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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language
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Surprisingly Smart Artificial Intelligence Sheds Light on How the Brain Processes Language

Neuroscientists find the internal workings of next-word prediction models resemble those of language-processing centers in the brain.

A New Quantum Computing Method is 2,500% More Efficient
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A New Quantum Computing Method is 2,500% More Efficient

A quantum computing breakthrough just brought applications years closer.

Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills
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Machine Learning System Gives Robots Social Skills

A new machine-learning system helps robots understand and perform certain social interactions.

Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior
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Algorithm Predicts When Teens are Likely to Have Suicidal Thoughts, Behavior

Researchers have developed an algorithm which they say is 91% accurate in predicting suicidal thoughts and behavior (STB) among adolescents.

Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers
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Antibiotic Resistance Outwitted by Supercomputers

An international team of scientists used supercomputing to strengthen existing antibiotics' effectiveness against bacterial resistance.

Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking
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Identity Verification Technique Offers Robust Solution to Hacking

Scientists  have developed a secure identity verification technique based on the precept that information cannot exceed the speed of light.

Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages
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Toward Speech Recognition for Uncommon Spoken Languages

The new Prune, Adjust, and Re-Prune (PARP) technique allows an advanced speech-learning model learn uncommon spoken languages more easily.

The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes
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The Booming Underground Market for Bots That Steal Your 2FA Codes

The bots convincingly and effortlessly help hackers break into Coinbase, Amazon, PayPal, and bank accounts.

Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices
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Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow used an algorithm to make home price estimates, called the "Zestimate," and determine what it would pay home sellers.

Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor
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Autonomous Robotic Rover Provides New Insight Into Life on the Deep Abyssal Seafloor

Autonomous robotic rover helps scientists with long-term monitoring of deep-sea carbon cycle and climate change.

Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers
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Making ML More Useful to High-Stakes Decision Makers

An international research team developed a visual analytics tool to address challenges faced by child welfare specialists using machine learning models to screen...

Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia
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Robotic Pet Boosts Mood, Cognition in Adults with Dementia

Florida Atlantic University researchers studied the effectiveness of interactive robotic pet cats in improving mood, behavior, and cognition in older adults with...

A Novel Way to Optimize Robots
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A Novel Way to Optimize Robots

It harks back to a 19th-century idea about evolution.

Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third
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Smart Scheduling for Big Computing Tasks Cuts Emissions Up to a Third

Researchers found that shifting large computing jobs to nights or weekends can lower carbon emissions from datacenters by as much as a third.

Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous
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Firefighting Robots Go Autonomous

Firefighting robots can enter buildings that human firefighters cannot. Researchers are working to develop firefighting robots that can make decisions autonomously...

For Black Women, Online Prediction Tool Could Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths
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For Black Women, Online Prediction Tool Could Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths

A risk prediction model tailored to Black women has been developed for use in primary care settings to identify those at higher-than-average risk of breast cancer...

Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?
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Can Seeds Planted by Drones Spawn New Forests?

Spanish startup CO2 Revolution aims to use big data analytics and drones to drop millions of enhanced seeds for trees native to Spain's forests over inaccessible...

Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World
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Eight Ways Quantum Computing Is Going to Change the World

Businesses are already exploring the future potential of quantum computers, and some industries anticipate big changes ahead.

Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse
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Brain Implants Could Be the Next Computer Mouse

What the world's fastest brain-typist is telling us about the future of computer interfaces.

Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'
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Google Introduces Pathways, a 'New Generation of AI'

A new artificial intelligence architecture that will handle many tasks at once.
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