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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find
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Search Results Not Biased Along Party Lines, Stanford Scholars Find

A research study did not uncover any apparent political bias in the algorithm of the Google search engine.

Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers
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Swarms of Golf Ball-Sized Robots Could Detect Leaks in the Sewers

Researchers have developed golf ball-sized robots designed to collect data as they float through pipes.

Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First
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Tesla’s Autopilot Could Save the Lives of Millions, But It Will Kill Some People First

The complicated ethics of Elon Musk's grand autonomous vehicle experiment.

Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk
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Cows Wearing VR headsets Might Produce Better Milk

They're happier in virtual fields than confined farms.

Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen
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Most Americans Want the Government to Do More to Protect Our Data. Few Think It Will Happen

A Pew Research Center study found 75% of Americans desire greater government regulation of consumer data, while about an equal percentage doubt the government will...

Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms
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Robot Prototype Shows Promise for Microsurgery on Eyes, Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a continuum robot that achieves multi-scale motion and may allow previously impossible complex microsurgeries. 

With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche
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With Face Scans, Automated Marking, Singapore Carves AI Niche

Singapore has unveiled an effort to become a global leader in artificial intelligence by 2030.

Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption
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Race Is on to Build Quantum-Proof Encryption

Experts say quantum computing could upend data security encryption systems, which rely on factoring large prime numbers—a task easily scalable with the power provided...

Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI
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Maintaining U.S. Dominance in AI

Standards are seen as a way to eliminate bias and incorporate trustworthiness in artificial intelligence, even as the U.S. seeks to secure its lead in the field...

NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’
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NYC Tells FedEx to Get Their Delivery Robots ‘Off Our Streets’

Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted, "We didn't grant permission for these to clog up our streets. If we see any of these bots we'll send them packing."

Older IT Workers Left Out Despite Tech Talent Shortage
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Older IT Workers Left Out Despite Tech Talent Shortage

U.S. tech sector skews younger than the workforce as a whole, with the largest gap among employees 35 to 44.

Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes
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Army Technique Makes 3D Aerial Maps In Minutes

Researchers have developed a highly efficient photogrammetric method that can turn aerial imagery into accurate three-dimensional (3D) surface maps in near-real...

Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos
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Google Assistant on Android Devices Could Be Tricked Into Taking Photos, Videos

Researchers at cybersecurity company Checkmarx reported flaws in the Google Assistant on Android devices that would allow hackers to take photos and videos without...

Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice
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Australia Releases Draft IoT Cybersecurity Code of Practice

The Australian government has issued a draft code of practice for Internet of Things cybersecurity, with a public consultation to run until March 1, 2020.

Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'
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Tech Companies Step Up Fight Against 'Deepfakes'

Companies such as Facebook, Twitter, and Google are working to slow the spread of maliciously doctored content, known as deepfakes, ahead of the 2020 election. ...

Supercomputers Simulate Solar Flares to Help Physicists Understand Magnetic Reconnection
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Supercomputers Simulate Solar Flares to Help Physicists Understand Magnetic Reconnection

A team of researchers has developed a supercomputer simulation that successfully models a key part of a process that produces solar flares.

IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over
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IBM: The Fight Against A.I. Bias Is Never Over

"When you deliver an A.I. system ...every design choice, not just training data, can bring unconscious bias."

Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?
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Video Game Addiction is Now Being Recognized—What Happens Next?

Finding help can be a struggle for gamers who feel their playing has gotten out of control.

States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It
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States, Cities Make Cybersecurity Pledge After Trump Administration Rejects It

Several U.S. state and local governments are signing an international pledge aimed at making cyberspace safer, even though the Trump administration will not endorse...

Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights
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Las Vegas Brings AI to Traffic Lights

Las Vegas is using artificial intelligence to facilitate real-time traffic analysis in order to relieve traffic congestion.
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