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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million
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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions...

Honeywell Says Quantum Computers Will Outpace Standard Verification in '18 to 24 Months'
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Honeywell Says Quantum Computers Will Outpace Standard Verification in '18 to 24 Months'

Compared to other companies, Honeywell's approach to quantum computing focuses on a narrower range of more stable qubits.

EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack
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EU Report Warns AI Makes Autonomous Vehicles 'Highly Vulnerable' to Attack

A report by the European Union Agency for Cybersecurity (ENISA) describes autonomous vehicles as "highly vulnerable to a wide range of attacks."

How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk
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How Machines Are Changing the Way Companies Talk

Economics and machine learning researchers have found artificial intelligence is making companies change how they communicate.

Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars
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Walmart, Cruise Launch Pilot to Deliver Orders via Self-Driving Cars

Autonomous vehicle startup Cruise has announced a partnership with Walmart to deliver orders from a Scottsdale, AZ, Walmart store to local customers' homes.

Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge
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Lyft Releases Self-Driving Vehicle Data Set, Launches $30,000 Challenge

Lyft has released a Prediction Dataset, which contains the logs of movements of cars, pedestrians, and other obstacles encountered by its 23 autonomous vehicles...

EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'
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EU Robotics Project Gives Maintenance Workers a 'Second Pair of Hands'

A five-year EU effort to develop a proactive humanoid assistant as a "second pair of hands" for industrial workers has concluded with the development of a new robotic...

Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors
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Intel Trains Neuromorphic Chip to Detect Odors

Intel and Cornell University researchers have trained Intel's Loihi neuromorphic processor to identify 10 materials from their odors.

Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects ­p to 120 Times Its Weight
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Origami-Inspired Robot Gripper Grasps Objects ­p to 120 Times Its Weight

Researchers have designed a robot-mounted gripper that can lift items of various weights, shapes, and sizes.

Nvidia ­nveils Real-Time Ray Tracing Turing Graphics Architecture
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Nvidia ­nveils Real-Time Ray Tracing Turing Graphics Architecture

Nvidia says it has "reinvented computer graphics" with its Turing graphics-processing unit architecture, which will serve as the platform for a new GPU family that...

How Pixar Made Monsters ­niversity, Its Latest Technological Marvel
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How Pixar Made Monsters ­niversity, Its Latest Technological Marvel

Monsters University, the new animated film from Disney's Pixar division that debuts on June 21, will serve as light summer entertainment for most audiences. But...

Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines
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Even Ray Kurzweil Is Nervous About a Future with Hyper-Intelligent Machines

Ray Kurzweil is looking forward to the year 2029.

With Kinect-Like Gestures, Softkinetic Leads the Way to Intel's Perceptual Computing
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With Kinect-Like Gestures, Softkinetic Leads the Way to Intel's Perceptual Computing

The age of perceptual computing starts with devices that can be controlled with the wave of your hand or the sound of your voice rather than just a mouse, keyboard...

iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big
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iPad Teardown Reveals $375.10 Total Cost; Samsung Wins Big

The new iPad costs about $364.35 for its bill of materials, according to a teardown analysis by IHS iSuppli. 
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