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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.

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...

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...

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.

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 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...

Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives
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Cyborg Grasshoppers Engineered to Sniff Out Explosives

Washington University researchers converted grasshoppers into bomb-sniffing tools by implanting electrodes in the insects' antenna lobes to tap into the capabilities...

Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands
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Mind-Controlled Robot Lets You Weld Metal Without ­sing Your Hands

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign researchers have developed a robot that can follow mental instructions from its operator to weld metal.

Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging
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Quantum Network Joins Four People Together for Encrypted Messaging

A new network design uses quantum key distribution to secure messages among four users.

Major Companies Are ­sing AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone
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Major Companies Are ­sing AI to Decide Who You Speak to on the Phone

Many large companies around the world use artificial intelligence-based software to manage millions of call-center conversations.

­K Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens
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­K Police Wants AI to Stop Violent Crime Before It Happens

Police in the UK want to predict serious violent crime using artificial intelligence, New Scientist can reveal. The idea is that individuals flagged by the system...

Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together
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Your Brain Is Like 100 Billion Mini-Computers All Working Together

Each of our brain cells could work like a mini-computer, according to the first recording of electrical activity in human cells at a super-fine level of detail....

AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses
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AIs Invent Weird New Limbs to Beat Virtual Obstacle Courses

What are the best two legs for running an obstacle course? One leg that crawls at the knee joint, and one massive leg dragged behind for stability like a kangaroo's...

Smartphone With a Finger Crawls Across the Table to Stroke Your Wrist
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Smartphone With a Finger Crawls Across the Table to Stroke Your Wrist

MobiLimb is a realistic-looking mechanical finger that plugs into the USB port of a mobile device as an additional way to interact with a smartphone or tablet. ...

This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope
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This Robot Crawls Over Your Body and Scans Your Skin With a Microscope

A palm-sized bipedal robot can carry out a medical inspection of a patient when a doctor is unavailable.

Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks
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Stupid AI: How Humans Can Stop Machines From Falling for Visual Tricks

Research from Johns Hopkins University suggests new ways to prevent artificial intelligence from being visually deceived.

AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human
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AI Tries Bad Improv Comedy to Trick People Into Thinking It Is Human

Improbotics is an artificial intelligence-based comedy theater that includes a human, a puppet, and a cyborg.

Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work
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Future Robot Swarms Should Copy Lazy Ants Who Let Others Do the Work

Researchers found insights into ant cooperation could be incorporated into the development of large swarms of robots.

Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again
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Think Your Surfing Is Secret in Private Browsing Mode? Think Again

Many computer users incorrectly believe private browsing protects them against computer viruses, targeted ads, geolocation, and tracking by employers and governments...
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