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Ancient Namibian Gemstone Holds Key to Future Quantum Computers
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Ancient Namibian Gemstone Holds Key to Future Quantum Computers

Hamid Ohadi of the School of Physics and Astronomy at the University of St Andrews said: "Making a quantum simulator with light is the holy grail of science."

U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group
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U.S. Authorities Link $600m Cryptocurrency Theft to Notorious North Korean Lazarus Group

The hacking incident occurred in March 2022, resulting in the theft of more than $600 million in Ethereum and USDC stablecoins.

Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets
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Magnetic Snoops Plunder Deep Learning's Secrets

Even the smallest window of opportunity for snooping cab pose a threat to the intellectual property and privacy of neural architectures.

How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens
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How Democracies Spy on Their Citizens

The inside story of the world's most notorious commercial spyware and the big tech companies waging war against it.

Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green
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Driverless Cars Can Be Tricked into Seeing Red Traffic Lights as Green

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University found driverless cars could be fooled into seeing red traffic lights as green.

Quantum Computing Ambition: Japan Aims for 10 Million Users by 2030
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Quantum Computing Ambition: Japan Aims for 10 Million Users by 2030

Japan has unveiled plans to bring its first domestic quantum computer online by next March, and to have 30 million users by 2030.

Tool Could Predict How at Risk Your Job is From Automation
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Tool Could Predict How at Risk Your Job is From Automation

Scientists  have designed an algorithm to predict the extent to which specific occupations are at risk from automation.

Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed
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Hospital Robot Vulnerabilities Promptly Caught, Killed

Researchers at New York-based cybersecurity startup Cynerio identified five zero-day vulnerabilities affecting Aethon TUG smart autonomous robots used in hospitals...

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
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A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI's GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future...

Bot Can Spot Depressed Twitter Users in 9 of 10 Cases
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Bot Can Spot Depressed Twitter Users in 9 of 10 Cases

A new algorithm can ascertain a person's mental state by extracting and analyzing 38 data points from their public Twitter profile.

7-Foot-Tall Robots Watch for Unmasked Travelers, Curbside Loiterers
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7-Foot-Tall Robots Watch for Unmasked Travelers, Curbside Loiterers

Two seven-foot-tall robots have been deployed at Dallas Love Field Airport in Dallas, TX, to assist and monitor passengers.

U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack
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U.S. Agency Links North Korea Crime Ring to $540 Million Axie Infinity Crypto Hack

Lazarus Group allegedly has stolen nearly $2 billion in cryptocurrency since 2017.

Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve
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Russia Is Leaking Data Like a Sieve

Ukraine claims to have doxed Russian troops and spies, while hacktivists are regularly leaking private information from Russian organizations.

How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive
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How Apple's Monster M1 Ultra Chip Keeps Moore's Law Alive

By combining two processors into one, the company has squeezed a surprising amount of performance out of silicon.

Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha
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Ukraine Has Deployed Technology to Investigate Alleged War Crimes in Bucha

Authorities in Ukraine have deployed technology as part of a wide-ranging investigation into alleged war crimes by Russian forces in the town of Bucha.

Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap
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Robot Subscription Services Let Companies Automate on the Cheap

The robots-as-a-service model is gaining ground as companies increasingly automate amid the pandemic, worker shortages, and surging demand.

Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader
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Chinese Hackers Abuse VLC Media Player to Launch Malware Loader

Symantec researchers have identified a campaign perpetrated by a hacker group associated with the Chinese government using VLC Media Player to launch a custom malware...

People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar
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People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar

The U.K. National Health Service will offer roughly 250,000 people in England with type 1 diabetes a skin sensor to monitor their blood sugar.

Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances
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Quantum Datacenter Intranet Advances

While these breakthroughs must be considered proofs of concept, they demonstrate the pieces of future quantum datacenters are coming together, says independent...

U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems
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U.S. Agencies Warn of Custom-Made Hacking Tools Targeting Energy Sector Systems

The alert said the actors are specifically targeting Schneider Electric MODICON and MODICON Nano PLCs, and OMRON Sysmac NJ and NX PLCs.
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