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AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems
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AI Enables Teachers to Rapidly Develop Intelligent Tutoring Systems

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created an artificial intelligence-based technique to help educators rapidly develop intelligent computerized tutoring...

Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says
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Quibi, JetBlue and Others Gave Away Email Addresses, Report Says

Personal data from millions of customers ended up with Google, Facebook, and other trackers, making it easier for them to be tracked online and targeted with ads...

How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment
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How A.I. Steered Doctors Toward a Possible Coronavirus Treatment

Specialists at the London start-up BenevolentAI helped identify the arthritis drug baricitinib, which is now part of a clinical trial.

New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient
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New Design Could Make Fiber Communications More Energy Efficient

A new optical device emits light in one direction, to make fiber communications more efficient.

AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI
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AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence program that could greatly accelerate dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) of blood flow.

Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages
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Supply-Chain Attack Hits RubyGems Repository with 725 Malicious Packages

ReversingLabs researchers found more than 725 malicious packages in RubyGems, the official channel for distributing programs and code libraries for the Ruby programming...

Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate
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Beyond Encryption: Protecting Consumer Privacy While Keeping Survey Results Accurate

Researchers have proposed a new technique for permanently altering survey datasets to shield consumers’ privacy, while retaining a reasonable degree of accuracy...

Power to the People
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Power to the People

Artificial Intelligence software helps citizens end-run censors.

Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds
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Do Privacy Controls Lead to More Trust in Alexa? Not Necessarily, Research Finds

Researchers have found that giving smart assistant users the option to adjust settings for privacy or content delivery, or both, does not necessarily increase trust...

2020 Marconi Prize Awarded to Wireless Innovator Goldsmith
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2020 Marconi Prize Awarded to Wireless Innovator Goldsmith

The first woman to win this top communications science award, Goldsmith was honored for her groundbreaking work to deliver high-performing cellular and Wi-Fi services...

Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR
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Device Simulates Feel of Walls, Solid Objects in VR

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have created a device to help simulate the feel of objects in virtual reality.

Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic
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Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption to elections worldwide has rekindled interest in voting online, but experts warn it would be too vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks...

Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot
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Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot

A new system taps human muscle signals via wearable sensors to pilot a robot.

Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs
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Pakistan's Younger Women Riding Digital Wave in Drive for Better Jobs

Social enterprises like Circle have initiated programs to improve women's job prospects in Pakistan's information technology sector.

Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties
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Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Thermal imaging may be used to identify those suspected of having the coronavirus, but civil liberties experts warn such systems will monitor some who may not know...

NTU Singapore Researchers Build Disinfection Robot to Aid Cleaners in COVID-19 Outbreak
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NTU Singapore Researchers Build Disinfection Robot to Aid Cleaners in COVID-19 Outbreak

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have developed a semi-autonomous robot that can quickly disinfect large surfaces.

Annealing Processor Excels at Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems
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Annealing Processor Excels at Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems

Researchers in Japan have developed a new annealer architecture to handle combinatorial optimization problems.

CaixaBank Uses Hybrid of Conventional, Quantum Computers to Classify Risk
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CaixaBank Uses Hybrid of Conventional, Quantum Computers to Classify Risk

CaixaBank in Spain has created a machine learning algorithm to calculate customer credit risk using quantum computing technology.

ACM Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences
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ACM Members Elected to National Academy of Sciences

Eight members of ACM were among the 120 members and 26 international members elected to the National Academy of Sciences this week.

Commercial Quantum Computing Made Possible
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Commercial Quantum Computing Made Possible

Intel is chipping away at quantum computing with its Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip.
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