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Abandoned trolleys litter a roadside in Whalan, a suburb in Sydney’s outer west. Shutterstock

The war on abandoned trolleys can be won. Here’s how

Abandoned trolleys are an all-too-common sight. A solution to this intractable problem depends on a combination of policy and legal changes, public engagement and tracking technology.
Emotion recognition technology, an outgrowth of facial recognition technology, continues to advance quickly. Steve Jurvetson/flickr

AI can now read emotions – should it?

A report calls for banning the use of emotion recognition technology. An AI and computer vision researcher explains the potential and why there's growing concern.
When algorithms make decisions with real-world consequences, they need to be fair. R-Type/Shutterstock.com

How can we make sure that algorithms are fair?

A machine learning expert predicts a new balance between human and machine intelligence is on the horizon. For that to be good news, researchers need to figure out how to design algorithms that are fair.
In-home digital personal assistant devices are becoming increasingly popular, but their presence raises privacy concerns. (Shutterstock)

The dark side of Alexa, Siri and other personal digital assistants

When hosting a dinner party, are you obliged to let your guests know that you own a smart device like Amazon Echo or Google Home? The answer is yes, according to a privacy researcher.
Debris left behind after a tornado strike on Jefferson City, Missouri, May 23, 2019. AP Photo/Summer Ballentine

Millions of burnt trees and rusted cars: Post-disaster cleanup is expensive, time-consuming and wasteful

Government agencies have detailed plans for responding to disasters, but one piece doesn't get enough attention: cleaning up the mess that's left behind.
Chilean President Sebastián Piñera decrees a state of emergency to restore public order after a day of violent protest, Oct.19, 2019. Sebastián Rodríguez/Prensa Presidencia

Chile protests: President’s speeches early in crisis missed the mark, AI study reveals

As protests raged across Chile last month, President Piñera repeatedly addressed the nation. Researchers fed his speeches into an AI system to assess the emotions behind his words.
Close-up on the circuitry of the Vesuvius quantum computer, announced in 2012 by the Canadian firm D-Wave Systems. Steve Jurvetson/Flickr

Quantum computing, the new frontier of finance

On October 23 Google announced that it built a quantum computer thousands of times faster than classic computers. This could have immense impacts on finance, cryptography and other fields.
A firefighter walks along a containment line while battling a 2018 wildfire in Redding, California. AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez

Data science could help Californians battle future wildfires

Researchers like myself are finding transformative new ways to help planners, leaders and first responders tackle disasters from afar.

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