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Another AI-powered device gets the FDA’s blessing

In an ongoing effort to get more AI into healthcare, the FDA just approved the marketing of an algorithm that detects wrist fractures.

The news: The software, called OsteoDetect, identifies fractures in x-rays. Two different studies by Imagen Tech, the… Read more

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GDPR is finally here, and it’s already chaos

The General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, goes into effect today, threatening huge fines for businesses that abuse Europeans’ data.

The dos: From now on, companies everywhere must:

  • get EU citizens’ consent to collect their personal data and explain… Read more
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  • Kelsey Chisamore, sasicreatives from the Noun Project

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The US military is funding an effort to catch deepfakes and other AI trickery

Think that AI will help put a stop to fake news? The US military isn’t so sure.

The Department of Defense is funding a project that will try to determine whether the increasingly real-looking fake video and audio generated by artificial intelligence might...

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May 24, 2018 Photo of an Uber autonomous vehicle

Uber’s self-driving car spotted a pedestrian six seconds before it killed her

In a fatal accident earlier this year in Arizona, Uber had disabled its vehicle’s emergency braking system to reduce "erratic vehicle behavior," but failed to create a way to alert the human operator to hit the brakes.

The news: If the emergency brake… Read more

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  • Wikimedia
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Robot worries could cause a 50,000-worker strike in Las Vegas

Members of the Culinary Union, who work in many of the city’s biggest casinos, have voted to approve a strike unless a deal is reached soon.

Some background: On June 1, the contracts of 50,000 union workers expire, making them eligible to strike. Employees… Read more

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Two chatbots, one happy, one angry

Machine learning could stop an online war of words before it starts

A new machine-learning system tries to predict whether an online conversation is going to get nasty right from the get-go.

How it works: Researchers gathered more than 1,200 exchanges from the discussion sections of Wikipedia Talk pages. They went through… Read more

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  • Frühstück | The Noun Project | Jackie Snow
Drawing of a self-driving car with an apple logo on the grill

Apple gets into the autonomous-vehicle race ... sort of

After some false starts, Apple signed a deal with Volkswagen to turn some of the German carmaker’s vans into self-driving shuttles.

The news: The vehicles will ferry Apple employees between the company’s two Silicon Valley campuses, according to the… Read more

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  • sobinsergey | The Noun Project | Jackie Snow

Editor's Pick

The world’s first quantum software superstore—or so it hopes—is here

In quantum computing, it’s not just the computers themselves that are hard to build. They also need sophisticated quantum algorithms—specialized software that’s tailored to get the best out of the machines.

Alán Aspuru-Guzik has gained an impressive reputation...

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May 24, 2018 Russian hacker

Russian hackers are targeting Ukraine (again)

Researchers have found rogue code that could be used to launch a major attack in the country.

The bad stuff: A report from Reuters says researchers at Cisco’s cybersecurity firm Taleo have discovered malware called VPNFilter that’s infected routers and… Read more

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  • Arafat Uddin from the Noun Project
May 23, 2018 Facebook pixelated

Facebook says it can protect you—but first it wants your most intimate photos

Facebook’s new pilot program aims to prevent revenge porn, but you have to share compromising pictures of yourself with the social network.

The current program: If your intimate photos are shared on Facebook without your permission, you can reach out… Read more