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Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License
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Robot Pilot That Can Grab the Controls Gets Its License

The ROBOpilot Unmanned Aircraft Conversion System passed the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Practical Test for piloting light aircraft and completed...

Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill
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Coming Soon to a Battlefield: Robots That Can Kill

Tomorrow's wars will be faster, more high-tech, and less human than ever before. Welcome to a new era of machine-driven warfare.

An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft
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An AI First: Voice-Mimicking Software Reportedly Used in a Major Theft

A French insurance company said one of its clients had been victimized by thieves using voice-mimicking software to imitate a company executive and dupe an employee...

MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift
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MIT's Fleet of Autonomous Boats Can Now Shapeshift

Scientists have upgraded a fleet of autonomous boats to autonomously disconnect and reassemble into different forms of floating platforms, in the canals of Amsterdam...

How America's First Digitally Operated Reactor Could Push Nuclear Technology Forward
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How America's First Digitally Operated Reactor Could Push Nuclear Technology Forward

The Purdue University Reactor Number One nuclear plant has switched over from analog to all-digital operation as a testbed for the technology.

British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows
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British Farm Moo-ves into New Tech with 5G Collars on Cows

Researchers at the Agricultural Engineering Precision Innovation Center in the U.K. are testing next-generation 5G mobile technology aimed at helping make dairy...

Amazon Tests Tool That Scans Your Hand to Let You Pay at Whole Foods
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Amazon Tests Tool That Scans Your Hand to Let You Pay at Whole Foods

Amazon is reportedly testing a hand-scanning payments system to enable shoppers to pay for groceries at Whole Foods markets.

Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You
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Google Wants to Help Tech Companies Know Less About You

By releasing its homegrown differential privacy tool, Google will make it easier for any company to boost its privacy bona fides.

Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69
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Sally Floyd, Who Helped Things Run Smoothly Online, Dies at 69

In the early 1990s, Floyd was one of the inventors of Random Early Detection, which continues to play a vital role in the stability of the internet.

Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?
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Algorithms Should’ve Made Courts More Fair. What Went Wrong?

A 2011 Kentucky law requires judges to consult an algorithm when deciding whether defendants must post cash bail. More whites were allowed to go home, but not blacks...

Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms
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Stretchable Wireless Sensor Could Monitor Healing of Cerebral Aneurysms

Researchers have developed a wireless sensor small enough to be implanted in the blood vessels of the human brain.

AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings
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AI-Powered Cameras Become New Tool Against Mass Shootings

Artificial intelligence is transforming surveillance cameras from passive devices into active observers that can identify people, suspicious behavior, and guns....

Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking
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Mysterious iOS Attack Changes Everything We Know About iPhone Hacking

Google researchers discovered thousands of iPhones have been compromised with sophisticated spyware over the last two years, contradicting assumptions about the...

The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech
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The Robo Racing Cars Accelerating Driverless Tech

The Roborace motorsport competition is a testbed for autonomous vehicle technology, as international teams pit driverless electric racing cars against each other...

Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative
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Digital Transformation: A Business Imperative

Advancing to Digital 2.0 can help the modern company anticipate the needs of the customer.

AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test
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AI System Passed an Eighth-Grade Science Test

The Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence introduced an artificial intelligence system that successfully passed an eighth-grade multiple-choice science test...

3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry
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3.8-Million-Year-Old Fossil Cranium Unveils More About Human Ancestry

Researchers have gained new insights into human evolution via digital reconstruction of 3.8-million-year-old fossilized cranium fragments of a hominid from Ethiopia...

Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills
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Companies Use Cyber Ranges to Practice Security Skills

U.S. companies and universities are developing cybersecurity training facilities that model real-world networks and scenarios to educate staff and evaluate theories...

Developing Embedded Systems Faster
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Developing Embedded Systems Faster

Researchers in a consortium of eight partners from six EU countries have created a platform that makes it possible to develop energy-efficient embedded image processing...

French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System
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French Researcher Hacks into Moscow's New E-Voting System

A French cryptographer has exposed a security flaw in an electronic voting system to be used in this month's municipal elections in Moscow.
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