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October 2021


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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.


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Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

Facebook Will Pay up to $14 million to Settle Claims it Favored Foreign Workers

The claims were part of an effort by the Trump administration to push the country's biggest tech companies to hire more U.S. workers.


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Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Here's what to know about her allegations.


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AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World

Partial differential equations can describe everything from planetary motion to plate tectonics, but they're notoriously hard to solve.


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Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

The comprehensive artificial intelligence retinal expert (CARE) system can detect and monitor eye diseases.


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7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

7-Eleven Took Photos of Australian Customers' Faces Without Consent, Privacy Commissioner Rules

Australian privacy commissioner Angelene Falk said facial recognition technology used in 700 Australian 7-Eleven stores interfered with customer privacy.


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Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy

In a vast odyssey across the solar system, the mission will study asteroids known as Trojans that may contain secrets of how the planets ended up in their current orbits.


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Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots

Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots

They can make French fries, mix drinks, and even clean toilets, and they never ask for a raise. But they also break down.


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In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors

In Space, No One Can Fix Your Sign Errors

Once you've left the Earth, the simple inversion of a critical parameter can cause a mission to fail.


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Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom

Almost 40% of Internet Users Globally Don't Have Internet Freedom

As the world becomes more digital, governments want to have more control over people's online presence.


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Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI

Facebook Researchers Collect Thousands of Hours of First-Person Video to Train AI

The solution to machine learning problems is generally either more or better data.


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Developing Artificial Intelligence That 'Thinks' Like Humans

Developing Artificial Intelligence That 'Thinks' Like Humans

Scientists still do not fully understand how Deep Neural Networks process information.


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Cutting Through the Noise

Cutting Through the Noise

Artificial intelligence enables high-fidelity quantum computing.


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These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing

These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing

Researchers have shown that a specific neural network can learn the cause-and-effect structure of a navigation task it is taught.


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Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards

Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards

Canadian and U.K. scientists have developed a new technique for generating a watershed-scale flood risk model based on LiDAR data.


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Data Mining the Past

Data Mining the Past

Researchers have developed an algorithm to convert old newspapers into searchable data by identifying and ranking people's names in order of their importance.


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Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents

Pennsylvania State University scientists have designed a search engine that uses artificial intelligence to sift through millions of online documents.
 


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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.


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Researchers Build $400 Self-Navigating Smart Cane

Researchers Build $400 Self-Navigating Smart Cane

Stanford University researchers have unveiled a $400 self-navigating robotic cane that can help visually impaired users detect and avoid obstacles.


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How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

Our all-in guide to ferreting out falsehoods.


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Low-Performing CS Students Face Wide Array of Struggles

Low-Performing CS Students Face Wide Array of Struggles

A study found that lower-performing computer science students reported higher stress levels than higher-performing students.


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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head

World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head

The world's fair in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcases a three-dimensionally printed replica of Michelangelo's statue, "David," in the Italian pavilion.


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Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Cybersecurity Experts Sound Alarm on Apple, EU Phone Scanning Plans

Over a dozen cybersecurity experts have criticized proposals by Apple and the European Union to scan phones for illegal content.


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Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities

Researchers Create Earthquake System Model with Better Detection Capabilities

The University of Wyoming's Pejman Tahmasebi and Tao Bai have invented a machine learning model that boosts the accuracy of earthquake detection.


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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.


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AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag

AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag

As language models get more complex, they also get more expensive to create and run. Some companies are locked out.


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Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion

Global Chip Hunger Is Showing Early Signs of Indigestion

Even as the world continues to grapple with chip shortages, it's time to be on the lookout for a clearing of that backlog where insatiable hunger might quickly turn to nasty indigestion.


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Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars

Dead-End SF Street Plagued With Confused WayMo Cars

The cars, packed with self-driving technology, stop in a queue as if they are completely baffled by the dead end.


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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.


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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

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