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For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar
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For Self-Driving Cars, the Hot New Technology Is Radar

Radar is one of the most popular new technologies for next-generation auto safety systems.

The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords
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The Problem with 'Complex' Passwords

University of Strathclyde in Scotland's Karen Renaud said requiring complex passwords to deter hackers has the unintended effect of making the process too difficult...

Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance
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Smartwatches: The Classroom Nuisance

Educators complain smartwatches distract students or, worse, encourage them to cut class, text friends, or even cheat.

Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening
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Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening

Many researchers are trying to train artificial intelligence to enable smartphones to analyze patterns in a person’s coughs.

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List
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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical...

Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing
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Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing

Google's sister company offers driver-supported rides to some residents in business model test case.

For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road
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For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road

Investors have rushed into startups that promise to have big rigs drive themselves, but a path to commercial markets remains a major challenge.

Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage
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Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage

Software startup Tastry Inc. has developed an artificial intelligence model that can help California winemakers salvage grapes damaged by wildfire smoke.

China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws
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China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws

China's top legislative body has passed a law requiring those handling the personal data of Chinese citizens to minimize data collection and obtain prior consent...

Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly
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Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly

From peppier engines for road trips to heated steering wheels in winter, automakers are developing intelligent vehicles that spot motorists' wants and let them...

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits
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Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits

A lack of demand prompted Japan's SoftBank Robotics Group to cease manufacturing the Pepper humanoid robot in August 2020, the company said this week.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

Artificial intelligence is taking over "edge" devices, including smartphones, home appliances, industrial sensors and actuators, and other devices with a microchip...

Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition
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Canadian Regulators Seek Policy Amendments for Facial Recognition

Canada's Office of the Privacy Commissioner has cited the Royal Canadian Mounted Police for illegally using facial recognition software from Clearview AI.

Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life
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Tech Companies Want to Make Holograms Part of Office Life

To reduce Zoom fatigue, some companies want to implement holograms in the workplace.

You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen
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You'll Soon be Able to Use Your Apple Watch Without Touching the Screen

Apple later this year will launch features that enable hand gesture-based control of Apple Watches, and eye-motion control of iPads.

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Auto insurer Geico has partnered with Tractable Ltd. to use artificial intelligence (AI) to obtain accurate damage estimates more quickly in an effort to speed...

Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries
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Warehouses Look to Robots to Fill Labor Gaps, Speed Deliveries

Warehouses are deploying robots to offset staff shortages and deliver orders rapidly as online demand for products surges due to the pandemic.

Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029
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Google Aims for Commercial-Grade Quantum Computer by 2029

Google intends to invest billions of dollars to build a commercial-grade quantum computer that can perform large-scale, error-free calculations by 2029.

Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots
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Walmart Is Pulling Plug on More Robots

The retailer has been phasing out automated pickup towers as curbside services have become popular.
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