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Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself
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Robotic Arms Connected to Brain of Partially Paralyzed Man Allow Him to Feed Himself

Johns Hopkins University researchers led a team that developed a robotic system that allowed a partially paralyzed man to feed himself.

NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms
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NIST Announces First Four Quantum-Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms

Four additional algorithms are under consideration for inclusion in the standard, and NIST plans to announce the finalists from that round at a future date.

Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?
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Can Virtual Reality Help Autistic Children Navigate the Real World?

One company, Floreo, is hoping their tools will lead the way, despite some criticisms from autism self-advocates.

Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys
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Multiple Backdoored Python Libraries Caught Stealing AWS Secrets, Keys

Packages found in the official third-party software repository include loglib-modules, pyg-modules, pygrata, pygrata-utils, and hkg-sol-utils.

App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients
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App Helps Doctors Help Leukemia Patients

CLL-Pre-Diagnostic Lymphocytosis app helps doctors ID people at risk of infection following diagnosis of chronic lymphocytic leukemia.

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing
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California Grants First Permit to Test AVs Using Only Lidar Sensing

Vueron plans to unveil its next generation of Lidar AV platforms within the next few months.

Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies
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Quantum Computer Programming for Dummies

Scientists have formulated a new beginner-level guide for quantum computer programmers.

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields
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ML Helps Determine Health of Soybean Fields

Ohio State University researchers combined machine learning and flying drones into a tool for assessing the health of crop fields.

How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows
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How Safe Are Systems Like Tesla's Autopilot? No One Knows

Automakers and technology companies say they are making driving safer, but verifying these claims is difficult.

Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion
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Making Traffic Jams a Thing of the Past – AI Traffic Light System Could Drastically Reduce Congestion

A new artificial intelligence system reads live camera footage and adapts the lights to compensate.

Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records
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Reno Trusting the Blockchain with Building Records

Reno, NV, has launched a blockchain-based program for storing records in order to improve "clarity and transparency" in record-keeping.

California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet
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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips
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Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips

The researchers said they found "several out-of-bound read issues when the NAS handler functions read data from outside the Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message."

Oxford High Turned to AI to Detect Weapons After Shooting
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Oxford High Turned to AI to Detect Weapons After Shooting

Oxford High School in Michigan has been testing artificial intelligence-based gun detection software that can flag a firearm carried in plain sight in seconds. ...

Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers
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Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

Today, Microsoft's AI can take control of characters in Minecraft. Soon, it could help you control your whole computer.

U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI
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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI

The U.S. government has warned employers that artificial intelligence technology for screening new job candidates or tracking productivity could violate civil rights...

Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem
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Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem

The researchers explored how the vast available knowledge about backdoors in cryptography could be applied to machine learning.
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