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Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts
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Technology Makes Homes More Energy Independent, Helps Divert Power During Blackouts

A new smart technology can help utilities better serve communities struck by outages.

Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities
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Ford to Use Boston Dynamics Robots to Map Manufacturing Facilities

Ford will use two of Boston Dynamics' Spot robots to help the automaker update the original engineering plans of a transmission manufacturing plant, as a pilot...

NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'
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NIST's Post-Quantum Cryptography Program Enters 'Selection Round'

The U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology initiated the third round of reviewing algorithms submitted to form the core of the first post-quantum cryptography...

The Impact of AI on Organizations
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The Impact of AI on Organizations

Implementing artificial intelligence through the looking glass of digital anthropology.

Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text
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Scientists Build Model to Detect Early Signs of Depression in Text

Scientists at Canada's University of Alberta have created a machine learning model that can identify linguistic clues indicating early signs of depression in written...

'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing
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'Quantum Rainbow'--Photons of Switching Colors Allow Room-Temperature Quantum Computing

Purdue University engineers have developed a quantum random walk method that could eventually allow computers to sift through data at incredibly fast speeds.

What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
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Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.

Digital Humans on the Big Screen
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Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Motion pictures are using new techniques in computer-generated imagery to create feature-length performances by convincingly "de-aged" actors.

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
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Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers
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Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. National Science Foundation are investing $75 million in three quantum computing centers.

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19
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Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19

Restaurant chains are testing the use of cooking robots.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...

Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots
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Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots

Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a technique that uses a color camera to enable robots to pick up transparent and reflective objects...

'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars
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'Hands Free': Automakers Race to Next Level of Not-Quite-Self-Driving Cars

Auto industry executives are speeding up plans to automate routine driving tasks and aim to make the technologies widely available within five years.

Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data
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Google Promises Privacy With Virus App but Can Still Collect Location Data

Some government agencies that use the software said they were surprised Google may pick up the locations of certain app users. Others said they had unsuccessfully...

Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things
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Siri, Alexa Targeted as E.U. Probes Internet of Things

The European Commission is mounting an antitrust investigation into the Internet of Things, targeting voice assistants such as Apple's Siri and Amazon's Alexa. ...

Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk
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Utah, Georgia Install Tech That Lets Roads Talk

Utah and Georgia are testing vehicle-to-everything technology installed in roads to alert drivers to hazards.

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.

Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments
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Giving Robots Human-Like Perception of Their Physical Environments

Kimera builds a dense three-dimensional semantic mesh of an environment and can track humans in the environment.
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