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Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More
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Replacing Your Boss With a Cruel Robot Could Make You Concentrate More

A mean robot could motivate human employees to improve their cognitive performance, compared to supervision by a friendly robot or no robot supervision, researchers...

The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains
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The 'Neuropolitics' Consultants Who Hack Voters' Brains

Maria Pocovi slides her laptop over to me with the webcam switched on.

To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians
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To Get Ready for Robot Driving, Some Want to Reprogram Pedestrians

You're crossing the street wrong.

Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000
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Georgia Tech Creates Cybersecurity Master's Degree Online for Less Than $10,000

The Georgia Institute of Technology will offer an online cybersecurity master's degree that will cost students less than $10,000, in collaboration with edX.

Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack
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Millions of Businesses Vulnerable to Fax-Based Cyberattack

Fax machines still in use by millions of organizations worldwide could be exploited by hackers to launch cyberattacks.

RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real
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RPI Scientists Develop VR Surgery to Feel Real

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute researchers have developed a virtual reality system to add realism to virtual surgical training.

The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills
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The Underwater Drones That Hunt for Oil Spills

Researchers at the Technical University of Cartagena in Spain deployed five autonomous underwater vehicles to locate and track oil spills below the surface of the...

Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap
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Banks and Retailers Are Tracking How You Type, Swipe and Tap

When you're browsing a website and the mouse cursor disappears, it might be a computer glitch—or it might be a deliberate test to find out who you are.

Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not
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Google Tracks Your Movements, Like It or Not

Researchers have confirmed that many Google services on Android devices and iPhones store location data, even if the user selects a setting that purports to prevent...

Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware
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Introducing the Latest in Textiles: Soft Hardware

Researchers have embedded high-speed optoelectronic semiconductor devices within fibers woven into soft, washable fabrics, and converted them into communication...

Here Come the Drones
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Here Come the Drones

The U.S. is getting serious about filling the skies with unmanned aircraft.  

Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems
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Zen and the Art of Data Structures: From Self-Tuning to Self-Designing Data Systems

Harvard University's Stratos Idreos is using what he calls a periodic table of data structures to map those structures and their characteristics and to probe their...

Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking
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Samsung Galaxy S7 Smartphones Vulnerable to Hacking

Researchers say they have determined a way to exploit a microchip security flaw in Samsung Galaxy S7 smartphones.

Tying Electrons Down With Nanoribbons
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Tying Electrons Down With Nanoribbons

Researchers have used graphene nanoribbons to corral electrons for potential quantum computing applications.

AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech
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AI for Social Good: Addressing the Need for Women in Tech

May's AI for Social Good Lab initiative provided 30 undergraduate women from across Canada the opportunity to use artificial intelligence to address a social issue...

Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?
From ACM TechNews

Alexa, Be My Friend: Children Talk to Technology, But How Does It Respond?

Voice interfaces that repeat or prompt users to communicate could be more useful to children than currently available technologies.

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR
From ACM TechNews

Meet the Guy With Four Arms, Two of Which Someone Else Controls in VR

Fusion is a robotic project to explore how people may be able to work together to control, or augment, a person's body.

Smart Wristband With Wireless Link Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures
From ACM TechNews

Smart Wristband With Wireless Link Could Monitor Health, Environmental Exposures

Researchers say they have created a wireless smart wristband that will enable a new era of personal health and environmental monitoring devices.

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes
From ACM TechNews

U.S. Defense Department Produces First Tools for Catching Deepfakes

U.S. Defense researchers say they have created the first forensic tools for catching fake videos, known as "deepfakes," created with artificial intelligence.
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