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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future
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Inside Huawei's Secret HQ, China Is Shaping the Future

The surprise arrest of Meng Wanzhou, chief financial officer of Huawei Technologies Co., has thrust the company into a political firestorm and deepened a core threat...

Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen
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Machine Learning Identifies Cryptocurrency Scams Before They Happen

Researchers in the U.K. have developed an algorithm that can predict "pump-and-dump" cryptocurrency scams prior to their occurrence.

Smarter Voice Assistants Recognize Your Favorite Brands—and Health
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Smarter Voice Assistants Recognize Your Favorite Brands—and Health

People often surrender their data privacy to their continuously listening voice assistants without understanding the implications.

Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018
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Europe's Influence Over U.S. Tech Was More Formidable Than Ever in 2018

The influence of the biggest US tech companies is as powerful in Europe as anywhere else in the world. But what sets Europe apart is that the relationship is, to...

The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate
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The 'Weird Events' That Make Machines Hallucinate

Computers can be tricked into misidentifying objects and sounds, raising issues about the real-world use of artificial intelligence; experts call such glitches...

All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things
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All Hail the AI Overlord: Smart Cities and the AI Internet of Things

Cities generate lots of data. The exact amount depends on the size of the city and its sophistication and ambitions, but it's certainly more than mere humans can...

New Attack Could Make Website Security Captchas Obsolete
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New Attack Could Make Website Security Captchas Obsolete

Researchers have demonstrated a deep learning algorithm that could render captcha security and authentication redundant.

An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care
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An Inside Look at Apple's Biggest Step Yet in Health Care

Captain America and Black Panther were about to defend Earth from the villain Thanos when Kevin Foley first noticed something was wrong.

UCR Researchers Uncover New Hacking Methods to Steal Personal Information
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UCR Researchers Uncover New Hacking Methods to Steal Personal Information

University of California, Riverside researchers in October demonstrated side-channel graphics processing unit attacks using direct and cross-computational stacks...

AI a Focus as U.S. Preps Export Controls
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AI a Focus as U.S. Preps Export Controls

The U.S. Commerce Department has called for input by Dec. 19 on which of 14 emerging technologies should face export controls.

The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.
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The Race Is On to Protect Data From the Next Leap in Computers. And China Has the Lead.

The world's leading technology companies, from Google to Alibaba in China, are racing to build the first quantum computer, a machine that would be far more powerful...

Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler
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Cambridge Analytica Knew How You'd Vote If You Wore Wrangler

The whistle-blower behind the Cambridge Analytica revelations said the now-defunct data research firm used the fashion preferences of Facebook Inc. users to help...

Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy
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Behind an Effort to Fact-Check Live News With Speed and Accuracy

A new artificial intelligence-driven voice-scanning tool can identify dubious statements seconds after their utterance, in an effort to more accurately fact-check...

How Will We Outsmart AI Liars?
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How Will We Outsmart AI Liars?

The advancement of machine learning via neural networks is stoking concerns of artificial intelligence being used for mass manipulation and misinformation.

The Looming Crisis in the Internet of Things
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The Looming Crisis in the Internet of Things

California tries to legislate IoT security.

How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions
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How Cheap Labor Drives China's A.I. Ambitions

Some of the most critical work in advancing China's technology goals takes place in a former cement factory in the middle of the country's heartland, far from the...

Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020
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Beijing to Judge Every Resident Based on Behavior by End of 2020

China's plan to judge each of its 1.3 billion people based on their social behavior is moving a step closer to reality, with Beijing set to adopt a lifelong points...

The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?
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The Snowden Legacy: What's Changed, Really?

Digital privacy has come a long way since June 2013. In the five years since documents provided by Edward Snowden became the basis for a series of revelations that...

Technology for the Deaf
From Communications of the ACM

Technology for the Deaf

Why aren't better assistive technologies available for those communicating using ASL?

This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 
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This Company Is Helping Build China's Panopticon. It Won't Stop There 

The lobby of SenseTime's Beijing office makes you feel a bit like you've stumbled into a Philip K. Dick novel.
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