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Columbia's Army Ants Youth Robotics Team Wins International Award for Smart Compression Stocking
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Columbia's Army Ants Youth Robotics Team Wins International Award for Smart Compression Stocking

Army Ants, a youth robotics team from Columbia, MO, won the 2021 Global Innovation Design Award in the FIRST Robotics Competition for a smart compression stocking...

GitHub Previews AI Tool That Makes Coding Suggestions
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GitHub Previews AI Tool That Makes Coding Suggestions

GitHub partnered with OpenAI to develop GitHub Copilot, which uses artificial intelligence to make it easier to learn to code.

The New Form of Currency
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The New Form of Currency

Central bank digital currencies hold the promise—and peril—of changing money as we know it.

UOC Team Develops Neural Network to Identify Tiger Mosquitoes
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UOC Team Develops Neural Network to Identify Tiger Mosquitoes

A deep neural network can learn to identify tiger mosquitoes using a large set of images captured on mobile phones and uploaded to the Mosquito Alert platform by...

The Fed's Digital Dollar could Bring Millions into the Digital Economy
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The Fed's Digital Dollar could Bring Millions into the Digital Economy

A Fed-backed digital dollar would in theory function like cash and could usher unbanked or underbanked Americans into the digital economy.

U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here
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U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here

The Pentagon says a ban on AI weapons isn't necessary, But missiles, guns and drones that think for themselves already kill people in combat, and have been for...

Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade
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Hidden Costs, Flawed Training Plague the V.A.'s Huge Software Upgrade

A $16-billion effort to modernize health records at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs ran into major problems in its first installation, two watchdog reports...

Could Gen Z Free the World From Email?
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Could Gen Z Free the World From Email?

"It's actually crazy how outdated it is." People born after AOL Mail was invented seem to prefer to communicate in almost any other way.

AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow
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AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow

Technology companies are developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to debug code as software maintenance becomes ever more challenging.

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Facebook and Google have engineered artificial intelligence systems capable of understanding dozens of languages through the efforts of scientists like Alexis Conneau...

'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt
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'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt

Scientists at the Robotor laboratory in Carrara, Italy, are developing sculpting robots to keep the country on the artistic forefront.

MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves
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MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves

Researchers designed an algorithm to help a robot efficiently dress a human, theoretically ensuring human safety by reasoning about the human model's uncertainty...

Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack
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Anatomy of a Ransomware Attack

Inside the hacks that lock down computer systems and damage businesses.

A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China's Rise in AI
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A Global Smart-City Competition Highlights China's Rise in AI

Chinese entrants swept all five categories, featuring technologies to improve civic life. But the advances could also be tools for surveillance.

Data Security Rules Instituted for U.S. Payment Processing System
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Data Security Rules Instituted for U.S. Payment Processing System

New data security rules governing the payment system that facilitates direct deposits and direct payments for nearly all U.S. bank and credit union accounts are...

China Beats Google to Claim the World's Most Powerful Quantum Computer
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China Beats Google to Claim the World's Most Powerful Quantum Computer

Chinese researchers have demonstrated the world's most powerful quantum computer, displacing Google's Sycamore processor as the holder of quantum supremacy.

Technion Study Finds Warmth of AI Systems More Important Than Capability
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Technion Study Finds Warmth of AI Systems More Important Than Capability

Researchers found that potential users of artificial intelligence systems consider such systems’ “warmth” more important than capability and competence.

Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability
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Microsoft's Emergency Patch Fails to Fix Critical 'PrintNightmare' Vulnerability

Researchers warn a Microsoft software patch did not fully correct a flaw in the Windows operating system that allows hackers to commandeer infected networks.

Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws
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Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws

Facebook, Twitter, and Google have threatened to halt service to Hong Kong if the city's government revises its data protection laws to make the companies liable...

Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months
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Fallout From Hack of City Law Department Could Linger for Months

One department official was reassigned, and lawyers still lack remote access to case files, leading to delays with lawsuits.
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