in a Dogfight. Here's Who Won

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency recently hosted virtual "AlphaDogFight Trials," in which an artificial intelligence program easily beat a U.S. Air...

Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides
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Amazon Launches Grocery Store with 'Smart' Shopping Carts, Alexa Guides

Amazon on Thursday opened its first Fresh grocery store in the Woodland Hills neighborhood of Los Angeles, featuring no checkout lines, smart shopping carts, and...

Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus
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Japanese Town to Test Autonomous Amphibious Bus

The Japanese town of Naganohara will test a consortium's autonomous amphibious bus in a trial beginning in December and running through March 2021.

A Science Is Born
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A Science Is Born

The "yeasty" times" when computer research grew at Harvard University, five decades ago.
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