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Amazon's Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From Three Tech Companies
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Amazon's Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From Three Tech Companies

Amazon's cloud unit announced a commercial service allowing millions of customers to tinker with early-stage quantum computing platforms from D-Wave System, IonQ...

Why Did We Go Digital?
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Why Did We Go Digital?

Princeton University's Ken Steiglitz feels an attachment to the analog.

Cosmic Rays May Soon Stymie Quantum Computing
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Cosmic Rays May Soon Stymie Quantum Computing

Background radiation that is emitted by trace elements in concrete walls and incoming cosmic rays may be enough to cause decoherence in qubits.

U.S. Army Robo-Teammate Can Detect, Share 3D Changes in Real Time
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U.S. Army Robo-Teammate Can Detect, Share 3D Changes in Real Time

U.S. Army researchers have shown that robots equipped with LiDAR can detect physical changes in their environment, and share that information in real time via augmented...

Do Cloth Masks Work? Supercomputer Fugaku Says Yes
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Do Cloth Masks Work? Supercomputer Fugaku Says Yes

Japan's Fugaku supercomputer, the world's fastest, was used to determine that nonwoven fabric masks block virus-laden respiratory droplets more effectively than...

Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide
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Elephants vs Trains: AI Helps Ensure They Don't Collide

Researchers have developed a "smart ear" to help prevent fatal collisions involving elephants and trains in India.

The Conscience of Silicon Valley
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The Conscience of Silicon Valley

Tech oracle Jaron Lanier warned us all about the evils of social media. Too few of us listened. Now, in the most chaotic of moments, his fears—and his bighearted...

White House Plans to Boost AI, Quantum Funding by 30%
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White House Plans to Boost AI, Quantum Funding by 30%

The Trump administration has proposed a 30% increase in spending in the 2021 U.S. nondefense budget for artificial intelligence (AI) and quantum information science...

MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement
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MIT, Boston Dynamics Team Up on Robot for Remote Covid-19 Vital Sign Measurement

A diverse group of researchers developed a robot to remotely measure vital signs in patients for Covid-19 with contactless equipment.

Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil
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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil

Texas A&M University researchers have come up with a technique for using a three-dimensional printer to build greener buildings from soil.

It's Alive!
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It's Alive!

Scientists and engineers cross the reality gap, transferring simulated evolution into real machines.

AI on Edge
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AI on Edge

Shifting artificial intelligence to the "edge" of the network could transform computing . . . and everyday life.

Facebook AI, NYU Langone Create Accurate MRIs with Less Time and Data
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Facebook AI, NYU Langone Create Accurate MRIs with Less Time and Data

Researchers at Facebook Inc. and NYU Langone Health say that a two-year experiment demonstrates how artificial intelligence can produce a fourfold increase in the...

Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19
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Hotel Robots Get Second Life as Industry Adapts to Covid-19

Robots could limit how much extra labor U.S. hotels must hire to meet sanitation demands during the global pandemic.

NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool
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NSA, FBI Expose Russian Intelligence Hacking Tool

The U.S. National Security Agency and Federal Bureau of Investigation have publicly exposed a sophisicated hacking tool that Russian intelligence used to penetrate...

Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election
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Tech Firms Broaden Group to Secure U.S. Election

Facebook, Google, and other major technology firms Wednesday announced an expansion of their coalition to secure the November U.S. presidential election, and met...

As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack
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As E-Commerce Booms, Robots Pick Up Human Slack

Robots increasingly are filling some of the most common job roles in warehousing and logistics due to the explosion of e-commerce, Covid-19 stay-at-home orders,...

Yale Quantum Researchers Create Error-Correcting Cat
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Yale Quantum Researchers Create Error-Correcting Cat

A new device integrates the “Schrodinger's cat” concept of superposition—a physical system in two states simultaneously—with the ability to correct some of the...

Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash
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Hackers Say 'Jackpotting' Flaws Tricked Popular ATMs Into Spitting Out Cash

Security researchers unveiled two new "jackpotting" flaws that force Nautilus ATMs to dispense cash on command.

Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies
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Amazon’s Cloud Unit to Offer Quantum Computing From 3 Tech Companies

Fidelity Investments was among the companies involved in testing the new service, which will allow businesses to experiment with the super-fast computing.
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