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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight
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Tech Giant Brings Software to a Gun Fight

Stepping into a charged social issue, Silicon Valley tech giant Salesforce.com has asked retailers to stop selling military-style rifles, or stop using its software...

China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to U.S. Threats
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China Pushes Self-Made Chips In Response to U.S. Threats

China is stepping up efforts to design and manufacture semiconductors, but self-sufficiency is a long way off .

Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia
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Immersive Ethics Tool Helps Developers Avoid Internet of Things Dystopia

Researchers have developed an immersive experience that brings users into the world of a fictitious Internet of Things start-up.

This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps
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This Robot Helps You Lift Objects--By Looking at Your Biceps

A new robotic system uses machines to help people lift objects by monitoring their muscle movements, producing a smoother robot-human collaboration.

Hospital System Uses AI to Predict Deadly Condition
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Hospital System Uses AI to Predict Deadly Condition

The Montefiore Health System and its affiliated medical school in New York are employing artificial intelligence to predict a common respiratory malady among patients...

Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China
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Driverless Delivery Vans Are Here as Production Begins in China

Chinese startup Neolix has initiated mass production of self-driving delivery vehicles.

Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes
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Viewing the Web Through Colorblind Eyes

How Web designers develop sites to ensure the colorblind can perceive them.

Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship
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Ghanaian All-Girls Robotic Team Winner of the World Robofest Championship

Team Acrobot, an all-girls robotics team from Ghana, won the 20th edition of the World Robofest Championship at Lawrence Technological University in Southfield,...

OECD Members, Including U.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer
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OECD Members, Including U.S., Back Guiding Principles to Make AI Safer

More than 40 member nations of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development are supporting principles to improve the transparency of artificial intelligence...

Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps
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Drone Can Transform into a Tiny Car to Slide Under Small Gaps

A new shape-shifting drone flies, and can transform into a car once it touches down.

Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation
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Bringing Human-Like Reasoning to Driverless Car Navigation

A new system could enable autonomous vehicles to navigate complex environments by checking a basic global positioning system-like map and employing video feeds....

In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc
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In Baltimore and Beyond, Stolen NSA Tool Wreaks Havoc

Ransomware that has frozen thousands of computers in Baltimore and crippled many city services contains a key element developed by the U.S. National Security Agency...

'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'
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'Mona Lisa' Comes to Life in Computer-Generated 'Living Portrait'

Researchers have created artificial intelligence-animated portraits of the Mona Lisa as digitally modified images or "deepfakes."

These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory
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These Hidden Women Helped Invent Chaos Theory

New material provides a fuller, fairer account of the birth of chaos.

Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China
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Robots Conduct Daily Health Inspections of Schoolchildren in China

More than 2,000 preschools in China are using a robot to check the health status of students each day before they enter the classroom.  

Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI
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Framework Improves 'Continual Learning' for AI

Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a new framework for deep neural networks that allows artificial intelligence systems to better learn...

Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health
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Comcast Is Working On An In-Home Device to Track People's Health

Researchers at Comcast are developing an in-home device to monitor people's basic health metrics using ambient sensors, with plans of launching a pilot test later...

How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game
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How Amazon Turned the Tedium of Warehouse Work Into A Game

Amazon has developed a videogame-like competition aimed at making warehouse workers' jobs less tedious, in order to boost their productivity.

NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities
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NASA Tests Managing Drones in Cities

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration has initiated the last stage of a four-year project to develop a national drone traffic management system...

Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots
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Ford's Way to Finish Driverless Deliveries: Package-Carrying Robots

Researchers at Ford are working to incorporate into the company’s driverless delivery system an android capable of carrying a 40-pound load.
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