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As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change
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As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change

Workers in Las Vegas are closely watching employers' adoption of artificial intelligence and other technologies rise as they strive to cut labor costs.

First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space
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First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space

U.S. aerospace company Redwire said it has three-dimensionally-printed a human body part in space for the first time.

Toughest Known Structure Discovered by Autonomous Robot Lab
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Toughest Known Structure Discovered by Autonomous Robot Lab

The Bayesian experimental autonomous researcher robotics laboratory at Canada's University of Toronto has discovered the most energy-absorbent mechanical structure...

British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars
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British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars

A study by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia found that a period of gradual transition will be necessary for road users to feel comfortable...

Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression
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Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression

Scientists in South Korea compared a custom robotic system developed for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coil placement to traditional manual methods in...

New Codes Could Make Quantum Computing 10 Times More Efficient
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New Codes Could Make Quantum Computing 10 Times More Efficient

Quantum computing is still really, really hard. But the rise of a powerful class of error-correcting codes suggests that the task might be slightly more feasible...

Decoding Speech
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Decoding Speech

Working to translate thoughts to speech or actions via a brain-computer interface.

Analog and Digital: The Best of Both Worlds in One Energy-Efficient System
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Analog and Digital: The Best of Both Worlds in One Energy-Efficient System

A new device combines ultra-thin two-dimensional semiconductors and ferroelectric materials, with the goal of integrating digital logic and brain-inspired analog...

New Route to a Quantum Internet
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New Route to a Quantum Internet

Researchers have developed a method for connecting quantum devices over long distances that involves sending telecom-ready light emitted from a single ion implanted...

How to Engineer a Reliable $1 Sensor for Safe Drinking Water
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How to Engineer a Reliable $1 Sensor for Safe Drinking Water

Engineers at the University of Chicago and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee developed a potentially mass-producible $1 sensor that can detect contaminants...

'Smart' Glasses Skew Power Balance with Non-Wearers
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'Smart' Glasses Skew Power Balance with Non-Wearers

Researchers at Cornell and Brown universities found that wearers of augmented reality or smart glasses hold certain advantages, according to non-wearers.

AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice
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AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice

The new HoloBoard system can be paired with Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality device to help non-speaking autistic individuals improve their motor skills...

Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential
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Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential

The U.K.'s National Quantum Computing Centre recently held its second quantum hackathon at the University of Birmingham,

Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco
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Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco

Despite receiving recent approval to expand their robotaxi services in San Francisco, Waymo and Cruise continue to face backlash over traffic and safety concerns...

A New Protocol to Reliably Demonstrate Quantum Computational Advantage
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A New Protocol to Reliably Demonstrate Quantum Computational Advantage

This protocol relies on mid-circuit measurements and a cryptographic technique.

Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages
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Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages

South Koreans are anxious over a flood of cheap Chinese robot waiters amid labor shortages, population declines, and growing rivalry with Chinese technology firms...

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...

These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI
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These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI

However, these tools are neither perfect, nor enough on their own.

These Nifty Drones Can Lock Together in Mid-Air to Form a Bigger, Stronger Robot
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These Nifty Drones Can Lock Together in Mid-Air to Form a Bigger, Stronger Robot

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have developed drones that can assemble and dissemble in mid-air.

Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order
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Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order

A new framework allows quadruped robots to perform tasks that get progressively more complex without having to relearn motions.
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