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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission
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Unpiloted Military Helicopter Flies 134 km in Simulated Mission

The U.S. Army flew an autonomous Black Hawk Helicopter 134 kilometers (83 miles) to deliver 230 kilograms (507 lbs.) of simulated and real blood.

Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms
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Russia Reactivates Its Trolls, Bots Ahead of Tuesday's Midterms

Researchers have identified a series of Russian information operations to influence American elections and, perhaps, erode support for Ukraine.

100 Times Longer Than Previous Benchmarks – A Quantum Breakthrough
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100 Times Longer Than Previous Benchmarks – A Quantum Breakthrough

Quantum computing engineers have set a new standard for silicon chip performance.

A Cheating Scandal Has Rocked the Chess World. The 'Chess Detective' Is on the Case
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A Cheating Scandal Has Rocked the Chess World. The 'Chess Detective' Is on the Case

As computers have surpassed human players, chess cheaters have increasingly relied on engines to gain an edge, both online and during in-person play.

U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers
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U.S. Government to Crack Down on 'Bossware' That Spies On Employees' Computers

"Close, constant surveillance and management through electronic means threaten employees' basic ability to exercise their rights."

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.

Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain
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Study Urges Caution When Comparing Neural Networks to the Brain

A study by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers revealed the difficulty of comparing neural networks to the brain.

Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator
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Trust in Online Content Moderation Depends on Moderator

New research found an individual's trust in online content moderation systems depends on whether the moderator is human or artificial intelligence, and the type...

Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research
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Robot Dog Contributes to AI Research

The University of Buffalo's (UB) Yubie robot dog is used as both for research and as an educational tool.

Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression
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Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression

Researchers analyzed Facebook posts to differentiate language associated with depression and with loneliness.

Samsung Breach Slams Consumers
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Samsung Breach Slams Consumers

Including this writer.

Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access
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Quantum Computer QuEra Joins Amazon's Cloud for Public Access

Quantum computer startup QuEra announced the public accessibility of its 256-quantum bit (qubit) Aquila computer through Amazon.com cloud's Braket quantum computer...

F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security
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F.T.C. Accuses Ed Tech Firm Chegg of 'Careless' Data Security

Chegg, a homework help app, exposed the data of 40 million users, including details about some students' sexual orientation and religion, regulators said in a legal...

Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons
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Quantum Computing May be Bolstered by Liquid-Like Electrons

Experiments conducted by scientists at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore may strengthen quantum computing with liquid-like electrons called parafermions...

A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse
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A 1990s Relic, Floppy Disks Get Second Life at California Warehouse

Floppydisk.com sells around 500 floppy disks per day.

Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time
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Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time

'Ambient computing' is coming, and it promises to change how we interact with the world. But there are still a lot of challenges — and concerns — to overcome.

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors
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HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors

Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality holographic headsets are connecting remote patients in Australia with metropolitan physicians.

Europe Prepares to Rewrite Internet Rules
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Europe Prepares to Rewrite Internet Rules

The enactment of the European Union's Digital Markets Act is expected to force big technology platforms to become more transparent and interoperable next year. ...

Music, Science and Healing Intersect in an A.I. Opera
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Music, Science and Healing Intersect in an A.I. Opera

The work-in-progress "Song of the Ambassadors" got a test run at Alice Tully Hall — with Lincoln Center's artistic director lending her brain.
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