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Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?
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Are You Ready for Sentient Disney Robots?

Some of the animatronics at Disney's parks have been doing their herky-jerky thing since the Nixon administration. The company knows that nostalgia won't cut it...

Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms
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Facebook's New Bet on Virtual Reality: Conference Rooms

The pandemic has renewed interest in virtual reality. Facebook is trying to capitalize with a new virtual meeting room service.

Some Members of Afghanistan’s All-Girls Robotics Team Flee
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Some Members of Afghanistan’s All-Girls Robotics Team Flee

The team won hearts worldwide in 2017 when six members were denied visas to travel to the U.S. for a robotics competition, only to be allowed in after public outcry...

Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba's Vaunted Health System Is Reeling
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Overwhelmed by Coronavirus, Cuba's Vaunted Health System Is Reeling

The Cuban government Tuesday published a new cyberterrorism law that makes it illegal to use telecommunications to post "offensive" material.

U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles
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U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles

It will be the broadest look yet at Tesla's assisted-driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to force a recall...

Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?
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Are Robotic Surgeries Really Better?

Robot-assisted surgeries have only modest advantages over other approaches, a large analysis found.

Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says
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Google Infringed on Patents Owned by Sonos, a Trade Judge Says

The preliminary finding will now be reviewed by the full U.S. International Trade Commission.

As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards
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As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards

Investors have poured $12.2 billion into cybersecurity companies so far this year, nearly $2 billion more than the total for all of 2020.

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.
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QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.

Fueled by a desire for touchless transactions, QR codes popped up everywhere in the pandemic. Businesses don't want to give them up.

Virtual Reality Has Arrived in the Art World. Now What?
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Virtual Reality Has Arrived in the Art World. Now What?

Virtual reality art is pouring out of the museum and onto your phone.

What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?
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What Should Happen to Our Data When We Die?

Anthony Bourdain's A.I.-generated voice is just the latest example of a celebrity being digitally reincarnated. These days, though, it could happen to any of us...

Will AI Grade Your Next Test?
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Will AI Grade Your Next Test?

Stanford University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence system designed to provide automated feedback to students taking the online Code in Place...

No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.
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No Soil. No Growing Seasons. Just Add Water, Technology.

Hydroponic farms are growing crops with innovative technologies, including machine learning algorithms, data analytics, and proprietary software, in the absence...

How AI Is Fighting Wildfires
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How AI Is Fighting Wildfires

The University of California, San Diego's Ilkay Altintas and colleagues have spent eight years helping fire managers and scientists combat wildfires through the...

Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era
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Constant but Camouflaged, Flurry of Cyberattacks Offers Glimpse of New Era

Once imagined as a new kind of warfare, government-linked hacking has instead become a widespread and perhaps permanent feature of the global order.

Bourdain Documentary's Use of A.I. to Mimic Voice Draws Questions
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Bourdain Documentary's Use of A.I. to Mimic Voice Draws Questions

The documentary "Roadrunner" by Morgan Neville uses 45 seconds of a voice that sounds like Bourdain, generated with artificial intelligence. Is it ethical?

What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?
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What Ever Happened to IBM's Watson?

IBM's artificial intelligence was supposed to transform industries and generate riches for the company. Neither has panned out. Now, IBM has settled on a humbler...

'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot
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'The Market Is Insane': Cars Are Sold Even Before They Hit the Lot

A shortage of computer chips is keeping automakers from producing enough cars to meet rising demand. Used cars are scarce, too.

Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets
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Why You Should Care About Your Right to Repair Gadgets

New legislation could simplify tech maintenance and make buying a new smartphone or computer the last resort.

Inside Facebook's Data Wars
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Inside Facebook's Data Wars

Executives at the social network have clashed over CrowdTangle, a Facebook-owned data tool that revealed users' high engagement levels with right-wing media sources...
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