30 Apr 2020

EFF: Google, Apple’s Contact-Tracing System Open to Cyberattacks

The Electronic Frontier Foundation warns that the new COVID-19 tracking app created by Apple and Google could be vulnerable to data harvesting that would be manipulated to shake confidence in the public health system. Developers have been warned by experts to exercise caution when using tech released by the two

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29 Apr 2020

Privacy Options Don’t Boost Trust in Voice Assistants

According to new research, giving users the option of adjusting privacy settings on voice assistants like Alexa does not ensure that consumers will increase their trust in the technology. A new study proves that it may even have an unfavorable effect. Researchers found that trust in Amazon Alexa went up

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29 Apr 2020

Above-Average Hurricane Season Could Further Challenge Government’s Pandemic Response

America’s weather predictors have released information derived from cutting edge computer model forecasts that predict the 2020 hurricane season may be more intense than usual due to warmer waters in the Atlantic Ocean, citing other factors as well. The hurricane season that begins on June 1 may also pose a

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28 Apr 2020

Republican Lawmakers Propose Bill to Support Government COVID-19 Research Effort

Earlier this week, nine House Republicans introduced legislation that would codify a range of federal research efforts combatting COVID-19, as well as strategically boosting the technology capabilities of the government to foresee future health threats. The bill, which was introduced by Rep. Frank Lucas as well as eight other co-sponsors,

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27 Apr 2020

Supercomputing System Fighting COVID-19 Gets Upgrade

The supercomputing system that is powering COVID-19 research will undergo a major upgrade that aims to nearly double its peak performance. The Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory supercomputing system has been providing scientists and experts with research to fight COVID-19. An agreement disclosed this week states that Lawrence Livermore, Penguin Computing,

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27 Apr 2020

NASA Engineers Rapidly Create Ventilator Tailored to Treat COVID-19 Patients

NASA engineers at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory have channeled efforts to rapidly-produce a new high-pressure ventilator that caters specifically to patients fighting the COVID-19 virus with milder symptoms. This will allow for traditional ventilators to be used on those experiencing more severe symptoms. The new technology is called Ventilator Intervention

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24 Apr 2020

The Pentagon Will Use AI to Predict Panic Buying, COVID-19 Hotspots

The Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) plans to use AI to combat the COVID-19 pandemic by using the technology to predict hotspots and other related logistics or supply-chain problems. The JAIC has built a prototype AI tool that incorporates a variety of data streams to achieve this goal. The chief

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24 Apr 2020

Dangers Await Self-Driving Car Tryouts As Post-Pandemic Roadway Efforts Get Underway

As businesses close due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many parts of the commercial industry and economy have experienced a temporary halt, including self-driving car roadway tests, which had previously been taking place throughout the US. For some companies leading efforts in self-driving car technology, there has been a potential opportunity

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23 Apr 2020

Intel & Accenture Use AI To Save The Coral Reef

Accenture, Intel, and the Sulubaaï Environmental Foundation announced a new project, called CORaiL, that aims to monitor, characterize, and analyze coral reef resilience through artificial intelligence technology. Since May of 2019, the AI-powered solution has been deployed to reefs surrounded the Pangatalan Island, Philippines, collecting a total of 40,000 images.

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22 Apr 2020

DARPA Wants Tech That Can Trick Computer Vision

A newly unveiled Artificial Intelligence Exploration Opportunity reveals that the Pentagon’s research arm is searching for new technologies that have the ability to disrupt, fool, or undermine the systems that allow computers to “see.” The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking proposals for innovative technical research concepts that aim

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