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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum
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Drone Funding Highlights Sector's Momentum

Drone startups increasingly are being targeted by venture investors, due to expected growth in the sector amid technological advancements and federal approvals....

People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped
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People's Notions About AI Are Terrible, an MIT Study Asks Whether They Can Be Helped

Researchers surveyed several hundred people to determine whether they view artificial intelligence as an agent or a tool.

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
From ACM TechNews

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?
From Communications of the ACM

Who Has Access to Your Smartphone Data?

ISPs, app developers, and even the government may know more about you than you think.

Fran Allen
From Communications of the ACM

Fran Allen: 1932-2020

Frances E. Allen was the first woman recipient of the ACM A.M. Turing Award.

Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service
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Tesco to Trial Drone Delivery Service

U.K. grocery chain Tesco next month will start trialing a drone delivery service in Ireland's County Galway, using unmanned aerial vehicles from Manna to deliver...

Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores
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Bulletproofing RISC-V Cores

The RISC-V open standard instruction-set architecture can improve cybersecurity.

Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch
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Glove-Like Device Mimics Sense of Touch

A soft wearable device developed by engineers at the University of New South Wales Sydney in Australia recreates the sense of touch using haptic technology.

Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death
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Woman Becomes First Healthcare Cyberattack Death

A woman in Germany suffering a life-threatening illness was the first person to die from a cyberattack on a healthcare system.

Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems
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Automated Mobility District 'Digital Twin' Provides Insights for Urban Transportation Systems

Researchers have developed a modeling and simulation toolkit to help researchers and city planners determine the specific advantages and disadvantages of urban...

Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot
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Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot

Walmart said it has partnered with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, NC.

Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug
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Millions of WordPress Sites Are Being Probed, Attacked With Recent Plugin Bug

Defiant Inc. reports millions of WordPress sites have been attacked by hackers exploiting a zero-day vulnerability in the "File Manager" WordPress plugin.

Cities Tap AI to Regulate Short-Term Rentals as Travel Picks Up
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Cities Tap AI to Regulate Short-Term Rentals as Travel Picks Up

U.S. cities and towns are using artificial intelligence to monitor and regulate short-term rentals, with some hoping to spot tax-revenue opportunities during the...

Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?
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Privacy, Blockchain, and IoT--Can We Keep Control of Our Own Identities?

Research has found privacy issues innate to current blockchain platforms, suggesting the technology requires further refinement for consideration of privacy rights...

Can AI Detect Dyslexia?
From ACM News

Can AI Detect Dyslexia?

Researchers try to fill the void of simple, inexpensive dyslexia detection tools with a game, and with handwriting analysis, both supported by artificial intelligence...

Secretive Pentagon Research Program Looks to Replace Human Hackers with AI
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Secretive Pentagon Research Program Looks to Replace Human Hackers with AI

Project IKE tracks every keystroke made by 200 fighters working on computers, and churns out predictions about the possibility of success on individual cyber missions...

Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion
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Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that the company has no intentions of doing anything that would cause clients like Apple to walk away

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.
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Swiss Official Airs Concerns About Data Privacy in U.S.

Switzerland's Federal Data Protection and Information Commissioner Adrian Lobsiger called a U.S.-Swiss program for shielding personal information shared between...
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