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Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI
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Chip Startup Uses Light to Turbocharge AI

Luminous Computing has developed an optical microchip that runs AI models much faster than other semiconductors while using less power.

AI Mavericks Want to Build A Better Brain for Industrial Robots
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AI Mavericks Want to Build A Better Brain for Industrial Robots

Some big-names in AI and robotics are teaming up to develop a robot operating system that will aim to address the shortcomings of today's smartest machines.

How Quantum Computer Could Break 2,048-Bit RSA Encryption in 8 Hours
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How Quantum Computer Could Break 2,048-Bit RSA Encryption in 8 Hours

Researchers have developed a more efficient technique for decryption calculations by quantum computers.

Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality
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Mapping the World in 3D Will Let Us Paint Streets With Augmented Reality

The U.K. startup Scape provides a visual positioning service that uses global positioning systems and multiple camera images to localize users.

A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools
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A Robot Has Figured Out How to Use Tools

A new robotic system can figure out at least the first principles of tool use, through a combination of experimentation and observation.

 A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot
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A Revolutionary Imaging Technique Uses a Single Pixel to Fill Our Terahertz Blind Spot

At almost every wavelength, engineers have electromagnetic antennae that can detect and record the waves and create exotic images of the world at radio, microwave...

Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious
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Machine Learning Is Making Pesto Even More Delicious

Researchers have used machine learning to create basil plants that are extra-tasty.

The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat
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The Animal-AI Olympics Is Going to Treat AI Like a Lab Rat

In one of Aesop's fables, a thirsty crow finds a pitcher with a small amount of water beyond the reach of its beak.

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light
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A 'Halo Drive' Could Accelerate Interstellar Spacecraft to Close to the Speed of Light

Back in 2016, the physicist Stephen Hawking and the billionaire Yuri Milner unveiled a plan to travel to the stars. The so-called Breakthrough Starshot project...

Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights
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Drones That Perch Like Birds Could Go on Much Longer Flights

Yale University researchers have designed an observational drone that can perch like a bird to save energy.

DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber
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DeepMind is Asking How AI Helped Turn the Internet into an Echo Chamber

Researchers have analyzed how different recommendation algorithms can accelerate or decelerate filter bubbles and echo chambers online.

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading
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Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

As an experienced cyber first responder, Julian Gutmanis had been called plenty of times before to help companies deal with the fallout from cyberattacks.

An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News
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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything
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The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

There was a time when the world's two great superpowers were obsessed with nuclear weapons technology.

We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next
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We Analyzed 16,625 Papers to Figure Out Where AI Is Headed Next

A study of 25 years of artificial-intelligence research suggests the era of deep learning is coming to an end.

Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out
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Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe wants 40% of payments in that country to be cashless by 2025.

We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables
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We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables

Blake Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about things like superconducting cables and supercooled refrigerators.

Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
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Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley...

A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI
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A Country's Ambitious Plan to Teach Anyone the Basics of AI

Finland has launched an ambitious challenge to teach the basics of artificial intelligence to 1% of its population.
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