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New USPTO Guidance May Clear Path for More Technology Patents
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James J. DeCarlo Contributor James J. DeCarlo is a shareholder in Greenberg Traurig’s Intellectual Property Practice Group. A registered patent attorney, he is actively involved in virtually all aspects of intellectual property counseling. He has spent nearly 30 years litigating, licensing and procuring patents in the software, hardware, internet and networking spaces, among many others. […]

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Senate re-introduces bill to help advanced nuclear technology
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Enlarge / The Watts Bar nuclear power plant in Tennessee. (credit: Tennessee Valley Authority / Flickr) Last week, a bipartisan group of 15 US senators re-introduced a bill to instate the Nuclear Energy Leadership Act (NELA), which would offer incentives and set federal goals for advanced nuclear energy. A smaller group of senators originally introduced […]

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Creative agency Virtue introduces genderless voice Q to challenge biases in technology
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Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortana and Bixby–almost all virtual assistants have something in common. Their default voices are women’s, though the role that plays in reinforcing gender stereotypes has been long documented, even inspiring the dystopian romance “Her.” Virtue, the creative agency owned by publisher Vice, wants to challenge the trend with a genderless voice […]

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Ask Slashdot:  Is Today's Technology As Cool As You'd Predicted When You Were Young?
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“How does the actual, purchaseable consumer technology available in 2019 compare to what you — back in the 1960s, ’70s, ’80s or ’90s — thought consumer technology might look like around the year 2020?” asks Slashdot reader dryriver. Is today’s consumer technology as advanced, inventive, groundbreaking and empowering as you imagined it would be 30, […]

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How Much Can Technology Be Trusted?
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Since the industrial revolution, technology has changed society continually. Largely due to innovations in semiconductor electronics, software and computer technology, the pace of technological development has continued to accelerate over the past 50 years. Personal computers now fit into your pocket. You have access to people and information all over the world through the Internet. […]

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AR technology helps the blind navigate by making objects 'talk'
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If you're blind, finding your way through a new area can sometimes be challenging. In the future, though, you might just need to wear a headset. Caltech researchers have developed a Cognitive Augmented Reality Assistant (CARA) that uses Microsoft's…

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Humans Are Now Monitoring Animals With Facial Recognition Technology
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An anonymous reader quotes New York magazine: Salmon are just the latest entry in a growing cornucopia of animal faces loaded into databases. For some animals, the biometric data gathered from them is being used to aid in conservation efforts. For others, the resulting AI could help ward off poachers. While partly creepy and partly […]

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Honda Will Use GM's Self-Driving Technology, Invest $750 Million In Cruise Startup
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Honda announced today that it is investing $750 million in Cruise, the self-driving car startup whose majority shareholder is General Motors. The automotive company is also planning to invest $2 billion over the next 12 years to develop and manufacture self-driving cars based on Cruise’s software. Ars Technica reports: Honda has been working on autonomous […]

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In Technology We Trust… But Should We?
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Since the industrial revolution, technology has changed society continually. Largely due to innovations in semiconductor electronics, software and computer technology, the pace of technological development has continued to accelerate over the past 50 years. Personal computers now fit into your pocket. You have access to people and information all over the world through the Internet. […]

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