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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach
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Tool for Predicting Pedestrian Flow Expands Its Reach

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed and applied a predictive model of pedestrian traffic to Melbourne, Australia.

AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants
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AI-Generated Deepfake Voices Can Fool Humans, Smart Assistants

Freely available voice-mimicking software can deceive people and voice-activated tools like smart assistants, according to University of Chicago scientists.

NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects
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NIST, Collaborators Develop Sensitive Way of Detecting Transistor Defects

Researchers have developed a sensitive model for detecting and counting transistor defects.

The Outlook for Virtual Meetups
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The Outlook for Virtual Meetups

Future online meetings could include people in disparate locations cutting a virtual birthday cake together.

Researchers Use AR to See Radiation Defects in Nuclear Reactors
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Researchers Use AR to See Radiation Defects in Nuclear Reactors

A machine learning platform uses augmented reality to detect and quantify radiation-induced defects in parts and testing materials in nuclear reactors.

Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently
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Google Wants to Use AI to Time Traffic Lights More Efficiently

Google said it intends to test the use of artificial intelligence to optimize traffic-signal timing in Rio de Janeiro.

Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging
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Engineers 3D-Print Personalized, Wireless Wearables That Never Need Charging

University of Arizona engineers have developed personalized biosymbiotic devices that can operate without recharging.

Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones
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Study Reveals Scale of Data-Sharing from Android Phones

Vendor-customized Android variants transmit significant amounts of data from mobile phones to the operating system developer and third parties.

Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate
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Allstate Wants to Track Your Driving to Determine Your Car Insurance Rate

Allstate Corp. is in talks with state insurance regulators to spur an industry-wide transition to the use of telematics to set car insurance rates.

Google's AI Upscaling Technology Outperforms Previous Models
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Google's AI Upscaling Technology Outperforms Previous Models

New models developed by the search giant upgrade the resolution of photos.

The Rise of the Robo-Voices
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The Rise of the Robo-Voices

New technology lets filmmakers create foreign-language versions of their movies using samples of the original actors' voices.

The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy
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The Future Farmers of France Are Tech-Savvy

The Hectar venture hopes to address France's farmer shortage by nurturing technologically adept next-generation growers.

Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots
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Insurers Increase Investments in Drones, Robots

International Data Corp. predicts the insurance industry will spend approximately $602 million globally on robotic systems, including drones, this year.

Making Self-Driving Cars Human-Friendly
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Making Self-Driving Cars Human-Friendly

A drift diffusion model could make self-driving vehicles safer for pedestrians by helping to predict when people will cross the road.

Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms
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Microsoft Predicts Weather for Individual Farms

Microsoft’s DeepMC framework uses machine learning and artificial intelligence to predict local weather.

Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them
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Venice, Overwhelmed by Tourists, Tries Tracking Them

The leaders of Venice, Italy, are gathering the cellphone data of tourists and are using it, along with surveillance cameras, to monitor them.

FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer
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FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week authorized the use of the first artificial intelligence tool designed to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training
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Exoskeleton Research Demonstrates Importance of Training

Stanford University scientists found training is critical for reaping the benefits of exoskeleton use.

X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence
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X-Ray Technology Reveals Marie Antoinette's Censored Secret Correspondence

Technology has retrieved secret correspondence from French queen Marie-Antoinette to Swedish count Axel von Fersen, that a censor blotted out with dark ink.

Ocean Drone Captures Video From Inside Hurricane
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Ocean Drone Captures Video From Inside Hurricane

An uncrewed surface vehicle built by California-based company Saildrone shot video from inside a hurricane.
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