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Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers
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Walmart Turns to VR to Pick Middle Managers

Virtual reality training is becoming more common in a range of industries.

Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030
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Robots Could Take 20 Million Manufacturing Jobs by 2030

A study by Oxford Economics anticipates machines will replace human workers in about 20 million manufacturing jobs across the world over the next decade.

How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want
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How E-Commerce Sites Manipulate You Into Buying Things You May Not Want

E-commerce websites sometimes use devious techniques to manipulate consumers into purchasing items and online services they may not otherwise want.

Stanford Develops 'Autofocals'--Glasses that Track Your Eyes to Focus on What You See
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Stanford Develops 'Autofocals'--Glasses that Track Your Eyes to Focus on What You See

New prototype glasses automatically restore proper vision to people who ordinarily would need multifocal progressive lenses.

New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now
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New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now

A new digital forensics technique holds the potential to protect world leaders and celebrities from artificial intelligence-doctored "deepfake" videos.

Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy
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Facebook ­nleashes Software to Make Programming Robots Easy

Facebook has open-sourced a new software framework to simplify robotic programming.

Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered
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Over 2,000 Fake Android Apps Discovered

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia found 2,040 counterfeit programs among more than 1 million Google Play apps.

Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins
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Astronomy Bot Speeds Search for Jupiter's Twins

A new astronomy algorithm can help identify stars around which planets may revolve.

Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning
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Researchers Develop 'Vaccine' Against Attacks on Machine Learning

New techniques can "vaccinate" algorithms against adversarial attacks.

Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside
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Florida's Latest Oddity: Semi Trucks With Nobody Inside

Startup Starsky Robotics is testing unmanned semi trucks on public roads in Florida.

Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years
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Gender Gap in Computer Science Won't Close for 100 Years

A study by the nonprofit Allen Institute predicts women writing published computer science research will not achieve gender equality in this century.

Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones
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Harnessing Public Smartphones to Track Drones

A new method of tracking unfamiliar drones leverages consumer smartphones to detect the Wi-Fi signals of nearby drones.

New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning
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New AI Programming Language Goes Beyond Deep Learning

General-purpose language works for computer vision, robotics, statistics, and more.

Quantum Internet Emerging, One Experiment at a Time
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Quantum Internet Emerging, One Experiment at a Time

Recent milestones in transmitting, storing, and manipulating quantum data have some physicists expecting the imminent creation of a proof-of-principle quantum network...

SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students
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SoNIC Program Empowers Diverse CS Students

Cornell University's SoNIC workshop, now in its ninth year, has exposed hundreds of minority students from across the U.S. to computer science, and to the prerequisites...

NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi
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NASA Hack ­sed Raspberry Pi

A federal review of a 2018 data breach at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory discovered an unauthorized Raspberry Pi computer was exploited to access the network,...

Robotic Fish Powered by Electronic Blood Can Swim for 36 Hours
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Robotic Fish Powered by Electronic Blood Can Swim for 36 Hours

Researchers at Cornell University have developed a robotic fish that is powered by its own artificial circulatory system.

Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages
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Java, JavaScript Remain Most Popular Programming Languages

Java and JavaScript continue to be the most-used programming languages, with the former the most popular primary coding language, and the latter the most used overall...

Eavesdropping on the Brain
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Eavesdropping on the Brain

Putting sound to thought, to hear what the brain is 'hearing.'

CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer
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CM­ Among First to Pilot New 'Perlmutter' Supercomputer

Carnegie Mellon University's Zachary Ulissi will be among the first scientists to use the U.S. National Energy Research Scientific Computing Center's Perlmutter...
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