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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.

Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match
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Another Arrest, and Jail Time, Due to a Bad Facial Recognition Match

A New Jersey man was accused of shoplifting and trying to hit an officer with a car. He is the third known Black man to be wrongfully arrested based on face recognition...

A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups
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A Rare Pandemic Silver Lining: Mental Health Start-Ups

Using teletherapy, metrics, and matching algorithms, entrepreneurs are focusing on addressing aspects of the mental health care system that they view as broken....

Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality
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Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality

Retailers are increasingly reliant on augmented reality technology to help consumers try on products, hoping to virtually recreate the real-world shopping experience...

Vaccinated? Show Us Your App
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Vaccinated? Show Us Your App

Recipients of the Covid-19 vaccine may eventually be given digital health credentials in order to travel, go to work or school, visit entertainment venues, and...

Smarter Traffic Lights, Calmer Commuters
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Smarter Traffic Lights, Calmer Commuters

Advances in technology may come to a corner near you, easing traffic and possibly helping the environment.

Coronavirus Apps Show Promise but Prove a Tough Sell
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Coronavirus Apps Show Promise but Prove a Tough Sell

Despite pilot studies demonstrating that smartphone applications can slow Covid-19 transmission, buy-in from people and states is lacking.

Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves
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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First
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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

A Swiss publisher of open-access journals has rolled out a robotic review assistant to check for potential conflicts of interest.

London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery
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London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Researchers at DeepMind say they have solved "the protein folding problem," a task that has bedeviled scientists for more than 50 years.

Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears
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Training Facial Recognition on Some New Furry Friends: Bears

Silicon Valley software developers have trained facial recognition technology to monitor individual bears, as part of a project called BearID.

´╗┐Does Palantir See Too Much?
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´╗┐Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police
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Activists Turn Facial Recognition Tools Against the Police

"We're now approaching the technological threshold where the little guys can do it to the big guys," one researcher said.

U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly
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U.S. Accuses Google of Illegally Protecting Monopoly

A victory for the government could remake one of America's most recognizable companies and the internet economy that it has helped define.

Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election
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Facebook Widens Ban on Political Ads as Alarm Rises Over Election

Political ads will be banned indefinitely after polls close on Nov. 3 and the company plans new steps to limit misinformation about the results.

The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data
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The Lesson We’re Learning From TikTok? It’s All About Our Data

We should minimize how much we share with all of our favorite and not-so-favorite apps.

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients
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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw's struggle with her mother's dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.

England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped
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England’s Flawed Virus Contact Tracing Will Be Revamped

After months of complaints about its centralized, privatized system, Prime Minister Boris Johnson's government says resources will be diverted to local public health...

Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open
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Automated Line Calls Replace Human Judges at U.S. Open

With the coronavirus pandemic highlighting the need for safety, the upcoming U.S. Open tennis tournament will replace human line judges on 15 of 17 match courts...

Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission
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Aboard the Diamond Princess, a Case Study in Aerosol Transmission

Researchers are using computer models to determine how the coronavirus moves through a community, building, or small group of people.
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