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Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border
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Trump's Immigration Policy Has Foreign Tech Talent Looking North of the Border

President Trump has promised to reduce the number of H-1B visas granted; Canadian businesses see an opportunity to lure international tech talent north of the border...

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Small farms are starting to upgrade to high-tech operations.

Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm
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Mobile Providers at Center of Privacy Storm

Major wireless providers are facing new scrutiny into their privacy practices after a bombshell report sparked a public outcry and questions from lawmakers.

A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost Unprecedented Scale
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A DNS Hijacking Wave Is Targeting Companies at an Almost Unprecedented Scale

Federal authorities and private researchers are warning companies about a wave of domain hijacking attacks.

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

About 150 Jersey cows in the rolling terrain at Rivendale Farms in Bulger, some 25 miles west of Pittsburgh, wear Fitbit-like collars that monitor their movement...

Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room
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Virtual Reality Gets Real in the Operating Room

A growing number of hospitals and medical centers are embracing virtual reality technology to provide better,  faster training for resident doctors and surgeons...

Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity
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Tech Skills in Most Demand This Year: Data, Cloud, Cybersecurity

A global recruiting firm predicts 68% of information technology employers will increase full-time IT hiring this year, while 53% will increase their use of consultants...

Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market
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Technology Companies Turn to Apprenticeships in Tight Labor Market

A broad technology industry effort to expand apprenticeships in areas like cybersecurity and software engineering was unveiled this week at CES 2019.

The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It
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The AI Learned to Hide Data From Its Creators to Cheat at Tasks They Gave It

A neural network learned to "hide" information about a source image within the images it generated via a nearly imperceptible, high-frequency signal.

With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules
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With Drone Deliveries on the Horizon, Europe Moves to Set Ground Rules

A group of companies are testing unmanned aviation technology to prove drones can fly delivery routes without crashing into each other, and that they can be tracked...

Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says
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Robots Aren't Yet Killing Off All Our Jobs, World Bank Says

The growth of automation so far has had a negligible impact on jobs at a global level, according to the World Bank's chief economist.

GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks
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GCHQ Challenges Girls' Schools to Save the U.K. From Cyberattacks

The U.K. Government Communications Headquarters has created a competition for 12- to 13-year-old girls aimed at drawing more women into cybersecurity.

Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%
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Ethereum Plans to Cut Its Absurd Energy Consumption by 99%

The Ethereum Foundation, and the broader open source movement devoted to advancing the cryptocurrency bitcoin, plan to field-test an overhaul of Ethereum's code...

Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own
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Martian Robot Will Explore the Red Planet With Mind of Its Own

Researchers in the U.K.  have completed testing on an artificial intelligence-enabled rover that will make its own decisions about where it explores on Mars.

Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come
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Miners Dig AI but the Gold Rush Hasn't Come

Despite expectations by the mining industry that artificial intelligence would transform operations, some experts consider that promise overhyped and unrealistic...

Hardware-Software Co-Design Approach Could Make Neural Networks Less Power Hungry
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Hardware-Software Co-Design Approach Could Make Neural Networks Less Power Hungry

A neuro-inspired hardware-software co-design approach could make neural network training more energy-efficient and faster.

Network Orchestration: SLU Researcher Uses Music to Manage Networks
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Network Orchestration: SLU Researcher Uses Music to Manage Networks

Saint Louis University researchers have proposed a sound-based traffic-management solution for network orchestration.

Brazil Could Save More Species at Half the Cost With New Forest Restoration Plan
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Brazil Could Save More Species at Half the Cost With New Forest Restoration Plan

An international research team developed customized software to determine the best strategy for Brazilian reforestation efforts.

Israel's Tech Sector Faces Shortage of Workers
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Israel's Tech Sector Faces Shortage of Workers

Israel is struggling to recruit workers to its technology sector.

Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why
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Half of Academic Scientists Quit After Just Five Years–Here's Why

Indiana University researchers estimated that half of all people pursuing STEM careers at higher-education institutions leave the field after only five years. ...
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