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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands
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Robots Now Can Understand What You Are Saying to Follow Commands

University of Michigan researchers have developed a model that simplifies robots' ability to follow commands by allowing them to understand what people are saying...

Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms
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Software Can Spy on What You Type in Video Calls by Tracking Your Arms

A new model can track the movement of the shoulders and arms of a person typing during a video call to determine what they are typing.

Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy
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Smartwatches Could Predict Your Marathon Time With Increased Accuracy

Researchers at the French National Center for Scientific Research have developed a mathematical model for more accurately predicting race times from the data assembled...

AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance
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AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance

Rutgers University researchers have trained a camera-linked artificial intelligence to read the tactile properties of an object when presented with a photograph...

AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips
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AI Can Edit Video in Real Time to Sync Audio to People's Lips

Researchers at India's International Institute of Information Technology (IIIT) have developed artificial intelligence that tweaks video footage in real time to...

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos
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AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos

A new algorithm uses artificial intelligence to digitally remove unwanted objects in photos.

Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale
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Army of a Million Microscopic Robots Created to Explore on Tiny Scale

University of Pennsylvania  researchers have developed microscopic robots that move by themselves, using an actuator fashioned from a thin layer of platinum.

Virtual Assistant Will Screen Your Phone Calls to Block Spammers
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Virtual Assistant Will Screen Your Phone Calls to Block Spammers

Georgia Institute of Technology researchers have developed a virtual assistant that screens phone calls to block robocallers.

Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test
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Quantum Version of the Ancient Game of Go Could Be Ultimate AI Test

Researchers have created a more complex version of the ancient Chinese board game Go using quantum entanglement.

Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance
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Single Particles of Light Can Be Used for Remote 3D Surveillance

Researchers at the University of Science and Technology of China used a single-photon version of LiDAR to remotely capture extremely detailed three-dimensional...

Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea
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Australia Will Use Robot Boats to Find Asylum Seekers at Sea

Australia is deploying unmanned robot boats to patrol its waters and monitor weather and wildlife, as well as identifying boats potentially transporting asylum...

Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas
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Uber, Lyft Pricing Algorithms Charge More in Non-White Areas

George Washington University researchers found apparent racial bias in pricing algorithms used by ride-hailing companies like Uber and Lyft.

U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web
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U.S. Voting Data from Millions of People is Being Traded on the Dark Web

Researchers have found that data on millions of U.S. voters is being illegally traded on parts of the Internet not searchable using normal means.

Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing
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Fake News Gets Shared More When It is Angry, Anxiety-Inducing

Researchers in China have found that fake news may go viral more quickly when it uses words associated with anger.

Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight
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Human-like Cyborg Eye Could Power Itself Using Sunlight

A new spherical visual sensor mimics the structure of the human eye.

Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions
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Pocket-Sized Device Tests Blood Samples for Genetic Conditions

A new smartphone-powered DNA detector can identify DNA in blood, urine, and other samples, on the spot.

AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea
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AI Can Search Satellite Data to Find Plastic Floating in the Sea

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system that can identify sea plastic in satellite imagery.

AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity
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AI Can Distinguish Between Bots, Humans Based on Twitter Activity

Researchers trained an artificial intelligence system to detect Twitter bots based on differences in the patterns of Tweeting activity of real and fake accounts...

DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass
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DeepMind AI Can Understand the Unusual Atomic Structure of Glass

DeepMind researchers used machine learning to simulate how atomic particles in a piece of glass respond to different temperatures and pressures.
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