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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Neuroscientists find the internal workings of next-word prediction models resemble those of language-processing centers in the brain.

A New Quantum Computing Method is 2,500% More Efficient
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A New Quantum Computing Method is 2,500% More Efficient

A quantum computing breakthrough just brought applications years closer.

Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills
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Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills

A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions.

Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers
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Most Popular, Fastest-Growing Programming Languages for Developers

SlashData's 21st State of the Developer Nation Report listed JavaScript as the most popular programming language in the third quarter.

Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior
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Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior

Researchers have developed an algorithm which they say is 91% accurate in predicting suicidal thoughts and behavior (STB) among adolescents.

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers
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Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

An international team of scientists used supercomputing to strengthen existing antibiotics' effectiveness against bacterial resistance.

Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking
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Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Scientists  have developed a secure identity verification technique based on the precept that information cannot exceed the speed of light.

Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages
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Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

The new Prune, Adjust, and Re-Prune (PARP) technique allows an advanced speech-learning model learn uncommon spoken languages more easily.

Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation
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Tim Berners-Lee Wants to Put Online Privacy on a Solid Foundation

Said Berners-Lee, "The tracks are laid, the trains are ready to run, trusted data is ready to flow."

The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes
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The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The bots convincingly and effortlessly help hackers break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts.

Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices
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Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow used an algorithm to make home price estimates, called the "Zestimate," and determine what it would pay home sellers.

Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws
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Biden Administration Orders Federal Agencies to Fix Hundreds of Cyber Flaws

Agencies come under new pressure to close cybersecurity flaws after sometimes balking at such measures in the past.

Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor
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Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor

Autonomous robotic rover helps scientists with long-term monitoring of deep-sea carbon cycle and climate change.

Deep Learning AI Explained: Neural Networks
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Deep Learning AI Explained: Neural Networks

Ballyhooed artificial-intelligence technique known as "deep learning" revives 70-year-old idea.

Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers
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Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers

An international research team developed a visual analytics tool to address challenges faced by child welfare specialists using machine learning models to screen...

Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Increasing Wildfire Weather
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Climate Change Now the Main Driver of Increasing Wildfire Weather

Scientists say climate change is now the primary driver of extreme wildfires in the western U.S., with global warming largely responsible for conditions fueling...

Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication
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Tech Companies Push Users to Adopt Two-Factor Authentication

Technology companies are more aggressively urging the use of two-factor authentication by users, with some making the process mandatory.

Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia
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Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia

Florida Atlantic University researchers studied the effectiveness of interactive robotic pet cats in improving mood, behavior, and cognition in older adults with...

Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs
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Crowdsourced Cybersecurity: Hunting for Bugs

Companies offer big money to 'white-hat hackers' to find flaws in software products before the black hats do.
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