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Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds
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Battery-free Devices Float on the Wind like Dandelion Seeds

University of Washington researchers have developed a tiny battery-free device that can be blown by wind currents, like dandelion seeds.

Could the Internet be Driven by Climate-friendly 'Natural Intelligence'?
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Could the Internet be Driven by Climate-friendly 'Natural Intelligence'?

The Solar Protocol project aims to highlight the environmental impact of the Internet, the devices and systems that use it, and the servers that support it.

See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department
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See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department's robots last year. ...

WARNING: Objects in Driverless Car Sensors May Be Closer Than They Appear
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WARNING: Objects in Driverless Car Sensors May Be Closer Than They Appear

Researchers have identified an attack strategy that can trick industry-standard autonomous vehicle sensors into believing nearby objects are closer or further than...

Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists
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Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists

Companies are experimenting with personalized diet apps, saying the future of healthy eating is A.I.

Robots with Realistic Pain Expressions Can Reduce Examination Error, Bias
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Robots with Realistic Pain Expressions Can Reduce Examination Error, Bias

A new technique for generating more realistic facial expressions of pain on robotic patients could also help correct signs of bias among medical students.

Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It
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Walgreens Replaced Some Fridge Doors with Screens; Some Shoppers Absolutely Hate It

Some customers are furious with Walgreens and other retailers’ replacement of clear fridge and freezer doors with iPad-like screens displaying items within.

Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use
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Virginia Lawmakers OK Lifting Ban on Facial Technology Use

Virginia lawmakers have passed legislation to lift a ban on facial recognition technology and to permit police to use it in certain scenarios.

How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives
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How Wrongful Arrests Based on AI Derailed 3 Men's Lives

Robert Williams, Michael Oliver, and Nijeer Parks were misidentified by facial recognition software. The impact cast a long shadow.

Tiny Switches Give Solid-State LiDAR Record Resolution
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Tiny Switches Give Solid-State LiDAR Record Resolution

A new high-resolution light detection and ranging chip could pave the way for smaller, less-expensive LiDAR navigation systems.

The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests
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The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests

The technology is spreading fast among police, and often wrong. But people charged with crimes are rarely told an algorithm came into play.

War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question
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War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question

War in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia have made cryptocurrency a hot potato for international politics.

Hyperspectral Sensing, AI Pave Path for Monitoring Soil Carbon
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Hyperspectral Sensing, AI Pave Path for Monitoring Soil Carbon

New artificial intelligence-powered algorithms based on laboratory soil hyperspectral data can estimate soil organic carbon properties as precisely as fieldwork...

ML Offers Shortcut to Optimal HVAC Operation
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ML Offers Shortcut to Optimal HVAC Operation

A new method for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning control mechanisms use machine learning to balance energy cost, comfort, and efficiency while enabling...

Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision
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Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision

The cryptocurrency boom has spawned enterprises democratically governed by a community of users. Or that's the theory. Making it work has been much mess

Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict
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Volunteer Hackers Converge on Ukraine Conflict

The online battles have blurred lines between state-backed hackers and patriotic amateurs, making it difficult for governments to understand who is attacking them...

'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds
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'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds

Researchers combined surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and a deep learning model to identify bacteria in seconds with up to 98% accuracy.

Cutting Through the Clutter
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Cutting Through the Clutter

Harvard Medical School scientists created the vibration of effects auditing tool to improve the reliability of studies that explore the relationships between things...

Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New
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Twitter Wants to Reinvent Itself, by Merging the Old With the New

The company is undertaking a far-reaching effort to change how it works. For some, it is an echo of their early idealism and a vision for what the Internet could...

Robust Radar: AI Sensor Technology for Autonomous Driving
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Robust Radar: AI Sensor Technology for Autonomous Driving

An artificial intelligence system for automotive radar sensors filters out interfering signals from other radar sensors to improve object detection.
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