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Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball
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Virtual Tennis Racket Uses Air Jet to Recreate Feel of Hitting Ball

Researchers have developed the AirRacket, a virtual reality controller that emits bursts of compressed air to simulate a ball's impact in racket sports.

AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions
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AIs Could Be Hacked with Undetectable Backdoors to Make Bad Decisions

Renegade staff theoretically could insert undetectable backdoors in third-party artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms, enabling hackers to commandeer the AIs...

Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems
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Chemical Computer Can Be Programmed to Solve Hard Problems

Researchers have programmed a chemical computer to solve specific problems, following earlier research on encoding data into the system.

Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters
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Meta Using AI to Create Low-Carbon Concrete for Its Datacenters

Meta researchers used artificial intelligence to develop concrete that it claims generates 40% less carbon emissions than standard concrete mixtures.

Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds
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Ordinary Copper Telephone Wire Could Carry Gigabit Broadband Speeds

Researhers claim copper telephone wire already deployed across Britain can carry data at rates three times higher than fiber-optic cable at much less cost, over...

Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order
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Laser-Based 3D Printer Produces Complex Objects in Any Order

Stanford University researchers have developed a three-dimensional printing system that can construct objects in any order, instead of layer by layer.

Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls
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Surveillance Drone Saves Power by Deliberately Crashing into Walls

New York University researchers have built a small surveillance drone able to extend its battery life by attaching itself to a wall and powering down its rotors...

Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards
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Power Use Reveals Harmful Chips Hidden on Circuit Boards

A circuit board's power consumption can reveal malicious tampering designed to facilitate Trojan attacks to steal sensitive data or crash a device when triggered...

Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green
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Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University found driverless cars could be fooled into seeing red traffic lights as green.

AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong
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AI Can Create Computer Inside Itself to Run Another AI, Play Pong

University of Pennsylvania researchers have developed an approach that enables a neural network to run a code like a standard computer.

Watch a Robot Peel a Banana Without Crushing It
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Watch a Robot Peel a Banana Without Crushing It

A machine learning system developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can train a robot to peel a banana without crushing it.

AI Can Help Historians Restore Ancient Texts
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AI Can Help Historians Restore Ancient Texts

DeepMind AI tool helps historians restore ancient Greek texts with 72% accuracy with human help

Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked
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Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked

Ward Beullens at IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland easily cracked a cryptography algorithm touted as one of three contenders for a global standard against quantum...

People Are Bad at Spotting Fake LinkedIn Profiles Generated by AI
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People Are Bad at Spotting Fake LinkedIn Profiles Generated by AI

Scientists  found fake profiles produced by artificial intelligence on the business social network LinkedIn can easily deceive people.

Will Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Trigger a Cyberwar?
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Will Russia's Invasion of Ukraine Trigger a Cyberwar?

Russia, Ukraine, and many of the latter's Western allies have the ability to launch cyberattacks on other nations, and both sides seem ready for digital skirmishes...

Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco
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Google, Waymo Used Driverless Cars to Make Virtual San Francisco

Researchers at driverless car company Waymo and Google Research used self-driving vehicles to create a virtual model of San Francisco.

AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems
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AI Can Erase Tattoos from Photos to Help Face Recognition Systems

Researchers trained an algorithm to remove facial tattoos from images, in order to improve facial recognition systems.

Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People
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Fake Faces Created by AI Look More Trustworthy than Real People

Researchers found that people have a hard time distinguishing images of human faces created by artificial intelligence from images of real faces.

Hybrid AI: A New Way to Make Machine Minds that Really Think Like Us
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Hybrid AI: A New Way to Make Machine Minds that Really Think Like Us

In the quest to make artificial intelligence that can reason and apply knowledge flexibly, many researchers are focused on fresh insights from neuroscience. Should...

AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers
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AI Efficiently Fixes Mistakes in Error-Prone Quantum Computers

Artificial intelligence can eliminate errors from a group of quantum bits, thanks to researchers at Germany's RWTH Aachen University.
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