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ML Model Could Remove Bias From Social Network Connections
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ML Model Could Remove Bias From Social Network Connections

A novel machine learning framework can calculate sensitive attributes to help graph neural networks make fair recommendations.

Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry
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Researchers Explore Possibilities for Ultra-Secure Gun Registry

Brown University computer scientists have proposed an ultra-secure, decentralized firearm registry database that allays privacy concerns with encryption.

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets
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AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality.

DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores
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DARPA's Subterranean Challenge Scores

The U.S. Defense Department agency has been sponsoring underground circuit competitions for robotic hardware systems for the last three years.

California Passes Regulation Banning 'Dark Patterns' Under Landmark Privacy Law
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California Passes Regulation Banning 'Dark Patterns' Under Landmark Privacy Law

New rules enacted under California's Consumer Privacy Act bar dark patterns, underhanded practices that encourage users to behave atypically.

Pioneers Linking Math and Computer Science Win the Abel Prize
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Pioneers Linking Math and Computer Science Win the Abel Prize

Avi Wigderson and László Lovász won for their work developing complexity theory and graph theory, respectively, and for connecting the two fields.

ML Models for Diagnosing Covid-19 Not Yet Suitable for Clinical Use
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ML Models for Diagnosing Covid-19 Not Yet Suitable for Clinical Use

Studies describing machine learning models for diagnosing Covid-19 are not yet suitable for detecting or diagnosing the virus from standard medical imaging.

Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity
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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use.

Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast
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Drive-Throughs That Predict Your Order? Restaurants Are Thinking Fast

Many restaurants expect digital ordering and drive-throughs to remain key business channels, and some are testing artificial intelligence to predict and suggest...

Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them
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Fire Safety App Simulates Wildfires, Shows Route to Avoid Them

Researchers have built a mobile wildfire simulation application that provides personalized evacuation routes to anyone in the path of a fire.

Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms
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Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms

Researchers at China's Nanjing Agricultural University discovered unique cybersecurity issues stemming from agricultural Internet of Things applications.

Who Is Making Sure the A.I. Machines Aren't Racist?
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Who Is Making Sure the A.I. Machines Aren't Racist?

When Google forced out two well-known artificial intelligence experts, a long-simmering research controversy burst into the open.

A Quantum Trick with Photons Gives ML a Speed Boost
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A Quantum Trick with Photons Gives ML a Speed Boost

Researchers at Austria's University of Vienna have accelerated machine learning using a quantum trick involving photons.

Rancho Mirage Lands the Country's First 3D-Printed Housing Community
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Rancho Mirage Lands the Country's First 3D-Printed Housing Community

Developer Palari is planning the first three-dimensional-printed housing community in the U.S. in Rancho Mirage, CA.

High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed
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High Severity Linux Network Security Holes Found, Fixed

Positive Technologies' Alexander Popov detected five high-severity security vulnerabilities in the Linux kernel's virtual socket implementation.

Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Computing Community
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Valuing Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in the Computing Community

Improving diversity is everybody’s job.

Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers
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Livestreaming, Still Niche, Grows as a Tool for Retailers

Amazon Live is a prominent example of how interactive video shopping, popularized by TV networks like QVC, has moved online.

White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks
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White House Weighs New Cybersecurity Approach After Failure to Detect Hacks

The intelligence agencies missed massive intrusions by Russia and China, forcing the administration and Congress to look for solutions, including closer partnership...

License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate
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License-Plate Scans Aid Crime-Solving But Spur Little Privacy Debate

Law enforcement agencies increasingly are using data gathered by the vast network of automated license-plate scanners to solve crimes.

Tool Makes Students Better at Detecting Fake Imagery, Videos
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Tool Makes Students Better at Detecting Fake Imagery, Videos

Researchers have devised a digital self-test that trains users to assess news items, images, and videos posted on social media for credibility.
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