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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm
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Researchers Find Racial Bias in Hospital Algorithm

A predictive hospital algorithm was more likely to choose white patients to receive additional medical assistance than black patients.

AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds
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AI Could Help Count How Many People are in Large Crowds

German Aerospace Center researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can accurately count the number of people in large crowds.

Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot
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Meet Edinburgh's 'Trimbot,' the Rose Pruning, Bush Trimming Auto-Gardening Robot

Researchers have developed a self-guiding gardening robot that navigates via five pairs of cameras and three-dimensional mapping.

Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison
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Coding Classes Help Inmates Prepare for Productive Life Outside Prison

About 20 inmates at Michigan's Parnall Correctional Facility have been learning the basics of front-end Web design for the last two months through a program provided...

Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments
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Swarm of Tiny Drones Explores Unknown Environments

Researchers created a swarm of tiny drones that can explore unknown environments on their own.

Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches
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Google Just Got Better at Understanding Your Trickiest Searches

Google is rolling out an update to its English-language search engine that vice president of search Pandu Nayak calls "the single biggest change we've had in the...

CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites
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CPDoS Attack Can Poison CDNs to Deliver Error Pages Instead of Legitimate Sites

Researchers  in Germany discovered a new type of Web attack that can compromise content delivery networks into caching and then serving error pages instead of legitimate...

Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials
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Big Data Technique Reveals Previously Unknown Capabilities of Common Materials

Researchers have found a new way to optimize nickel by unlocking properties that could enable a range of applications, from quantum computing to biosensors. 

Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds
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Use of AI Poised to Grow in State Government, Survey Finds

A survey of state chief information officers found many U.S. states are exploring the use of artificial intelligence.

Soft Actuators Could Make Soft Robots Less Bulky
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Soft Actuators Could Make Soft Robots Less Bulky

University of California, San Diego engineers have developed soft, tubular actuators with electrically driven movements for compact, portable, and multifunctional...

Real-World Applications for Drones
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Real-World Applications for Drones

Unmanned vehicles have a number of compelling real-world use cases.

When Drones Fly
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When Drones Fly

Drone technology is poised to enter the mainstream of business and society, but engineering robust controls remains a challenge.

Information Is Physics
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Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.

Holding Algorithms Accountable
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Holding Algorithms Accountable

How can we battle algorithmic bias?

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach
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Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Researchers have created a robotic arm facilitating light, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback. 

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies
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UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One
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Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations...

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans
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Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Brondby Stadium of Copenhagen, Denmark, is using one of Europe's first large-scale private facial recognition systems to catch those banned from the stadium as...

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat
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Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone...
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