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Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second
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Deep Learning Can Predict Tsunami Impacts in Less Than a Second

Researchers at Japan's RIKEN Prediction Science Laboratory applied deep learning to predict the impact of tsunamis in less than a second.

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value
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Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value

Universities are struggling to make sense of their vast administrative datasets, according to researchers Christine L. Borgman at UCLA and Amy Brand at MIT.

Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements
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Tracking Fraudulent Mouse Movements

An international research team led by Markus Weinmann at the University of Cologne identified online fraudsters by their mouse movements, which were found to be...

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures
From Communications of the ACM

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures

The overhead of error correction presents a serious challenge to scaling up quantum computing and may produce unexpected winners.

The Outlook for Crypto
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The Outlook for Crypto

Can cryptocurrencies cut their environmental impact?

Making Traffic a Thing of the Past
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Making Traffic a Thing of the Past

New AI technologies are making it possible to autonomously reduce traffic.

A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online
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A Faster Way to Preserve Privacy Online

Researchers have developed a method for retrieving private information from a database that is approximately 30 times faster than comparable methods.

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control
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How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

The market for commercial spyware — which allows governments to invade mobile phones and vacuum up data — is booming. Even the U.S. government is using it.

Quantum Computers and the Universe
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Quantum Computers and the Universe

Ideas for quantum computing change the way we think about space and time.

AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last
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AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last

Scientists taught an artificial intelligence a second distinct task without overwriting connections learned from a first task, through the use of simulated sleep...

Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites
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Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites

An optical data link was demonstrated over 10km  (more than six miles) of open air in a field experiment in the Netherlands.

The Impact of Virtual Meetings
From Communications of the ACM

The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.

Go Backward, Save Energy
From Communications of the ACM

Go Backward, Save Energy

Reversible computing principles point a way toward more efficient computers.

Common Deidentification Methods Don't Fully Protect Data Privacy
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Common Deidentification Methods Don't Fully Protect Data Privacy

Common deidentification techniques do not adequately protect data privacy, according to a study by University of Chicago computer scientist Aloni Cohen.

Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses
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Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses

Telescope uses machine-learning algorithm to identify a sample of 5,000 candidates of gravitational lenses from tens of millions of galaxy images.

Algorithm Can Design Perfect Cycle Lane System for Any City
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Algorithm Can Design Perfect Cycle Lane System for Any City

Malte Schröder and colleagues at Dresden University of Technology programmed an algorithm to design the optimal cycling route for any given city, using network...

DeepMind Invents Faster Algorithms to Solve Tough Math Puzzles
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DeepMind Invents Faster Algorithms to Solve Tough Math Puzzles

Researchers at AI laboratory DeepMind have created an algorithm that can solve tough mathematical calculations with improved computing efficiency.

Better Understanding of Cellular Metabolism With AI
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Better Understanding of Cellular Metabolism With AI

Scientists at EPFL have developed a deep learning-based computational framework that replicates dynamic metabolism in cells.
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