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Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams
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Researchers Rev Up Innovative ML Strategies to Reclaim Energy, Time, and Money Lost in Traffic Jams

Researchers found that next-generation sensors and controls used with high-performance computing, analytics, and machine learning could minimize road congestion...

Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation
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Researchers Develop First-of-Its-Kind Extended Reality Testbed to Speed Virtual, Augmented Reality Innovation

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign researchers have launched an open source extended reality testbed to democratize XR systems research.

SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security
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SolarWinds, Microsoft Hacks Prompt Focus on Zero-Trust Security

A U.S. Department of Defense spokesperson said the public and private sectors should adopt zero-trust models of security.

How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?
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How Close Is Ordinary Light to Doing Quantum Computing?

Researchers say it is possible to use mirrors to generate a light beam with multiple classical entanglements.

How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run
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How Data Is Changing the Way Offices Are Run

Building owners are using data collection and artificial intelligence to help control systems like heating, lighting, air quality, and even the flow of workers....

Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans
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Cobots Act Like Puppies to Better Communicate with Humans

Zoomorphic gestures inspired by dogs makes understanding cobots intuitive for anyone.

AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster
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AI Agent Helps Identify Material Properties Faster

Researchers have demonstrated that artificial intelligence can speed up X-ray diffraction data analysis and improve accuracy in searches for new materials.

Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases
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Google Play Apps Steal Texts, Pepper You With Unauthorized Purchases

McAfee mobile researchers have discovered malware hidden in eight Google Play apps that steals users' text messages and makes unauthorized purchases.

Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators
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Coding to Hide Health Prices From Web Searches Is Barred by Regulators

Federal regulators now require hospitals and insurers to disclose long-confidential pricing data, including rates that insurers pay for services.

Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.
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Facebook Now Has to Ask Permission to Track Your iPhone. Here's How to Stop It.

With the new iOS 14.5, apps have to seek your permission to track you. Here's what to tap, and two privacy settings to change immediately.

Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.
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Still Getting Your Head Around Digital Currency? So Are Central Bankers.

If you are trying to grasp Bitcoin and understand what China's digital yuan means, America's Federal Reserve is right there with you.

Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules
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Chemical Code Used to Store Jane Austen Quote in Plastic Molecules

University of Texas at Austin researchers encoded a quote from Jane Austen's novel Mansfield Park in software-readable plastic molecules.

Quantum Sensing Takes Shape
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Quantum Sensing Takes Shape

Opening up the world around us by detecting changes in quantum states.

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent
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This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI.

Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code
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Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code

Programs such as GPT-3 can compose convincing text. Some people are using the tool to automate software development and hunt for bugs.

Which City Rates as Best Place to Work in Tech?
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Which City Rates as Best Place to Work in Tech?

A professional social network surveyed users at technology firms in five U.S. cities to determine which cities they think treat tech workers best.

Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data
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Newer Planes Providing Airlines a Trove of Useful Data

The retirement of older aircraft during the pandemic has resulted in a fleet increasingly equipped with digital technologies.

Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities
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Multiple Agencies Breached by Hackers Using Pulse Secure Vulnerabilities

The U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency said hackers had infiltrated federal agencies and other critical organizations.

AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say
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AI's Carbon Footprint Is Big, But Easy to Reduce, Google Researchers Say

Researchers have released the most accurate estimates to date for the carbon footprint of large artificial intelligence systems.

Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules
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Robot Taught Table Etiquette Can Explain Why It Won't Follow the Rules

Researchers programmed a humanoid robot with software that models human cognitive processes.
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