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

Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results
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Google Quietly Tweaks Image Searches for Racially Diverse Results

Effort is meant to avoid incidents that show algorithmic bias.

Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament
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Another Facebook Whistleblower Just Testified in British Parliament

Here's what to know about her allegations.

AI Has Cracked a Key Mathematical Puzzle for Understanding Our World
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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.

Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection
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Researchers Develop AI System to Improve Eye Disease Detection

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

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

Why NASA Launched a Robotic Archaeologist Named Lucy
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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...

Desperate for Workers, Restaurants Turn to Robots
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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.

Researchers Develop Model to Assess for Flood Hazards
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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.

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

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

Developing Artificial Intelligence That 'Thinks' Like Humans
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Developing Artificial Intelligence That 'Thinks' Like Humans

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

Cutting Through the Noise
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Cutting Through the Noise

Artificial intelligence enables high-fidelity quantum computing.

These Neural Networks Know What They're Doing
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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.

Search Engine Could Help Researchers Scour Internet for Privacy Documents
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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.  

Data Mining the Past
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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.

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

Researchers Build $400 Self-Navigating Smart Cane
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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.

How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience
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How to Tell Science from Pseudoscience

Our all-in guide to ferreting out falsehoods.
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