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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies
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Police Drones Take to U.K. Skies

U.K. police agencies are trying out the use of aerial drones to support ground-based forces in scenarios where helicopter or aircraft deployments may be less practical...

Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot
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Walmart Launches On-Demand Drone Delivery Pilot

Walmart said it has partnered with end-to-end drone delivery company Flytrex to roll out an on-demand drone delivery pilot program in Fayetteville, NC.

Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years
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Microsoft's Underwater Datacenter Resurfaces After Two Years

Microsoft has retrieved an underwater datacenter that it sunk off the coast of Orkney in Scotland two years ago, and is analyzing its performance data.

Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business
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Lidar Is Finally Becoming a Real Business

The success of lidar companies was unclear until this summer, when three leading makers offered glimpses of their finances.

Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion
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Nvidia Confirms Acquisition of Arm Holdings from SoftBank for $40 billion

Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang emphasized that the company has no intentions of doing anything that would cause clients like Apple to walk away

China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules
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China Launches Initiative to Set Global Data Security Rules

China this week launched the Global Initiative on Data Security, in a bid to establish international data-security standards.

Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise
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Robot Dogs Join U.S. Air Force Exercise

A recent U.S. Air Force exercise utilizing robot dogs offered a potential preview of things to come on battlefields.

Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings
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Kids' Smartwatches a Security Nightmare, Despite Years of Warnings

Researchers at Germany's Münster University of Applied Sciences found smartwatch brands marketed for children are exploitable, based on years of similar findings...

Take a Road Trip Using the 2020 Robotics Roadmap
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Take a Road Trip Using the 2020 Robotics Roadmap

Every four years a Roadmap for U.S. Robotics is published. 2020 is the year for the latest edition, and RIA Robotics Week just introduced it.

Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers
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Natural Radiation Can Interfere With Quantum Computers

Researchers found that low-level ionizing radiation in the environment can degrade the performance of superconducting quantum bits, or qubits.

The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer
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The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer

U.K. science minister Amanda Solloway says Britain's first commercial quantum computer, supported by government and industry, will be available for use by businesses...

Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts
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Tree-Climbing Robot Can Safely Harvest Coconuts

Researchers at India's Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham University have designed a robot to climb trees and safely harvest coconuts.

Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI
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Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a method for designing automated control systems that incorporate advances in deep learning and...

Chinese Scientists Say Their Neuromorphic Computer Darwin Mouse Has the Same Number of Neurons as a Real Mouse
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Chinese Scientists Say Their Neuromorphic Computer Darwin Mouse Has the Same Number of Neurons as a Real Mouse

Scientists in China said they have created the world's largest neuromorphic computer.

Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices
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Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists developed three-dimensional brain-on-chip devices that mimic the neural activity of brain cells cultured outside...

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?
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A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble
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Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble

Intel researchers have created a wheeled robot powered by a smartphone that costs just $50 to assemble.

Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business
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Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business

Startups are developing prototype autonomous trucks to haul freight while reducing transportation costs and expediting deliveries.

Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research
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Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research

Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory have developed a method of enhancing quantum systems to give soldiers more reliable and secure capabilities in the field...

Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR
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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.
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