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Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench
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Submersible Soft Robot Survives Pressure of Mariana Trench

A silicone rubber submersible robot engineered by researchers at China's Zhejiang University successfully withstood the immense pressures in the Mariana trench....

How a 10-Second Video Clip Sold for $6.6 Million
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How a 10-Second Video Clip Sold for $6.6 Million

Art collector Pablo Rodriguez-Fraile, who bought a 10-second video clip for $67,000 even though it was freely available to watch, recently sold it for $6.6 million...

Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads
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Google to Stop Tracking Users for Targeted Ads

Google says it will no longer track users across Internet searches to sell targeted advertising, and will not build alternative user-tracking models.

CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations
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CVS, Walgreens Look for Big Data Reward From Covid-19 Vaccinations

Pharmacy chains including CVS Health, Walmart, and Walgreens-Boots Alliance are collecting data from customers as they sign up for coronavirus vaccinations.

Cybersecurity Researchers Build Better 'Canary Trap'
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Cybersecurity Researchers Build Better 'Canary Trap'

The WE-FORGE data protection system uses an artificial intelligence version of the "canary trap," which distributes multiple false documents to conceal secrets....

Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All
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Way Beyond AlphaZero: Berkeley, Google Work Shows Robotics May Be Deepest Machine Learning of All

A new report found that the hardest and perhaps most promising work of deep learning may lie in the realm of robotics,

The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down
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The Bitcoin Blockchain Is Helping Keep a Botnet From Being Taken Down

Researchers found that a botnet they have been following disguised one of its IP addresses in the bitcoin blockchain to guard against a command-and-control server...

AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success
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AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success

Artificial intelligence has achieved record high scores on videogames played on classic Atari consoles, by recalling previous successes.

China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency
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China Charges Ahead with National Digital Currency

China is forging ahead with a national digital currency called the electronic Chinese yuan (eCNY).

Quantum Internet Closer to Reality, Thanks to This Switch
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Quantum Internet Closer to Reality, Thanks to This Switch

Engineers have overcome an obstacle to the development of a quantum Internet with a programmable switch.

AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise
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AI Panel Urges U.S. to Boost Tech Skills Amid China's Rise

The National Security Commission on Artificial Intelligence's final report to Congress calls on the U.S. to enhance its AI skills as a means of countering China...

New York, IBM Begin Testing Covid-19 Digital Health Pass
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New York, IBM Begin Testing Covid-19 Digital Health Pass

IBM and New York State have initiated testing of their forthcoming blockchain-based Covid-19 digital health pass, Excelsior Pass.

Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'
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Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'

The Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index estimated the electricity used to mine bitcoins last year equaled the annual carbon footprint of Argentina. ...

A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It
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A Letter Sealed for Centuries Has Been Read--Without Even Opening It

An international team of researchers used computer algorithms and x-ray scanning to read a tightly folded letter sealed since 1697, without actually opening it....

Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste
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Japanese Companies Go High-Tech in the Battle Against Food Waste

Japanese firms are accelerating the use of advanced technology to combat food waste and reduce costs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

2021 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced
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2021 CRA Distinguished Service and A. Nico Habermann Awardees Announced

The CRA board of directors has announced its selections for the 2021 CRA Awards.

AI Ethics Research Conference Suspends Google Sponsorship
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AI Ethics Research Conference Suspends Google Sponsorship

The decision followed days of questions about whether the conference would continue its relationship with Google following the company's treatment of Ethical AI...

Prague Theater to Stage Play Written by AI, on 100th Anniversary of Capek's R.U.R.
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Prague Theater to Stage Play Written by AI, on 100th Anniversary of Capek's R.U.R.

Prague's Švanda Theatre plans to stage a play written by artificial intelligence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Karel Capek's R.U.R.

The Worldwide Web as We Know It May Be Ending
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The Worldwide Web as We Know It May Be Ending

Threats of regulatory crackdowns on technology companies worldwide are expected to become more common, increasingly fragmenting the Internet.
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