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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People
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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People

Scientists evaluated eight artificial intelligence-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research, and found they may have difficulty detecting children...

Research Hack Reveals Call Security Risk in Smartphones
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Research Hack Reveals Call Security Risk in Smartphones

A multi-institutional team of researchers developed malware to extract caller information by screening vibration data from ear speakers recorded by a smartphone's...

The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here
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The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here

Ships without crews. Self-directed drone swarms. How a U.S. Navy task force is using off-the-shelf robotics and artificial intelligence to prepare for the next...

Octopus' Complex Cells Are Key to Their High Intelligence
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Octopus' Complex Cells Are Key to Their High Intelligence

Researchers explored the octopus's neural makeup that defines its learning processes using automated tissue preparation and new machine learning reconstruction...

Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors
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Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors

Scientists at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have formulated a "minimal manual guidance" model to train robots to learn how to open doors and dishwashers.

UC San Diego Computer Scientists Tackle Annual Waste of 1.5 Billion Junked Smartphones
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UC San Diego Computer Scientists Tackle Annual Waste of 1.5 Billion Junked Smartphones

University of California, San Diego computer scientists have proposed a method for repurposing deactivated smartphones.

Scientists Recreate Pink Floyd Song by Reading Brain Signals of Listeners
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Scientists Recreate Pink Floyd Song by Reading Brain Signals of Listeners

The audio sounds like it's being played underwater. Still, it's a first step toward creating more expressive devices to assist people who can't speak.

This Startup Engineered a Clever Way to Reuse Waste Heat from Cloud Computing
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This Startup Engineered a Clever Way to Reuse Waste Heat from Cloud Computing

Heata is now using these busy servers to heat water for homes.

Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash
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Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash

A driverless Cruise taxi with a passenger collided with a fire truck Thursday night, just one week after state officials allowed the service to expand.

The Desperate Hunt for the A.I. Boom's Most Indispensable Prize
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The Desperate Hunt for the A.I. Boom's Most Indispensable Prize

To power artificial intelligence products, start-ups and investors are taking extraordinary measures to obtain critical chips known as graphics processing units...

Humanoid Robot Can Pilot an Airplane Better Than a Human
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Humanoid Robot Can Pilot an Airplane Better Than a Human

Engineers and researchers are developing a humanoid robot that can fly airplanes without requiring cockpit modifications.

Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice
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Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice

Google is testing generative artificial intelligence technology programmed to serve as a life coach.

Computer Science Researchers Create Modular, Flexible Robots
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Computer Science Researchers Create Modular, Flexible Robots

Flexible robotic blocks developed by computer scientists at Dartmouth College, Rutgers University, and Yale University can be assembled into structures of different...

Data Centers at Risk Due to Flaws in Power Management Software
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Data Centers at Risk Due to Flaws in Power Management Software

Cybersecurity researchers at Trellix have identified vulnerabilities in commonly used applications in data centers that could allow hackers to gain access and shut...

People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch
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People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch

Bank of Ireland has fixed technical problems that allowed some customers to withdraw or transfer funds above what was in their accounts, it said Wednesday after...

Parenting a Three-Year-Old Robot
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Parenting a Three-Year-Old Robot

An open source AI agent developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Meta AI gives robots manipulation abilities equivalent to those of a three-year-old child...

VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers
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VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers

Computer scientists found hackers can translate the movements of virtual and augmented reality headset users into words using spyware and artificial intelligence...

From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?
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From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?

Physicists are using quantum computers to conjure exotic phenomena and claiming their creations are truly real.

Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'
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Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'

Officials said construction of the "world's most sophisticated roadway" on Interstate 94 in Wayne County, MI, has begun.

Glasgow University Spinout Raises $43 Million to 'Digitize Chemistry'
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Glasgow University Spinout Raises $43 Million to 'Digitize Chemistry'

Chemify, which was spun out of the U.K.'s Glasgow University in 2022, has received $43 million in funding to further its efforts to "digitize chemistry."
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