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Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs
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Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs

Amazon has rolled out a new warehouse robot in order to automate more jobs as the company seeks to reduce logistics costs.

Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars
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Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars

Volvo Cars will soon become the first automaker to install laser-based sensors across its entire fleet.

Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers
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Lego to Expand Online Ambitions by Tripling Total of Software Engineers

The world's largest toymaker has long feared the digital world could erode the appeal of its bricks.  

Robots Give Surgeons a Helping Hand
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Robots Give Surgeons a Helping Hand

About 6,700 Da Vinci robots in place at hospitals across the globe have performed more than 10 million surgical procedures.

A License to Print Houses
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A License to Print Houses

Three-dimensionally-printed homes are starting to catch on.

AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.
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AWS Outage Ripples Through U.S.

An outage of Amazon Web Services Tuesday angered millions of U.S. users

Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores
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Supermarkets Grapple with Checkout-Free Stores

J Sainsbury recently opened a checkout-free shop in London's Holborn district, where Amazon and Tesco also operate checkout-free stores.

Big Tech Talent War Threatens Kenya's Startups
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Big Tech Talent War Threatens Kenya's Startups

Technology giants like Microsoft that have set up operations in Kenya are poaching talent from local startups.

Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets
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Goldman Sachs Predicts Quantum Computing is 5 Years Away from Use in Markets

US bank and QC Ware looked into use of the technology to price complex derivatives.

U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials
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U.K. Regulator Gives Green Light to Delivery Drone Trials

The U.K. Civil Aviation Authority authorized a trial in which drone company Sees.ai will operate drone flights beyond the pilot's line of sight at remote industrial...

The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'
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The Future of Wearables: 'Women Have Used Earrings for 7,000 Years. We've Just Upgraded the Experience'

German startup Nova Audio has created pearl earrings that double as earphones, with a tiny speaker, two microphones, an antenna, a Bluetooth chip, and a battery...

Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap
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Women Primed to Fill Cybersecurity Talent Gap

Cybersecurity analysts are in great demand thanks to the surge in remote work due to the pandemic; hiring more women can help narrow the talent gap.

Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19
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Japan Inc. Finds New Business Case for Robotics During Covid-19

Heavy investment in robots helped many Japanese businesses manage an increase in online orders during the pandemic.

Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home
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Bowls, Vases, Lamps: How 3D Printing Came Home

Designers and engineers are modifying three-dimensional printing technology to make domestic products, like furniture and homeware, that would be impossible or...

Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees
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Companies Wrestle With Growing Cybersecurity Threat: Their Own Employees

As companies navigate an increase in cyberattacks amid the coronavirus pandemic, they must contend with the security threats posed by their own employees.

Automation Finds Home in Building Design
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Automation Finds Home in Building Design

Startup Higharc iteratively creates customized three-dimensional home designs via algorithmic modeling.

Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI
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Novartis, Microsoft Join Forces to Develop Drugs Using AI

Novartis and Microsoft have agreed to a five-year partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) to develop new drugs faster, and with greater precision.

­.S. ­niversities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company
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­.S. ­niversities Reconsider Links With Chinese AI Company

U.S. universities are reevaluating their ties to Chinese artificial intelligence firm iFlyTek, whose voice recognition and analysis products are used by Chinese...

How the ­.K. Plans to Teach Computer Science to Every Child
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How the ­.K. Plans to Teach Computer Science to Every Child

The Raspberry Pi startup will train 40,000 U.K. teachers to teach computer science, with the ultimate goal of teaching computer science to all U.K. schoolchildren...

Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking
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Facebook Raises Fears with Ad Tracking

Facebook is working with a controversial data company called Datalogix that can track whether people who see ads on the social networking site end up buying those...
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