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Your Next FedEx Delivery Could Be a Pizza
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Your Next FedEx Delivery Could Be a Pizza

FedEx has unveiled an early model of an autonomous delivery robot.

­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms
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­.S. Cyber Command Operation Disrupted Internet Access of Russian Troll Factory on Day of 2018 Midterms

The U.S. military blocked Internet access to an infamous Russian entity seeking to sow discord among Americans during the 2018 midterms, several U.S. officials...

Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital
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Is That a Robot? Dr. Bear Bot Helps Care for Kids at Local Hospital

Children's National Health System in Washington, D.C., is the first pediatric hospital to deploy a remote-monitoring virtual liaison robot in its cardiac intensive...

Farmworker vs Robot
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Farmworker vs Robot

Both human and machine have 10 seconds per plant. They must find the ripe strawberries in the leaves, gently twist them off the stems and tuck them into a plastic...

How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles
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How Analytics are Making Peace Between Fishermen, Turtles

New predictive analytics technologies are helping researchers protect turtles, albatrosses, whales, and other endangered species from fishermen.

Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.
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Friendly Nurse or Nightmare-Inducing Machine? How Culture Programs Our Taste in Robots.

Slowly and silently, they glide across the floor wearing bright yellow dresses that look as though they were plucked from a haunted 1920s boarding school.

New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects ­sing Rays of Light
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New 3D Printing Technique Creates Solid Objects ­sing Rays of Light

Researchers have created a three-dimensional printer that can generate whole objects at once, instead of printing them layer by layer.

Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight
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Boeing's Self-Driving Air Taxi Completes First Test Flight

A prototype self-driving air taxi from Boeing's research and development unit completed its first flight in Manassas, VA, last week.

George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots
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George Mason Students Have New Dining Option: Food Delivered by Robots

George Mason University students will soon have a fleet of 25 autonomous wheeled robots delivering meals to them across campus.

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations
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Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model
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IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model

IBM will roll out a high-resolution weather forecast model this year.

A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods
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A Fleet of Autonomous Robots Is Making One of the World's Oldest Foods

An autonomous, bread-making robotic oven made by Wilkinson Baking of Walla Walla, WA, can produce 235 loaves daily.

The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.
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The German Sub Sank 76 Years Ago. Now Its Story Is Being Revealed in Eerie Fluorescent Detail.

The U-boat seems to loom out of the blackness, careening to starboard, as if to avoid a collision.

This Artist Is ­sing AI to Paint With His Mind
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This Artist Is ­sing AI to Paint With His Mind

Roboticist Alexander Reben uses artificial intelligence to create works of art.

China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are ­sing Drones to Save It.
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China's Great Wall Is 'Crumbling.' Now Architects Are ­sing Drones to Save It.

China is deploying drones to scan portions of the Great Wall reportedly too hazardous to cross, compiling information to support its rehabilitation.

Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p
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Shaken by Hype, Self-Driving Leaders Adopt New Strategy: Shutting ­p

Three former executives at Google, Tesla and Uber who once raced to be the first to develop self-driving cars have adopted a new strategy: Slow down. And shut up...

This App Knows When You've Been in an Accident—and Then It Calls 911 for You
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This App Knows When You've Been in an Accident—and Then It Calls 911 for You

A new mobile application accesses a smartphone's sensors to determine if the phone's owner has been in an auto accident, and can alert 911 emergency services if...

Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone
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Microsoft Calls for Regulation of Facial Recognition, Saying It's Too Risky to Leave to Tech Industry Alone

Microsoft is calling for government regulation on facial-recognition software, one of its key technologies, saying such artificial intelligence is too important...

SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station
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SpaceX Is Flying an Artificially Intelligent Robot Named CIMON to the International Space Station

An artificially intelligent robot was launched to the International Space Station last week to assist with scientific experiments.

A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?
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A Google Program Can Pass As a Human on the Phone. Should It Be Required to Tell People It's a Machine?

Google's artificial-intelligence assistant sounds almost exactly like a human when it calls the salon to book a woman's hair appointment.
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