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App Identifies Parkinson's, COVID-19 Based on User's Voice
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App Identifies Parkinson's, COVID-19 Based on User's Voice

Machine learning algorithms in a smartphone application analyze people's voices to identify those in the early stages of Parkinson's disease or severe COVID-19...

U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation
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U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation

The U.K.'s Home Office says it will soon require people facing deportation to carry a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled fingerprint scanner at all times. ...

Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns
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Blockchain Game Could Help Create Metaverse No One Owns

The sci-fi-themed online game Dark Forest operates on a blockchain, meaning no one can manipulate its outcome.

A New Brain Model Could Pave the Way for Conscious AI
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A New Brain Model Could Pave the Way for Conscious AI

A new model of the human brain.

Chip Delivery Times Shrank Rapidly in October as Supply Crunch Subsides
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Chip Delivery Times Shrank Rapidly in October as Supply Crunch Subsides

All major product areas are now available more quickly than they were.

Hacking the Metaverse
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Hacking the Metaverse

Louisiana State University's Abe Baggili and colleagues tested the security of immersive virtual reality and X-reality systems for weaknesses.

Chinese Chip Designers Slow Processors to Avoid U.S. Sanctions
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Chinese Chip Designers Slow Processors to Avoid U.S. Sanctions

Alibaba, Biren Technology, and other Chinese chip designers are taking steps to avoid U.S. sanctions by changing their chip designs to lower processing speeds. ...

Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs
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Amazon Launches Warehouse Robot That Can Do Human Jobs

Amazon has rolled out a new warehouse robot in order to automate more jobs as the company seeks to reduce logistics costs.

AI is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them
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AI is Better at Answering Questions if You Get Another AI to Ask Them

Getting good answers from an artificial intelligence can be a tricky task, and now researchers have found that an AI is better at asking questions of another AI...

Chip Production Lead Times Shrink As Cyclical Downturn Takes Shape
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Chip Production Lead Times Shrink As Cyclical Downturn Takes Shape

Semiconductor lead times are now 1.5 weeks below the record highs set in May.

Quantum Computing May Be the Solution to the EV Materials Problem
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Quantum Computing May Be the Solution to the EV Materials Problem

As demand for electric vehicles has grown in recent years, it is unclear whether supply eventually will bottleneck or if raw material suppliers can catch up.

CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software
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CISA Warns of Critical Vulnerabilities in Industrial Control System Software

Industrial Control Systems advisories from the U.S. Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency focus on vulnerabilities in software from ETIC Telecom, Nokia...

Herzog, Žižek Become AI Bots Trapped in Endless Conversation
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Herzog, Žižek Become AI Bots Trapped in Endless Conversation

The Infinite Conversation website features a nonstop "chat" between artificial intelligence versions of German director Werner Herzog and Slovenian philosopher...

Same Traits, Different Island: Study Highlights Evolution Quirks
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Same Traits, Different Island: Study Highlights Evolution Quirks

Researchers used machine learning to determine why two populations of flycatchers that evolved on different Solomon Islands separately developed all-black plumage...

Open-Source Fish Robot Collecting Microplastics from U.K. Lakes
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Open-Source Fish Robot Collecting Microplastics from U.K. Lakes

A robot fish that won the 2022 Natural Robotics Contest has been developed into a functioning prototype that can collect microplastics from waterways.

Hacker Shaking Up the Tech Industry, One Hackathon at a Time
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Hacker Shaking Up the Tech Industry, One Hackathon at a Time

Awofisayo is pushing to give women and non-binary students space in the tech industry because of the diversity needed.

Can We Secure Cryptography Against Quantum Attacks?
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Can We Secure Cryptography Against Quantum Attacks?

If you want your digital information to be secure, you must implement post-quantum cryptography now, according to some leaders in the field.

After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold
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After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold

Researchers who study disinformation said most efforts to stoke doubt about results had failed to spread widely.

Binance Pulls Out of Deal to Acquire Rival Crypto Exchange FTX
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Binance Pulls Out of Deal to Acquire Rival Crypto Exchange FTX

The rapid collapse of FTX, built by the billionaire Sam Bankman-Fried, suggests that no company in the freewheeling, loosely regulated crypto industry is safe. ...

Cryptography's Future Will Be Quantum-Safe. Here’s How It Will Work
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Cryptography's Future Will Be Quantum-Safe. Here’s How It Will Work

Lattice cryptography promises to protect secrets from the attacks of far-future quantum computers.
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