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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It
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Slouch or Slack Off, This 'Smart' Office Chair Cushion Will Record It

"Smart cushions" designed by a Chinese technology company and used in office chairs have engendered controversy over privacy and surveillance.

The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021
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The Tech That Will Invade Our Lives in 2021

Spoiler: We're looking at another year of Internet services dominating many aspects of our lives.

Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality
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Does the Shoe Fit? Try It On with Augmented Reality

Retailers are increasingly reliant on augmented reality technology to help consumers try on products, hoping to virtually recreate the real-world shopping experience...

Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves
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Police Drones Are Starting to Think for Themselves

In one Southern California city, flying drones with artificial intelligence are aiding investigations while presenting new civil rights questions.

Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy
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Don't Fear the Robots, and Other Lessons From a Study of the Digital Economy

A task force assembled by MIT examined how technology has changed, and will change, the work force.

Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips
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Apple Introduces New Macs With the First Apple Chips

Apple unveiled three new Mac computers that use processors the company created itself, ending its reliance on Intel.

Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor
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Finally, the First Room-Temperature Superconductor

It conveys electricity in the climate of a crisp fall day, but only under pressures comparable to what you'd find closer to Earth's core.

Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground
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Fix, or Toss? The ‘Right to Repair’ Movement Gains Ground

Both Republicans and Democrats are pursuing laws to make it easier for people to fix cellphones, cars, even hospital ventilators. In Europe, the movement is further...

Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.
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Schools Clamored for Seesaw’s App. That Was Good News, and Bad News.

It wasn't simple to become a do-it-all education tool almost overnight.

Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real
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Driverless Cars Go Humble to Get Real

Recent developments point to promise for driverless car technology, if we stay realistic.

When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?
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When We Can Hug Again, Will We Remember How It Works?

How to navigate when you should and shouldn't hug someone — and how not to hold on too long.

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?
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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients
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With Virtual Reality, Caregivers Can Become Patients

Carrie Shaw's struggle with her mother's dementia led her to create a company that allows users to experience the struggles of growing older.

For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)
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For Robots, It’s a Time to Shine (and Maybe Disinfect)

The pandemic has turned cleaning and other mundane building tasks into a challenge, stoking interest in machines as cost-effective solutions.

The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot
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The Star of This $70 Million Sci-Fi Film Is a Robot

Meet Erica, an android believed to be Hollywood's first fully autonomous artificially intelligent actor. Can she overcome the uncanny valley?

Apple to Ditch Intel Chips in Macs as It Consolidates Its Power
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Apple to Ditch Intel Chips in Macs as It Consolidates Its Power

The move, announced in the live-streamed start to the company's conference for developers, marks the end of a 15-year partnership.

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.

Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation
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Robots Welcome to Take Over, as Pandemic Accelerates Automation

Labor and robotics experts say social-distancing directives could spur more industries to automate.

A.I. Versus the Coronavirus
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A.I. Versus the Coronavirus

A new consortium of top scientists will be able to use some of the world's most advanced supercomputers to look for solutions.
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