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AIs Could Debate Whether a Smart Assistant Should Snitch on You

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:00

Researchers suggest that since ethical behavior is not consistent across societies, artificial intelligence systems should be flexible to reflect local law and owner  preferences.

On-Demand Grandkids, Robot Pals to Keep Senior Loneliness at Bay

Thu, 02/28/2019 - 12:00

Companies are offering seniors high-tech solutions and novel services to combat loneliness.

Pew: Phone Polling in Crisis Again

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:22

The percentage of Americans willing to participate in telephone polls has hit a new low, according to a new report, raising doubts about the continued viability of the phone surveys that have traditionally dominated politics and elections, both in the media and in campaigns.

String of Ions May Out-Compute Best Quantum Computers

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 14:06

Usually, I reflexively delete press releases. This one was no different, but as the message vanished, the subject line registered—"IonQ… quantum computing."

Don't Be Fooled by Fake Images and Videos Online

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:53

One month before the 2016 U.S. presidential election, an "Access Hollywood" recording of Donald Trump was released in which he was heard lewdly talking about women. The then-candidate and his campaign apologized and dismissed the remarks as harmless.

Which Colleges Are Best and Worst for Women in Computer Science?

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

An analysis of U.S. Department of Education data found only four colleges in the United States with at least 50 bachelor's degree recipients in computer science in 2016-2017 awarded more than half of those degrees to women.

Google Looks to Leave Passwords Behind for a Billion Android Devices

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

Google and the Fast Identity Online Alliance have announced that Android is now FIDO2-certified.

After Paying Out $250,000 in 2018, GitHub Plans to Boost Bug Bounty Bonuses

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

GitHub is increasing the rewards it pays out to security researchers who find bugs in the platform's code.

Smart, Fluffy Storytelling Robot to Be Trialed in U.S. Classrooms

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

A cute, fluffy robot can help boost language skills in young children.

Machines Whisper Our Secrets

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

Researchers have developed a method for reverse-engineering how laboratory instruments are being used, based on the sounds they produce.

Your Bionic Hand Is Now at Risk From Hackers

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

Kaspersky Lab researchers revealed at Mobile World Congress 2019 in Spain that bionic hand prostheses from Moscow-based Motorica are vulnerable to hacking.

Mercedes Enlists Quantum Computing to Build a Better Electric Vehicle Battery

Wed, 02/27/2019 - 12:00

Mercedes-Benz is exploring how quantum computers could be used to discover new materials for advanced batteries in electric cars.

U.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 15:35

The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials said, a warning that the Kremlin's operations against the United States are not cost-free.

NASA Study Reproduces Origins of Life on Ocean Floor

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 13:32

Scientists have reproduced in the lab how the ingredients for life could have formed deep in the ocean 4 billion years ago. The results of the new study offer clues to how life started on Earth and where else in the cosmos we might find it.

Seattle Mayor Forms Student Internship Program With Amazon, Expedia, Others

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:00

Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan has launched a paid internship program for college students, in partnership with area companies.

Skills Shortage is Stopping Many Asian Companies from Embracing AI, Study Shows

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 12:00

Only 41% of companies in the Asia-Pacific region are currently using artificial intelligence, according to a survey of business leaders and workers in 15 Asia-Pacific countries.

Bees With Backpacks: The Next Army of Data Collectors?

Tue, 02/26/2019 - 10:06

Researchers are outfitting insects, natural marvels of engineering that roboticists have been unable to duplicate, with sensors to collect data in the wild.

US-China Battle Over Huawei Comes to Head at Tech Show

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 18:14

A global battle between the U.S. government and Chinese tech company Huawei over allegations that it is a cybersecurity risk overshadowed the opening Monday of the world's biggest mobile industry trade fair.

Google Researchers Say Software Alone Can't Mitigate Spectre Chip Flaws

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:00

It will be difficult to avoid Spectre-like bugs in the future unless central processing units are dramatically overhauled, according to a team of Google researchers.

Stanford-Led Engineering Team Unveils Prototype for Computer-on-a-Chip

Mon, 02/25/2019 - 12:00

A Stanford University-led engineering team has developed a energy-efficient prototype computer-on-a-chip.

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