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    NASA paves the way for RPA

    The space agency's shared services center is working out the kinks in robotic process automation ahead of an agencywide rollout.

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    How we’re using Darwin’s theory of evolution to build robots that can adapt and learn on their own

    Artificial evolution can generate simulated robots that are adapted to their environments, perform simple tasks and quickly adapt to damage during a mission.

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    Man + machine makes for most accurate facial recognition

    In a study to determine whether algorithms or people are better at facial recognition, researchers determined that using both a professional identifier and an advanced algorithm produces the most accurate identifications.

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    OPM prototypes blockchain-based records transfer

    The Office of Personnel Management is testing the distributed ledger technology to cut the time it takes to transfer employee records.

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    How to scale your innovation pilot

    A new report offers government agencies a playbook for successfully moving innovation projects from the pilot stage to operational programs.

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    Hiding in plain sight: Embedding messages in fonts

    FontCode embeds messages in text by coding slight changes into the shapes of fonts.

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    Holding algorithms accountable

    A new report offers some measures for ensuring that algorithms behave as expected and that operators can identify and rectify harmful outcomes.

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    What are these 'levels' of autonomous vehicles?

    The six levels of autonomy describe the features that are engaged in any given instance of on-road operation of an equipped vehicle.

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    Surveillance that spots suspicious behavior

    The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is looking for technology that uses drones, sensors and algorithms to spot human behaviors that indicate hostile intent.

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    Monitoring 'side channels' to detect vehicle hacks

    By comparing what a vehicle is actually doing to what its software claims it is doing, researchers may be able to detect hack to onboard systems.

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    Predicting the casualties that drone crashes can cause

    NASA is asking for risk management and decision-making tools that can help it accurately estimate the deaths and injuries caused by a drone that crashes into a populated area.

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    Montana test-drives code-free chatbots

    The Motor Vehicle Division uses a drag-and-drop builder to construct conversational chatbots that guide online users through multiple-step processes.

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    What is 5G? The next generation of wireless, explained

    The high data transmission rates and low latency promised by 5G will provide new opportunities for connected vehicles, automation and augmented and virtual reality systems.

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    Uncrackable encryption could be on the horizon

    Recent experiments have shown it’s possible to transmit photons over long distances, major strides toward the goal of quantum cryptography.

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    How agencies can protect against phishing attacks

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