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Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe
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Quantum Physics Could Protect the Grid From Hackers, Maybe

Cybersecurity experts have sounded the alarm for years: Hackers are ogling the U.S. power grid.

2019 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced
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2019 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

The CRA board of directors is pleased to announce its selections for the 2019 CRA Awards.

China Is Catching Up to the US on Artificial Intelligence Research
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China Is Catching Up to the US on Artificial Intelligence Research

Researchers, companies and countries around the world are racing to explore—and exploit—the possibilities of artificial intelligence technology.

Software Tracks Activity of Neurons in Real Time
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Software Tracks Activity of Neurons in Real Time

Researchers have developed software to automate the monitoring of neuron activity via a mix of standard computational methods and machine learning techniques.

SpaceX Crew Capsule, With Dummy Astronaut, Docks With Space Station
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SpaceX Crew Capsule, With Dummy Astronaut, Docks With Space Station

A SpaceX capsule autonomously docked with the International Space Station.

Closing the Gender Gap in the Tech Industry
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Closing the Gender Gap in the Tech Industry

Some organizations hope to make the technology sector more inclusive by recruiting more women to the profession.

How Will We Prevent AI-Based Forgery?
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How Will We Prevent AI-Based Forgery?

Artificial intelligence-based forgery has reached a watershed moment.

Amazon to Fund Computer Science Classes at 1,000 U.S. High Schools Through Future Engineer Program
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Amazon to Fund Computer Science Classes at 1,000 U.S. High Schools Through Future Engineer Program

Amazon’s Future Engineer program will fund computer science classes at more than 1,000 high schools in all 50 states by this fall.

Doctor Uses 5G to Direct Surgery Live From Mobile World Congress
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Doctor Uses 5G to Direct Surgery Live From Mobile World Congress

A surgical team in Spain excised a tumor from a patient's colon under the remote direction of a surgeon via a 5G-enabled live video link from Mobile World Congress...

China's Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces
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China's Tech Firms Are Mapping Pig Faces

Chinese technology companies are developing advanced systems to make certain the country's pigs are in good health.

Security Technology Detects Cyberattacks on Drones, Cars, Robots
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Security Technology Detects Cyberattacks on Drones, Cars, Robots

Researchers at Mitsubishi Electric have developed sensor-security technology for detecting inconsistencies in sensor measurements when a system is under attack....

Your Next FedEx Delivery Could Be a Pizza
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Your Next FedEx Delivery Could Be a Pizza

FedEx has unveiled an early model of an autonomous delivery robot.

Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds
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Huawei Goes on Offense in the Battle for Hearts and Minds

Huawei Technologies Co. has turned to a blend of wit, sarcasm and defiance to publicly fight allegations that the world's largest maker of telecommunications equipment...

Exposing Flaws in Metrics for User Login Systems
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Exposing Flaws in Metrics for User Login Systems

Researchers have found that metrics commonly used in research to report the performance of user login systems are flawed, and pose a major security and privacy...

Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack
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Circuit Secures the IoT Against Quantum Attack

A new encryption system performs schemes that classical computers can use, but quantum computers cannot crack.

AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You
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AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You

Researchers suggest that since ethical behavior is not consistent across societies, artificial intelligence systems should be flexible to reflect local law and...

On-Demand Grandkids, Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay
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On-Demand Grandkids, Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay

Companies are offering seniors high-tech solutions and novel services to combat loneliness.

Artificial Intelligence Informs Eating
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Artificial Intelligence Informs Eating

How deep learning food recognition can take the hassle out of watching what you eat.

Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?
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Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?

An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data found only four colleges in the United States with at least 50 bachelor's degree recipients in computer science...

Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices
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Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices

Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance have announced that Android is now FIDO2-certified.
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