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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns
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Federal Government to Expand Use of Facial Recognition Despite Growing Concerns

Federal government to expand use of facial recognition despite growing concerns.

The U.S. Could Be on the Verge of a Productivity Boom
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The U.S. Could Be on the Verge of a Productivity Boom

Rapid adoption of robots and artificial intelligence, combined with a rebound in government investment, is making some economists optimistic.

Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing
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Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing

Google's sister company offers driver-supported rides to some residents in business model test case.

For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road
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For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road

Investors have rushed into startups that promise to have big rigs drive themselves, but a path to commercial markets remains a major challenge.

Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control
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Inflatable Robotic Hand Gives Amputees Real-Time Tactile Control

Engineers have constructed an inflatable neuroprosthetic hand that restored rudimentary sensation to an amputee's residual limb.

Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water
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Imaging, ML Methods Speed Effort to Reduce Crops' Need for Water

New imaging and machine learning tools can analyze the genomic features of plant leaves as a means of increasing water-use efficiency for crops.

Using Your Smartwatch to Reduce Stress
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Using Your Smartwatch to Reduce Stress

University of Houston researchers have constructed a closed-loop system for smartwatch-type wearables to use in collecting data to monitor and lower stress.

Tool Could Help Authors Bust Writer's Block in Novel-Length Works
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Tool Could Help Authors Bust Writer's Block in Novel-Length Works

A new semantic frame forecast tool could help authors overcome writer's block by anticipating the future development of an ongoing novel-length story.

Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage
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Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage

Software startup Tastry Inc. has developed an artificial intelligence model that can help California winemakers salvage grapes damaged by wildfire smoke.

A Peculiar State of Matter in Layers of Semiconductors Could Advance Quantum Computing
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A Peculiar State of Matter in Layers of Semiconductors Could Advance Quantum Computing

Researchers show a superlattice embedded with nanodots may be immune from dissipating energy to the environment, a finding that could benefit quantum computing....

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info
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38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

Misconfigured Power Apps from Microsoft led to more than 1,000 Web apps accessible to anyone who found them.

Answer to Thorny Question Could Unlock Internet Security
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Answer to Thorny Question Could Unlock Internet Security

Cornell University's Rafael Pass and Yanyi Liu explored the EXP vs. BPP problem, which concerns whether randomness exponentially accelerates computations.

Neural Network Helps Augment 3D Micro-CT Images of Fibrous Materials
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Neural Network Helps Augment 3D Micro-CT Images of Fibrous Materials

Researchers have reconstructed three-dimensional micro-computed tomography images of fibrous materials using machine learning.

Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images
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Policy Groups Ask Apple to Drop Plans to Inspect iMessages, Scan for Abuse Images

An open letter from more than 90 policy and rights groups worldwide calls on Apple to drop a plan to scan children's messages for nudity and adults' phones for...

Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest
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Waymo Is 99% of the Way to Self-Driving Cars. The Last 1% Is the Hardest

The world's most famous autonomous car shop has lost its CEO and is still getting stymied by traffic cones. What's taking so long?

A Model Restoration
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A Model Restoration

The architect of the Sagrada Familia appears to have done parametric modeling in his head; software is helping to complete the structure a century later.

Photonic Processors Light the Way
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Photonic Processors Light the Way

Highly efficient light-based processors can overcome the bottlenecks of today's electronics.

Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art
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Non-Fungible Tokens and the Future of Art

A new blockchain-based technology is changing how the art world works, and changing how we think about asset ownership in the process.

How Local Governments are Scaring Tech Companies
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How Local Governments are Scaring Tech Companies

Congress has not regulated tech, so states and cities are stepping in with their own approaches to food delivery apps, artificial intelligence regulation, and,...
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