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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias
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Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias

Researchers found that facial recognition systems show bias toward certain facial expressions.

Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic
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Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic

Video responses to set questions, online games that measure a person's traits and skills: The future of interviews is coming to a wider variety of professions in...

Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study
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Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study

Researchers found a weak relationship between early technology use and later technology use, indicating fears of widespread, long-lasting tech addiction may be...

Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather
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Upgraded Radar Can Enable Self-Driving Cars to See Clearly, No Matter the Weather

Designers and appliance makers increasingly rely on a host of technological innovations to update the traditional tasks of cooking, storing and cleaning up.

The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated
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The Future of Kitchen Design Is Hands-Free, Smartphone-Activated

Appliance designers and manufacturers increasingly rely on technological advances to modernize the kitchen.

Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV
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Meet The Army’s Future Family Of Robot Tanks: RCV

The U.S. Army has outlined draft objectives for a range of Robotic Combat Vehicles.

Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications
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Magnetic Spray Transforms Objects Into Insect-Scale Robots for Biomedical Applications

Driven by a magnetic field, the coated objects can crawl, walk, or roll on different surfaces.

Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies
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Disaster Apps Share Personal Data in Violation of Their Privacy Policies

Popular disaster applications are violating their privacy policies by continuing to track users' whereabouts, or providing personal information to third parties...

Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks
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Schools Struggling to Stay Open Get Hit by Ransomware Attacks

Schools struggling to stay open during the Covid-19 pandemic are being targeted by ransomware, as hackers threaten to post sensitive student information online....

The Role of LARPing in Computer Science Education
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The Role of LARPing in Computer Science Education

´╗┐Live-action roleplaying (LARPing) could make computer science education more engaging and effective.

'Extremely Aggressive' Internet Censorship Spreads in the World's Democracies
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'Extremely Aggressive' Internet Censorship Spreads in the World's Democracies

University of Michigan researchers used an automated censorship tracking system to demonstrate that online censorship is proliferating in even the freest countries...

The FBI Buying 140 Robots to Handle Paper Records
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The FBI Buying 140 Robots to Handle Paper Records

The robots will glide along an overhead track, drop down at the right place, and retrieve whatever file or record is needed.

'Most Secure' U.S. Election Not Without Problems
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'Most Secure' U.S. Election Not Without Problems

Although federal officials declared the 2020 presidential election the "most secure in American history," there were still technical problems.

Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms
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Meat Giant Tyson Girds for Virus Surge, Tracking Covid-19 with Algorithms

Tyson Foods CEO Dean Banks said the U.S. meatpacking company is using infection-tracking algorithms and employee testing to protect workers from a Covid-19 surge...

Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig
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Boston Dynamics Dog Robot Learns New Tricks on BP Oil Rig

Boston Dynamics is programming its "Spot" dog robot to read gauges, look for corrosion, construct maps, and detect methane leaks.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
From Communications of the ACM

Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.
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