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Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies
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Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies

Robotics researchers are using large language models (LLMs) to skirt preprogramming limits.

Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm
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Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm

Open Bionics in Bristol, U.K., recently outfitted two children with bionic arms featuring Spider-Man covers.

'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation
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'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation

More than 400 AI experts and executives from various industries signed an open letter calling for increased regulation of deepfakes.

Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets
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Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets

Brain-computer interfaces are helping researchers learn more about brain anatomy.

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts
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iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.

Defending the Business
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Defending the Business

The potential for a cyber incident is a top risk to business globally.

The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0
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The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed off the latest iteration of their RoboGuide, an AI-powered quadruped robot designed to assist visually...

Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality
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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 found generally positive effects.

Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play
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Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play

The Brain Computer Interface program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital develops technology to allow disabled children to use their minds to move...

Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023
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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

The Association for Advancing Automation reported a 30% decline in robot orders by companies in North America last year.

Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation
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Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation

Researchers found that emojis mean different things to different people, depending on the viewer's age, gender, and nationality.

NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse
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NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse

The NASA-funded Eclipse Soundscapes Project is calling on citizen scientists to "listen" to the sounds of animals, birds, and insects during the April 8 total solar...

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck
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Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet, issued a recall for its software after two of its vehicles hit the same pickup truck minutes apart in Phoenix....

Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions
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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.

The Campaign Against Deepfakes
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The Campaign Against Deepfakes

Digital deceit is on the rise and needs to be addressed.

OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'
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OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'

The A.I. start-up is releasing a new version of ChatGPT that stores what users say and applies it to future chats.

3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection
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3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection

Using AI algorithms, researchers developed a 3D-printable foam that eventually could be used in bike helmets, shipping crates, and football pads.

Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities
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Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities

A new algorithm can be used to design synthetic DNA segments that provide real-time information about the identity and state of cells.

How to Find a Needle in a Haystack
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How to Find a Needle in a Haystack

AI pattern recognition algorithms speed up the search.

Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time
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Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time

Seventy years after the invention of a data structure called a hash table, theoreticians have found the most efficient possible configuration for it.
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