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Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch
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Truly Autonomous Cars May Be Impossible Without Helpful Human Touch

While startups have promised to develop truly driverless cars, industry executives and experts say remote human supervisors may need to be a permanent part of the...

 How ML Helps The New York Times Power its Paywall
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How ML Helps The New York Times Power its Paywall

Powered with data-driven user insights, the causal machine learning model determinines the right number of free articles each user should get to keep them interested...

Software Insecurity
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Software Insecurity

Software is more vulnerable than we think.

The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It
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The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It

The companies behind e-commerce are embracing automation as the means of transcending the limitations of humans.

How Silicon Chips Rule the World
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How Silicon Chips Rule the World

Maintaining the flow of oil is still crucial for the world economy. But now the supply of semiconductors is also critical for commerce, and war and peace.

Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws
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Apps Used as Alternatives to Prison in U.S. Have Privacy Flaws

Researchers found privacy flaws in apps used in the U.S. to track people waiting for immigration court dates, those in juvenile detention systems, and those on...

GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis
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GM's Cruise Recalls, Updates Software in Robotaxis

A crash in June prompted General Motors' Cruise autonomous vehicle unit to recall 80 robotaxis and update their software.

English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue
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English Bias in Computing: Images to the Rescue

An image-based benchmark could overcome cultural bias stemming from machine learning (ML) training datasets being written in English.

NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel
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NSF Announces $10-million Partnership with Intel

The partnership is aimed at training and building a skilled semiconductor manufacturing workforce.

Everything Apple Announced
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Everything Apple Announced

Wednesday's iPhone launch event saw the release of four new iPhone models, plus an Apple Watch built to take a beating.

Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges
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Digital Twins Could Help Society Solve Key Sustainability Challenges

The transformative power of digital twins could be the answer to adapting to environmental changes, helping to democratize global efforts to reach net zero.

Ian Foster To Receive ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award
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Ian Foster To Receive ACM-IEEE CS Ken Kennedy Award

The grid computing pioneer is recognized with one of the high-performance computing field's most prestigious honors.

YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election
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YouTube More Likely to Direct Election-Fraud Videos to Users Doubting 2020 Election

Researchers found YouTube algorithms were more likely to recommend election fraud-related videos to users who already doubted the legitimacy of the 2020 U.S. presidential...

French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots
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French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots

France's highest administrative court dismissed the notion that artificial intelligence threatens humanity.

From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital
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From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital

Volunteers are collecting data on the infrastructure in Mali's capital, Bamako, including its public minibus routes, household waste collection points, basic social...

Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California
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Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

The new rules, which would require many online services to increase protections for children, could change how popular social media and game platforms treat minors...

'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation
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'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation

Researchers have found that "pre-bunking" is a simple, promising method to prevent misinformation.

Protecting Children's Privacy Online
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Protecting Children's Privacy Online

Assuring youngsters they can use websites without giving away their personal information is not child's play.

Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality
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Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality

After heavy national investment in semiconductors to break a dependence on global chips, Xi seems unhappy with the results.

Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...
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