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Security Flaws Found in 26 Low-End Cryptocurrencies

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:00

Researchers have discovered two security flaws that impact 26 Proof of Stake cryptocurrencies.

AI Teaches Robots to Walk--by Creating Custom Obstacle Courses

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 12:00

Uber AI Labs researchers have designed an algorithm that organizes its own curriculum for teaching simulated robots to walk on uneven ground without falling.

Rogue Drone Pilots Face A New Foe: Deep Learning AI

Tue, 01/29/2019 - 10:56

A growing number of counter-drone systems look to overwhelm rogue drones, and find their pilots.

New Horizons' Newest and Best-Yet View of Ultima Thule

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:36

The wonders–and mysteries–of Kuiper Belt object 2014 MU69 continue to multiply as NASA's New Horizons spacecraft beams home new images of its New Year's Day 2019 flyby target.

Identifying Artificial Intelligence 'Blind Spots'

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 16:16

A novel model developed by MIT and Microsoft researchers identifies instances in which autonomous systems have "learned" from training examples that don't match what's actually happening in the real world.

Rover Team Beaming New Commands to Opportunity on Mars

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 13:27

Engineers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, have begun transmitting a new set of commands to the Opportunity rover in an attempt to compel the 15-year-old Martian explorer to contact Earth.

Too Few Cybersecurity Professionals Is Gigantic Problem for 2019

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00

Cybersecurity professionals are in short supply, presenting a serious problem as a wave of cyber-attacks is expected this year.

Wise Calls on Industry to Encourage Girls into STEM

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00

A U.K-based campaign for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics gender equity has called on the sector to break down negative stereotypes that put girls off science careers.

At Alibaba's Futuristic Hotel, Robots Deliver Towels and Mix Cocktails

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00

A hotel that opened in China last month utilizes robots and a suite of other high-tech tools that drastically reduce the hotel's cost of human labor.

Embedding Ethics in Computer Science Curriculum

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00

Harvard University researchers hope to make ethical considerations a key component of computer science education.

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00

A prototype self-driving air taxi from Boeing's research and development unit completed its first flight in Manassas, VA, last week.

World Leaders at Davos Call for Global Rules on Tech

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 12:00

Several world leaders urged global technology regulation at last week's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

Huawei Is Blocked in U.S., But Its Chips Power Cameras Everywhere

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 11:16

Pelco, a California-based security camera maker, set lofty sales targets last year for a model with sharper video resolution and other cutting-edge features. That was until Congress derailed its plans.

2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize

Mon, 01/28/2019 - 09:20

Ola Svensson, of the School of Computer and Communication Sciences at the Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, will receive the 2019 Michael and Sheila Held Prize.

'This Could Be the End' for NASA's Mars Opportunity Rover

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 16:12

NASA's Opportunity rover began its 15th year on Mars this week, although the intrepid robotic explorer may already be dead.

How the Government Shutdown Is Flushing Away Federal Cyber-Talent

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 14:24

The US Federal government is in the midst of the longest gap in funding for many of its agencies in history. As the "shutdown" extends into a second month, the economic impact is mounting for federal workers—including civil servants and government contractors working in IT and information security roles for the government—as well as the communities they work and live in.

Program Allows Ordinary Digital Camera to See Round Corners

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:00

Researchers have demonstrated a computer program that turns a normal digital camera into a periscope, allowing the camera to see objects hidden from view around a corner.

Will Robots Take Your Job? Quarter of U.S. Workers at Risk

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:00

The Brookings Institution has determined that about 36 million Americans hold jobs with "high exposure" to automation.

Apple's 'Everyone Can Code' Courses Now Available in Braille

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:00

Apple has partnered with the Royal National Institute of Blind People in the U.K. to expand its Everyone Can Code curriculum to visually impaired students.

Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out

Fri, 01/25/2019 - 12:00

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe wants 40% of payments in that country to be cashless by 2025.

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