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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk
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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate
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A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A research paper that dubs some artificial intelligence models "foundational" is sparking a dispute over the future of the field.

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive
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The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive

ASML's next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography machines achieve previously unattainable levels of precision, which means chips can keep shrinking for...

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches
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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.

Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed
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Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed

Researchers have identified a vulnerability in a software development kit affecting more than 83 million smart devices.

Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too
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Augmented Reality Is Coming for Your Ears, Too

New software applications are cleverly mapping audio to transport users to another space.

How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients
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How an Algorithm Blocked Kidney Transplants to Black Patients

A formula for assessing the gravity of kidney disease is one of many that is adjusted for race. The practice can exacerbate health disparities.

John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots
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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

Farm-equipment giant is buying Bear Flag Robotics, which makes autonomous tractors

This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment
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This New Way to Train AI Could Curb Online Harassment

Researchers in Denmark tried a new approach to training artificial intelligence: hiring people full-time to review and label posts for training, instead of relying...

 Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites
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Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy
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Trucks Move Past Cars on the Road to Autonomy

Money is pouring into autonomous trucking startups, just as many are souring on the short-term prospects for self-driving cars.

Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback
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Rats Took Over This Pacific Island. Now Drones Are Leading the Fightback

The conservation group Island Conservation plans to use drones to try to eliminate rats on Tetiaroa atoll and two other islands in French Polynesia, beginning in...

U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here
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U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here

The Pentagon says a ban on AI weapons isn't necessary, But missiles, guns and drones that think for themselves already kill people in combat, and have been for...

NFC Flaws Let Researchers Hack ATMs by Waving a Phone
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NFC Flaws Let Researchers Hack ATMs by Waving a Phone

An Android app can exploit flaws in near-field communication systems, enabling ATMs and a variety of point-of-sale terminals to be hacked.

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.

Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed
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Algorithm that Predicts Deadly Infections is Often Flawed

A study found that a system used to identify cases of sepsis missed most instances and frequently issued false alarms.

How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients
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How Apps and VR Therapy Can Help OCD Patients

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is often misunderstood. Here's what it is, and how those with OCD can use technology to help navigate uncertainty.

U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System
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U.K. Has a Plan for a New 'Pandemic Radar' System

Disease surveillance schemes to catch the next rising virus already exist—they're just not communicating with each other.

Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw
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Apple’s M1 Chip Has a Fascinating Flaw

The covert channel bug is harmless, but it demonstrates that even new CPUs have mistakes in them.
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