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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition
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How One State Managed to Actually Write Rules on Facial Recognition

Massachusetts is one of the first states to put legislative guardrails around the use of facial recognition technology in criminal investigations.

Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior
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Your Data Is a Weapon That Can Help Change Corporate Behavior

A study by Northwestern University researchers highlighted how the public can influence companies they think are misusing their data or engaging in unethical behavior...

The View from On High
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The View from On High

Satellite imagery could address the limitations in traditional sources of data.

The Power of Quantum Complexity
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The Power of Quantum Complexity

A theorem about computations that exploit quantum mechanics challenges longstanding ideas in mathematics and physics.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
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Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)
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Edmund M. Clarke (1945–2020)

Edmund Melson Clarke, Jr., a celebrated American academic who developed methods for mathematically proving the correctness of computer systems, died on December...

In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government
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In Nevada Desert, a Technology Firm Aims to Be a Government

Blockchains LLC's CEO Jeffrey Berns aims to create a futuristic "smart city" in Nevada where residents purchase goods and services with digital currency and record...

Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows
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Children Less Likely to Catch, Spread COVID-19, Modeling Shows

Simulations of COVID-19 transmission within households conducted by researchers at the University of Haifa found that persons 20 years and younger have less coronavirus...

Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee
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Lygon Blockchain Platform Mints Digital Bank Guarantee

A new blockchain platform named Lygon, formed by Australian banks ANZ, the Commonwealth Bank of Australia, and Westpac, IBM, and shopping center company Scentre...

AI Can Use the Veins on Your Hand Like Fingerprints to Identify You
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AI Can Use the Veins on Your Hand Like Fingerprints to Identify You

Researchers at the University of New South Wales trained a neural network to identify individuals using the unique pattern of veins on the back of their hands. ...

Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID
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Computer Can Determine Risk of Dying from COVID

Artificial intelligence developed by researchers at the University of Copenhagen can predict a patient's likelihood of dying from COVID-19 with up to 90% accuracy...

Moore's Law: What Comes Next?
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Moore's Law: What Comes Next?

Moore's Law challenges point to changes in software.

The State of Virtual Reality Hardware
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The State of Virtual Reality Hardware

Advances in VR hardware could finally take the technology mainstream.

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

Fugaku Takes the Lead
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Fugaku Takes the Lead

Japan tops the Top500 supercomputer rankings, for the moment.

Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19
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Coalition of the Willing Takes Aim at COVID-19

Data science can only do so much in the face of a pandemic.

The Gig Workers Taking Action to Regain Control of Their Data
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The Gig Workers Taking Action to Regain Control of Their Data

Complaints against ride-hailing company Uber bring the issue of gig workers' data rights into sharp relief.

An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver
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An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver

Many automakers now offer driving monitors as optional or standard components that warn parents if their teenagers are not driving well.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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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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