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January 2020


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VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

VR Therapy is Taking Paralyzed Veterans to New Places

The St. Louis Veterans Affairs hospital has incorporated virtual reality into its therapy for paralyzed patients, who wear goggles and use joysticks to engage with simulated three-dimensional environments.


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Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid

Clock is Ticking on Tackling Threat to Power Grid

Washington State University researchers have evaluated the threat presented by Internet-linked devices connected to the U.S. electric power grid.


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Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

Seattle-Area Election Puts Mobile Voting to a Test

A local election in the Seattle area is serving as a test of a mobile-voting system.


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Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads

Waymo Self-Driving Minivans Take to More U.S. Roads

Alphabet's Waymo self-driving car project is expanding testing of its autonomous Chrysler Pacifica minivans and long-haul trucks to roads in Texas and New Mexico.


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Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth

Report: Whichever Country Claims AI Supremacy This Decade Will Rule the Earth

Global economy expert Indermit Gill predicts the global leader in artificial intelligence in 2030 will go on to rule the planet for the balance of this century.


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The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor

The Best Tech Jobs for 2020, According to Glassdoor

Employer review website Glassdoor's report on the 50 best jobs in the U.S. for 2020 includes 20 technology professions, which also filled the top seven spots.


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China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending

China is Closing Gap with U.S. on Research Spending

The U.S. National Science Foundation estimated China's research and development funding is rapidly catching up to that of the U.S.


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Can Antiferromagnetic Materials Replace Silicon in Future Computers?

Can Antiferromagnetic Materials Replace Silicon in Future Computers?

Seeking alternatives to silicon as Moore’s Law approaches its end.


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Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database

Microsoft Discloses Security Breach of Customer Support Database

Five servers storing customer support analytics were accidentally exposed online in December 2019.


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Toshiba Says it Created an Algorithm that Beats Quantum Computers using Standard Hardware

Toshiba Says it Created an Algorithm that Beats Quantum Computers using Standard Hardware

The company hopes to commercialize it in the financial industry


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U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance

U.K. Police Use of Facial Recognition Tests Public's Tolerance

The testing of facial recognition technology by police in the U.K. has provoked outrage.


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U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

U.S. to Ground Civilian Drone Program on Concerns Over China Tech

The U.S. Department of the Interior reportedly plans to permanently ground a civilian drone fleet, because the approximately 1,000 drones are partly sourced from China.


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Who's Liable, the AV or the Human Driver?

Who's Liable, the AV or the Human Driver?

Columbia Engineering and Columbia Law School researchers havew developed a fault-based liability rule for regulating autonomous vehicle manufacturers and human drivers. 


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AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption

AB InBev Taps Machine Learning to Root Out Corruption

Brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev spent three years developing machine learning technology to spot corruption in its business partners. 


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The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You

The Way You Dance is Unique, and Computers Can Tell It's You

Researchers at Finland’s University of Jyvaskyla have taught computers to identify individuals by their dance style.


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Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order

Brain-Like Network Uses Disorder to Detect Order

Researchers have developed a brain-inspired disordered network for detecting ordered patterns, which uses "hopping conduction" to reach solutions without predesigned elements.


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AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

AI Can Do Great Things—if It Doesn't Burn the Planet

The computing power required for AI landmarks, such as recognizing images and defeating humans at Go, increased 300,000-fold from 2012 to 2018.


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Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado

Alan Turing's Degree, Medal, Memorabilia Recovered in Colorado

Items seized after woman offered them for loan to university.


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Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health

Study Finds AI Viable Tool to Detect Changes in Patients' Mental Health

A study found machine learning artificial intelligence is as accurate as physicians in detecting changes in clinical states from patients' speech.


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Quantum Computing Remains a Challenge for Tech Firms

Quantum Computing Remains a Challenge for Tech Firms

Some big technology companies and startups have found their progress on quantum computing remains in the early stages, despite years of substantial investment.


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Brain Model Offers New Insights Into Damage Caused by Stroke, Other Injuries

Brain Model Offers New Insights Into Damage Caused by Stroke, Other Injuries

The University at Buffalo's Christopher McNorgan has developed a computer model of the human brain that more accurately simulates brain-impairment patterns than previous techniques.


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Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

Avoiding Carsickness When the Cars Drive Themselves

If the future lets people focus on work instead of driving during the daily commute, many of us will have to conquer motion sickness to read memos (or tweets). Researchers are working on some fixes.


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New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing

New MacArthur Fellow Takes Aim at Online Harassment, Doxing

Danielle Citron, a privacy scholar who has done pioneering work in combating hate crimes and other abuses in cyberspace, has been named a 2019 MacArthur fellow.

 


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How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable

How 'Spooky' is Quantum Physics? The Answer could be Incalculable

Proof at the nexus of pure mathematics and algorithms puts 'quantum weirdness' on a whole new level.


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Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You

Are Your Students Bored? This AI Could Tell You

Researchers have created an artificial intelligence (AI) system that analyzes students' emotions to measure their engagement level in a class. 


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Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses

Tech Start-up Develops AR Contact Lenses

Start-up Mojo Vision is developing augmented reality contact lenses to allow wearers access to the Internet in real time.


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A Robot Equipped with Real Feathers Flies Like a Bird

A Robot Equipped with Real Feathers Flies Like a Bird

Stanford University researchers affixed actual pigeon feathers to a robot to allow it to fly like a bird.


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Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs

Gov. Murphy Aims to Train More Workers for High-Tech Jobs

New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has announced a new program that would help train workers for careers in computer science and other high-tech jobs.


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A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor

A Low-Power, Highly Responsive, Reusable Sweat pH Monitor

National University of Singapore researchers have developed an upgrade to wearable health monitors that can read the pH of wearers' sweat.


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Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next

Bundesliga, Amazon Want to Predict What Happens Next

Germany’s Bundesliga professional football (soccer) league is making Amazon its official technology provider, providing statistics (among other things) for the soccer league's TV broadcasts and digital products.