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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...

The AI Magic Show
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The AI Magic Show

Explanations about how deep learning and large language models actually work often emphasized incomprehensibility, or a model's explainability or interpretability...

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.

Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness
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Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness

Quantum states are incredibly delicate and easily destroyed. The perfect solution could lie in imperfect crystals.

3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home
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3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home

A massive three-dimensional printer is being used to build what is thought to be the first 3D-printed two-story home in the U.S.

Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters
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Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) adopted the pendulum's underlying mathematics to develop a model that could improve robots' drinks...

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.

Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates
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Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates

U.K. informed consumer brand Which? warns smart appliances could stop operating after only two years due to a cessation of software updates from manufacturers. ...

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.

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?
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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?

A popular cosmological theory holds that the cosmos runs on quantum codes. So how hard could it be to tweak the supreme algorithm?

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach
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Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.

Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse
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Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse

Metaverse technologies unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) included sensory products that can replicate sensations and even odors in virtual...

Sailor-Less Ships Head to Port on AI Wave
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Sailor-Less Ships Head to Port on AI Wave

Artificial intelligence-powered unmanned boat technology was among the technologies showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023).

A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom
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A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom

An investment frenzy over "generative artificial intelligence" has gripped Silicon Valley, as tools that generate text, images and sounds in response to short prompts...

Video Gamers Feel Bees, Bullets with Simulation Tech at CES 2023
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Video Gamers Feel Bees, Bullets with Simulation Tech at CES 2023

The 2023 Consumer Electronics Show showcased videogaming products that reproduce physical sensations, like bullet hits and rain.
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