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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer
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Computing Empowers Immune Cells to Kill Cancer

A team of computer scientists and bioengineers has developed a method of engineering T cells to recognize a specific combination of cancer markers.

Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?
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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Emotion artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are rare, with many scientists skeptical of the technology's utility.

How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems
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How Humans Use Objects in Novel Ways to Solve Problems

Researchers have developed a cognitive model that learns to use objects in novel ways to solve problems, like humans do.

Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems
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Mathematicians Apply 19th Century Ideas to Modern Computerized Algebra Systems

Mathematicians have added new symbolic integration functionality to the Sage computerized algebra system.

AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos
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AI Can Turn Spoken Language Into Photorealistic Sign Language Videos

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Surrey employed a neural network to render spoken language as sign language.

Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First
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Do You Have a Conflict of Interest? This Robotic Assistant May Find It First

A Swiss publisher of open-access journals has rolled out a robotic review assistant to check for potential conflicts of interest.

Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay
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Disney Is Teaching Robots How to Sculpt with Clay

Researchers created a system that allows human artists to train robots to sculpt clay, with tools that allow them to emulate artistic styles.  

Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods
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Search and Rescue Drones Use AI to Find People Lost in Woods

New drones are equipped with a deep learning application that improves the images they collect during search and rescue missions to better distinguish people from...

London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery
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London AI Lab Claims Breakthrough That Could Accelerate Drug Discovery

Researchers at DeepMind say they have solved "the protein folding problem," a task that has bedeviled scientists for more than 50 years.

China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code
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China's Xi Jinping Pushing for Global Covid QR Code

Chinese president Xi Jinping has called for a uniform set of policies and standards to ensure the "smooth functioning" of the global economy during the pandemic...

Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease
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Deep Learning Helps Robots Grasp, Move Objects with Ease

New artificial intelligence software integrates neural networks with motion-planning software to enable robots to assist humans in warehouse settings.

Rethinking Public Broadband
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Rethinking Public Broadband

U.S. infrastructure shortcomings re-ignite public/private debate over broadband.

Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges
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Climate Researchers Enlist Big Cloud Providers for Big Data Challenges

Climate science researchers increasingly are turning to the cloud for its ability to manage large amounts of data using machine-learning algorithms.

TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence
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TLDR: This AI Sums Up Research Papers in a Sentence

Software called TLDR (too long, didn't read) automatically produces one-sentence abstracts of research papers.

Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias
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Training AI Algorithms on Mostly Smiling Faces Reduces Accuracy, Introduces Bias

Researchers found that facial recognition systems show bias toward certain facial expressions.

Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic
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Job Interviews Without Interviewers, Products of the Pandemic

Video responses to set questions, online games that measure a person's traits and skills: The future of interviews is coming to a wider variety of professions in...

Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending
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Cloud Computing Is Grabbing More of Your IT Spending

Cloud-based corporate information technology spending should expand in the coming years, as businesses transition more applications and services, says Gartner. ...

Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study
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Worries of Widespread 'Tech Addiction' May Be Overblown, Says Study

Researchers found a weak relationship between early technology use and later technology use, indicating fears of widespread, long-lasting tech addiction may be...
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