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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI
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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to 1% of its population.

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.

Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon
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Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

While black holes themselves swallow any light beyond their event horizon, the area outside the event horizon tends to emit lots of light.

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.

Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019
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Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019

Last week's CES 2019 in Las Vegas showcased efforts by Google, Amazon, and Apple to advance connected home technology platforms.

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...

In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit
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In Fast-Aging Japan, Elder Care Is a High-Tech Pursuit

Startups are putting new innovations to work in Japan's elder-care market.

The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel
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The Super-Secure Quantum Cable Hiding in the Holland Tunnel

Commuters inching through rush-hour traffic in the Holland Tunnel between Lower Manhattan and New Jersey don't know it, but a technology likely to be the future...

A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do
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A Neural Network Can Learn to Organize the World It Sees Into Concepts, Just Like We Do

GANs, or generative adversarial networks, are the social-media starlet of AI algorithms. They are responsible for creating the first AI painting ever sold at an ...

The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech
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The Race to Develop the World's Best Quantum Tech

A few days before Christmas, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a bill into law that devotes more than US $1.2 billion to a national effort dedicated to quantum...

A New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think
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A New Approach to Understanding How Machines Think

Been Kim is developing a "translator for humans" so that we can understand when artificial intelligence breaks down.

Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up and Geologists Don't Know Why
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Earth's Magnetic Field Is Acting Up and Geologists Don't Know Why

Something strange is going on at the top of the world. Earth's north magnetic pole has been skittering away from Canada and towards Siberia, driven by liquid iron...

Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routes
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Tracking Technology Reveals Hidden Animal Migration Routes

Researchers have produced a comprehensive analysis of Wyoming's big game migration patterns, using improved Global Positioning System technology.

German Supplier Unveils New Self-Driving Car Computer, Adds Xilinx Chips
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German Supplier Unveils New Self-Driving Car Computer, Adds Xilinx Chips

German auto parts supplier ZF Friedrichshafen AG launched its newest self-driving car computer at CES 2019 in Las Vegas.

Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities
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Machine Learning Can Offer New Tools, Fresh Insights for the Humanities

Truly revolutionary political transformations are naturally of great interest to historians, and the French Revolution at the end of the 18th century is widely...

Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way
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Countering Russian Disinformation the Baltic Nations' Way

As the new Congress begins, it will soon discuss the comprehensive reports to the U.S. Senate on the disinformation campaign of half-truths, outright fabrications...

Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA's TESS Keeps Counting More
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Another Day, Another Exoplanet: NASA's TESS Keeps Counting More

NASA's new planet-hunting machine, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, or TESS, is racking up scores of alien worlds.

Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Grocery Store
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Kroger, Microsoft Create Futuristic Grocery Store

Microsoft and the Kroger supermarket chain are collaborating on online grocery shopping.
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