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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital
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More Than 50 Robots Work at Singapore High-Tech Hospital

Over 50 robots are working at Singapore's Changi General Hospital, performing activities ranging from surgery to administrative activities.

Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools
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Hackers Breach Electronic Arts, Stealing Game Source Code and Tools

A spokesperson for video game publisher Electronic Arts verified that hackers have compromised the company's systems and stolen game source code and other assets...

Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely
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Amazon Blocks Police from Using Its Facial Recognition Software Indefinitely

Amazon has indefinitely extended its ban on police use of its facial recognition software, which lawmakers and company employees have said discriminates against...

Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car
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Domino's Launches Pizza Delivery Robot Car

Pizza chain Domino's has launched a robot car pizza delivery service to select customers in Houston's Woodland Heights neighborhood.

The Worldwide Web as We Know It May Be Ending
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The Worldwide Web as We Know It May Be Ending

Threats of regulatory crackdowns on technology companies worldwide are expected to become more common, increasingly fragmenting the Internet.

South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound
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South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound

South Korean broadcaster SBS plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to "resurrect" deceased folk singer Kim Kwang-seok for a new AI vs. human competition.

Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move
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Venice Is Watching Tourists' Every Move

Officials in Venice, Italy, are using technology to track the number of tourists in the city, and where they go.

Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries
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Scientists Digitally Rebuilt Dinosaur's Brain, Made Some Surprising Discoveries

A dinosaur's brain reconstructed through advanced imaging and three-dimensional modeling suggests the sauropod may have been bipedal and occasionally carnivorous...

China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code
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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic...

Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat
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Scientists Use 3D Printer to Create World's Smallest Boat

Researchers at Leiden University in the Netherlands created the world's smallest boat using an electron microscope and a high-resolution three-dimensional printer...

Drones to Drop Seeds to Boost Koala Gum Tree Numbers After Devastating Australia Bushfires
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Drones to Drop Seeds to Boost Koala Gum Tree Numbers After Devastating Australia Bushfires

Specialized drones are being tested in a program to increase koala populations on Australia's east coast by dropping gum tree seeds.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation
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26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation

BACE Group CEO Charlette N'Guessan, 26, is the first woman named to receive the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR
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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.

AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data
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AI Identifies 50 New Planets From Old NASA Data

Machine learning artificial intelligence found 50 new planets by mining old data from the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI
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Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI

The Royal Australian Air Force has received a prototype of a jet-powered drone that Boeing Australia said will use artificial intelligence to "fly independently...

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
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Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation
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This Robot Is Helping Astronauts on the Space Station With Tasks, Stress, Isolation

A ball-shaped robot is helping astronauts on the International Space Station manage tasks, stress, and the isolation of living 200 miles above our planet’s surface...

Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus
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Grocery Stores Turn to Robots During the Coronavirus

Local grocers and large supermarket chains are deploying robots to clean floors, stock shelves, and deliver groceries during the coronavirus pandemic

IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research
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IBM Partners with White House to Direct Supercomputing Power for Coronavirus Research

IBM will help coordinate an initiative to supply more than 330 petaflops of computing power to scientists researching COVID-19.
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