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GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges
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GitHub Tops 40 Million Developers as Python, Data Science, Machine Learning Popularity Surges

Microsoft-owned GitHub's annual Octoverse report said its software developer community now exceeds 40 million developers.

Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It
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Burrito Delivered by Bot, as Long as Students Don't Trap It

The Kiwi Campus startup near the University of California, Berkeley, offers robot meal deliveries to students, with remote "pilots" in Colombia setting and adjusting...

Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI
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Only Humans Can Be Accountable For AI

Joanna Bryson is one of the few computer scientists who are experts in both artificial intelligence and natural intelligence.

Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other
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Self-Transforming Robot Blocks Jump, Spin, Flip, Identify Each Other

Researchers have developed self-assembling robotic cubes that can climb over and around one another, leap through the air, and roll across the ground.

AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends
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AI Tool Detects Global Fashion Trends

A new artificial intelligence tool scans millions of publicly available photos to effectively identify fashion trends around the world, as well as traditions and...

European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants
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European Cloud Project Draws Backlash From U.S. Tech Giants

Germany and France are launching a government-backed project to develop European cloud infrastructure, to help local providers compete with U.S. technology companies...

Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security
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Hackers Use a Photograph of a Fingerprint to Bypass Phone Security

A group of researchers claim to have developed a method for bypassing biometric security on smartphones using photographs of fingerprints.

Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers
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Amazon Ring doorbells exposed home Wi-Fi passwords to hackers

Security researchers have discovered a vulnerability in Ring doorbells.

U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia
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U.S. Charges Former Twitter Employees With Spying for Saudi Arabia

Justice Department says the two former employees accessed information about people who made posts critical of the Saudi royal family.

Drones: Getting There Before an Ambulance
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Drones: Getting There Before an Ambulance

Researchers at Maimonides Medical Center found that medical drones carrying emergency supplies can reach 911 callers in New York City significantly faster than...

RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles
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RoboBee Powered by Soft Muscles

Researchers have developed a resilient RoboBee powered by soft artificial muscles that can experience collisions without being damaged.

With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri
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With Laser, Researchers Say They Can Hack Alexa, Google Home, Siri

Researchers used laser pointers and flashlights to effectively hijack digital assistants like Google Home, Amazon's Alexa, and Apple's Siri from hundreds of feet...

International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy
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International Study Finds Major Inequities in Computer Literacy

A study by the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement found inconsistent computer literacy rates across 12 countries.

Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections
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Better Autonomous 'Reasoning' at Tricky Intersections

A new model can help autonomous vehicles determine when it is safe to proceed into traffic at intersections with obstructed views.

NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan
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NJ Governor Unveils Computer Science for All State Plan

The plan includes $2 million in state grants to help schools establish advanced, high-quality computer science programs.

Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness
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Henry Kissinger Warns That AI Will Fundamentally Alter Human Consciousness

"I've become convinced that AI and the surrounding disciplines are going to bring a change in human consciousness, like the Enlightenment."

This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance
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This MIT Robot Wants to Use Your Reflexes to Walk and Balance

Researchers have developed a teleoperation system that allows a two-legged robot to "borrow" a human operator's physical skills to move with greater agility. 

Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show
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Military Algorithm Can Predict Illness 48 Hours Before Symptoms Show

Researchers in two U.S. Department of Defense units collaborated with a health IT company to develop a predictive algorithm that determines if a service member...

Patent Office Seeks Help From AI
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Patent Office Seeks Help From AI

The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office is expanding its use of artificial intelligence to handle a steadily increasing number of patent applications, including an...

The Internet Is Getting Less Free
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The Internet Is Getting Less Free

Election interference and government surveillance on social media are hurting Internet freedoms.
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