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EU to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects
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EU to Fund Bug Bounty Programs for 14 Open Source Projects

The European Union will cover the costs of bug bounty programs for 14 open source projects.

Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet’s Precursor, Dies at 81
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Lawrence Roberts, Who Helped Design Internet’s Precursor, Dies at 81

Lawrence Roberts insisted that engineers look for practical uses for the Arpanet, the precursor to the internet.

How the Artificial-Intelligence Program AlphaZero Mastered Its Games
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How the Artificial-Intelligence Program AlphaZero Mastered Its Games

A few weeks ago, a group of researchers from Google's artificial-intelligence subsidiary, DeepMind, published a paper in the journal Science that described an A...

Julia Language Co-Creators Win James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software
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Julia Language Co-Creators Win James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software

The three scientists who co-created the Julia programming language will be awarded the 2019 James H. Wilkinson Prize for Numerical Software.

Rail Passengers to Benefit From New GPS Technology as Early as Next Month
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Rail Passengers to Benefit From New GPS Technology as Early as Next Month

New global positioning system technology will be deployed on rail systems in the U.K. starting in January.

AI Can Easily Break Text CAPTCHA
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AI Can Easily Break Text CAPTCHA

A new machine learning algorithm can crack most text-based CAPTCHAs within 0.05 seconds.

Wake-Up Timer Saves Power for IoT Sensors
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Wake-Up Timer Saves Power for IoT Sensors

A new "battery-less" wake-up timer substantially lowers the power consumption of silicon chips for Internet of Things sensor nodes.

Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home
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Toyota Wants to Put a Robot Friend in Every Home

Toyota envisions robots becoming commonplace in homes as companions to senior citizens.

Pluto Explorer Ushering in New Year at More Distant World
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Pluto Explorer Ushering in New Year at More Distant World

The spacecraft team that brought us close-ups of Pluto will ring in the new year by exploring an even more distant and mysterious world.

The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.
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The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.

The U-boat seems to loom out of the blackness, careening to starboard, as if to avoid a collision.

As Air Taxis Arrive, Software Issues Arise
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As Air Taxis Arrive, Software Issues Arise

Urban 'flying car' technology is almost here, but with proponents haunted by a 1977 helicopter crash, getting safety right is the top priority.

RFID Tag Arrays Can Be Used to Track a Person's Movement
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RFID Tag Arrays Can Be Used to Track a Person's Movement

Radio-frequency identification tags may be used to track movement.

Advancement of AI Opens Health Data Privacy to Attack
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Advancement of AI Opens Health Data Privacy to Attack

Artificial intelligence innovations have created new threats to health data privacy against which current laws and regulations cannot adequately safeguard.

Growing Bio-Inspired Shapes With Hundreds of Tiny Robots
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Growing Bio-Inspired Shapes With Hundreds of Tiny Robots

Researchers have found that hundreds of small robots can work in a team to create biology-inspired shapes without an underlying master plan.

Hardware-Software Co-Design Approach Could Make Neural Networks Less Power Hungry
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Hardware-Software Co-Design Approach Could Make Neural Networks Less Power Hungry

A neuro-inspired hardware-software co-design approach could make neural network training more energy-efficient and faster.

One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine
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One Giant Step for a Chess-Playing Machine

In early December, researchers at DeepMind, the artificial-intelligence company owned by Google's parent corporation, Alphabet Inc., filed a dispatch from the frontiers...

U.S. Passes Bill to Inject $1.2 Billion Into the Quantum Tech Race
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U.S. Passes Bill to Inject $1.2 Billion Into the Quantum Tech Race

The new law, called the National Quantum Initiative Act, allocates up to $1.2 billion in funding to keep American quantum information science competitive on the...

Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles
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Machine Vision Can Create Harry Potter-Style Photos for Muggles

New software can animate the central character in a photograph while leaving the rest of the image untouched.

Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google
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Brazilian Museum Destroyed by Fire Lives on Through Google

Google is helping preserve Brazil's National Museum via a virtual exhibition, three months after the institution's destruction by fire.

An Amoeba Just Found an Entirely New Way to Solve a Classic Computing Problem
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An Amoeba Just Found an Entirely New Way to Solve a Classic Computing Problem

Researchers gave the Traveling Salesman Problem to a "true slime mold" amoeba.
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