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Many Google Duplex calls are from real people instead of AI
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Google's Duplex reservations might be more widely available, but that doesn't mean the AI is ready to handle every call. The company has confirmed to the New York Times that about 25 percent of the Assistant-based calls start with a human in a call…

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Protect Solar System From Mining 'Gold Rush', Say Scientists
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An anonymous reader quotes the Guardian: Great swathes of the solar system should be preserved as official “space wilderness” to protect planets, moons and other heavenly bodies from rampant mining and other forms of industrial exploitation, scientists say. The proposal calls for more than 85% of the solar system to be placed off-limits to human […]

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Budgeting Software Options to Keep Linux Users From Seeing Red
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Budgeting apps come in all sizes and shapes. Budget apps for Linux are part of a software category that has been all but abandoned. But take heart. A number of Web-based solutions will more than meet your budget-tracking needs. If you still insist on finding a pure Linux-based application, do not mix the concept of […]

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First results from New Horizons’ time in the Kuiper Belt
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Enlarge / When Ultima met Thule. A view of the two-lobed body, showing the bright neck and the large Maryland crater. (credit: NASA/Johns Hopkins University APL/Southwest Research Institute.) For many at the Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory, January 1 this year didn’t mean a New Year’s celebration. Instead, it meant the first arrival of data […]

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7 accessibility-focused startups snag grants from Microsoft
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Microsoft has selected seven lucky startups to receive grants from its AI for Accessibility program. The growing companies aim to empower people with disabilities to take part in tech and the internet economy, from improving job searches to predicting seizures. Each of the seven companies receives professional-level Azure AI resources and support, cash to cover […]

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Researchers Are Liberating Thousands of Pages of Forgotten Hacking History From the Government
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An anonymous reader writes: In 1989, just a few months after the web became a reality, a computer worm infected thousands of computers across the world, including those of NASA. Late last month — 30 years after the “WANK worm” struck NASA — the agency released an internal report that the agency wrote at the […]

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Chelsea Manning released from jail as grand jury expires
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Chelsea Manning walked free today for the first time after spending two months in Virginia’s Alexandria Detention Center for refusing to cooperate with a grand jury probing her relationship with WikiLeaks. Gizmodo first reported news that Manning left the facility today. Manning was found to be in contempt of court, remaining in custody until the […]

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World's fastest supercomputer coming to US in 2021 from Cray, AMD     – CNET
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The Energy Department awards a $600 million contract to build Frontier, while China and other countries are buying more supercomputers.

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Spidey-fans: Don’t watch new Far From Home trailer if you haven’t seen End Game
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Peter Parker (Tom Holland) just wants to enjoy a summer vacation in Venice in Marvel’s Spiderman: Far From Home. Now that Avengers: End Game is out and breaking global box office records, Marvel Studios has released a second action-packed trailer for the upcoming Spiderman: Far From Home. But be forewarned: if you haven’t seen End […]

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