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Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To
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Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To

A brainwave-monitoring technique created by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Essex can identify to which specific piece of music people are listening.

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail
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Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail

Researchers at the U.K.'s Liverpool John Moores University and Egypt's Cairo University used software and a "reverse aging" process to replicate ancient Egyptian...

CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say
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CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say

"They use AI to rewrite the intros every two weeks or so because Google likes updated content. Eventually it gets so mangled that about every four months a real...

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?
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ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?

Creators need to pressure the courts, the market, and regulators before it's too late.

TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor
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TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor

Scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University have created a biological sensor to help robots detect and interpret odors.

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
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Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
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Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Mining the Margins to Save Lives
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Mining the Margins to Save Lives

Using artificial intelligence to ensure fewer donated kidneys are discarded, and that food donations make it to those in need via what is fast becoming an Internet...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?
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AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?

Many companies and laboratories are tapping artificial intelligence to develop more sophisticated chatbots.

Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins
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Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins

University of Arkansas researchers have developed computer models for calculating a drug candidate's protein-binding affinity.

AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier
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AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier

U.K. researchers have adapted an artificial intelligence algorithm to examine satellite images and identify the development of crevasses on the Thwaites Glacier...

China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes
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China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes

The Cyberspace Administration of China Tuesday began enforcement of its "deep synthesis" technology regulations in an effort to prevent the production of "deepfakes...

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems
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Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems

Utilities are using unmanned drones to inspect power lines and other infrastructure.

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice
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Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can instantly determine whether a person has exceeded the legal alcohol limit based on a 12-second recording of that...

Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires
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Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires

Thermal drones are being used by ecologists searching for koala populations in New South Wales, Australia.

Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations
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Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations

A new epidemic modeling approach could significantly accelerate pandemic simulations.

Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700
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Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Canadian startup Glüxkind showcased its Ella self-driving stroller
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