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Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans
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Robots on the March to Walking Like Humans

Researchers have found that the better a robot can balance, the better prepared it will be for walking like a human.

Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments
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Biotech Companies Tap AI to Speed Path to Coronavirus Treatments

Companies seeking treatments for the coronavirus increasingly are using artificial intelligence to speed up their drug-discovery efforts.

Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow
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Introducing the Light-Operated Hard Drives of Tomorrow

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne created a proof of concept platform for hard drives that will be smaller, faster, and more energy...

 The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines
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The Battle Over Autonomous Killing Machines

Should lethal autonomous weapon systems be programmed to strike and kill without direct human oversight?

Record Set for Cryptographic Challenge
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Record Set for Cryptographic Challenge

A team of computer scientists in France and the U.S. has set a record for integer factorization, a major challenge in the security of most public key cryptography...

Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students
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Education Robots Offer Leg-Up to Disadvantaged Students

Some education experts think robots can help disadvantaged children.

Where AI Jobs are Exploding in Number (It's Not in Silicon Valley)
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Where AI Jobs are Exploding in Number (It's Not in Silicon Valley)

Four states account for 90% of all ZipRecruiter-advertised jobs requiring advanced artificial intelligence skills, and 60% of all artificial intelligence jobs on...

Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out
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Small Robots Could Help Look After Salmon Without Stressing Them Out

Salmon seem to prefer small robots to larger ones, a discovery that could help guide how fish farms are automated.

Panel Outlines Massive Federal Cybersecurity Overhaul
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Panel Outlines Massive Federal Cybersecurity Overhaul

The Congressional Cyberspace Solarium Commission report on the state of cybersecurity in the U.S. included sweeping recommendations for shoring up cyberdefense....

Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard
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Buffed-Up Avatars Deter Us From Exercising Hard

Researchers demonstrated that virtual reality users are more likely to exercise better when vying with realistic, rather than idealized, avatars of themselves. ...

Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media
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Facebook, Twitter Suspend Russian-Linked Operation Targeting African Americans on Social Media

Facebook and Twitter suspended a Russian-linked campaign designed to inflame racial tensions among African Americans in the U.S.

How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?
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How Secure Are Four, Six-Digit Mobile Phone PINs?

Information technology security experts assessing personal identification numbers codes for securing smartphones found six-digit PINs offer little more security...

Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition
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Tech Firms Seek to Head Off Bans on Facial Recognition

Technology companies increasingly are backing proposed laws that would limit the use of facial recognition systems, in an effort to head off more restrictive bills...

Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers
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Research Team Develops Voice Localization Techniques for Smart Speakers

Researchers have created a system that uses the Amazon Alexa smart speaker's microphone array in combination with echoes of one’s voice to localize a user's whereabouts...

Modern RAM Still Vulnerable to Rowhammer Attacks
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Modern RAM Still Vulnerable to Rowhammer Attacks

Extensive mitigations deployed during the last six years have failed to eliminate modern random-access memory (RAM) cards' vulnerability to Rowhammer exploits. ...

Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores
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Showing Robots How to Do Your Chores

A new system allows robots to learn complicated tasks that would normally confuse them with too many complicated rules.

A Filter for Cleaner Qubits
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A Filter for Cleaner Qubits

Researchers in Japan have developed a way to increase the lifetime of qubits inside quantum computers, through the use of an additional "filter" qubit.

China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus
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China Tech Groups Censored Information About Coronavirus

Researchers said Chinese social media platforms censored keywords related to the coronavirus outbreak as early as December, potentially limiting the Chinese public's...

Spy in Your Pocket
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Spy in Your Pocket

Smartphones can analyze virtually every aspect of your personality, beliefs, and behaviors.

Edinburgh Researchers Use Drones to Map Retreating Andes Glaciers
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Edinburgh Researchers Use Drones to Map Retreating Andes Glaciers

Researchers are using drones to capture images of some of the tallest glaciers in the Andes Mountains as they retreat, the result of climate change.
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