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What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows
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Tracking Misinformation Campaigns in Real-Time Is Possible, Study Shows

The researchers hope software engineers will be able to build on their work to create a real-time monitoring system for exposing foreign influence in American politics...

Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning
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Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning

Researchers proposed a new machine learning approach that induces a photonic tensor core to conduct multiplications of matrices in parallel, boosting the speed...

Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects
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Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects

Researchers have developed a technique for realizing higher-resolution detection of nearby fast-moving objects in frequency modulated continuous wave LiDAR, critical...

Partnering With AI
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Partnering With AI

Human-machine interaction gets a fresh look.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...

Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology
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Rock Star, Web Founder Teaming Up on Technology

The Interspecies I/O forum last week announced the $1-million Coller Prize for Interspecies Conversation, whose backers include rock artist Peter Gabriel and former...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things
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Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things

The European Commission is mounting an antitrust investigation into the Internet of Things, targeting voice assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. ...

Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

Kimera builds a dense three-dimensional semantic mesh of an environment and can track humans in the environment.

Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking
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Google, Amazon, J&J Join WHO to Fight Covid-Era Smoking

Google, Amazon, and Johnson & Johnson have joined the World Health Organization effort to combat the global Covid-19 pandemic's threat to smokers, partly with artificial...

A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory
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A Life-Saving Jog to the Memory

An artificial intelligence-based sensor system can prevent children from being forgotten in locked cars.

Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine
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Bill Gates-Backed Company to Hunt for Cobalt Near Glencore Mine

Kobold Metals, a startup backed by Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos, and others, aims to search for cobalt near a nickel mine in northern Quebec using data analytics.

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

UNESCO Launches Worldwide Online Public Consultation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence
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UNESCO Launches Worldwide Online Public Consultation on the Ethics of Artificial Intelligence

UNESCO is inviting interested stakeholders to comment on the draft text before July 31.

Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans
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Japan Is Figuring Out How to Deliver Goods Untouched by Humans

Japanese companies are developing next-generation logistics technology to deliver goods untouched by humans, driven by worker shortages and the Covid-19 pandemic...

AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing
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AI Enables Efficiencies in Quantum Information Processing

Researchers at the U.S. Army Combat Capabilities Development Command's Army Research Laboratory and Tulane University integrated machine learning with quantum information...

Study: Only 18% of Data Science Students Are Learning AI Ethics
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Study: Only 18% of Data Science Students Are Learning AI Ethics

Only 15% of university instructors and professors surveyed are teaching artificial intelligence (AI) ethics, and just 18% of students say they are learning about...

AI's Carbon Footprint Problem
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AI's Carbon Footprint Problem

A new tool measures the hidden cost of machine learning.

Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans
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Recyclers Turn to Robots After Waste Import Bans

Waste import bans have prompted many companies to use robotic technologies to enhance their processing capabilities.
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