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Morocco Launches Fleet of DJI Drones to Tackle Coronavirus From the Sky
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Morocco Launches Fleet of DJI Drones to Tackle Coronavirus From the Sky

Morocco has expanded its fleet of aerial drones to help curtail the spread of the coronavirus.

Planetary Exploration Rover Avoids Sand Traps with 'Rear Rotator Pedaling'
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Planetary Exploration Rover Avoids Sand Traps with 'Rear Rotator Pedaling'

Researchers are developing next-generation planetary explorers that can negotiate hills and soft granular surfaces without getting stuck in sand traps.

Digital Twinning
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Digital Twinning

Many organizations using the Internet of Things have already implemented Digital Twins.

Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI
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Australian Military Gets First Drone That Can Fly With AI

The Royal Australian Air Force has received a prototype of a jet-powered drone that Boeing Australia said will use artificial intelligence to "fly independently...

Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets
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Preventing AI From Divulging Its Own Secrets

Researchers have demonstrated the first countermeasure for shielding artificial intelligence from differential power analysis attacks.

Global Firms Push U.S. to Research 5G Tech That Would Minimize Chinese Influence
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Global Firms Push U.S. to Research 5G Tech That Would Minimize Chinese Influence

A coalition of global companies is urging U.S. lawmakers to fund research into next-generation technology.

This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream
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This Was Supposed to Be the Year Driverless Cars Went Mainstream

The coronavirus pandemic has disrupted technology companies' plans to bring autonomous vehicles into the mainstream this year.

Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots
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Scientists Make Artificial Skin for Robots

Scientists worldwide are developing robotic skin to imbue machines with tactile perception, and even allow them to feel pain in some cases.

New Hardware Could Curb AI's Energy Appetite
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New Hardware Could Curb AI's Energy Appetite

Purdue University engineers have developed hardware that learns using artificial intelligence that currently runs on software platforms.

A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine
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A Pandemic Benefit: The Expansion of Telemedicine

Medical practice over the Internet can result in faster diagnoses and treatments, increase the efficiency of care, and reduce patient stress.

Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing
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Singapore Deploys Robot 'Dog' to Encourage Social Distancing

Singapore's government will deploy a robot from Boston Dynamics at a local park as part of a pilot project to encourage social distancing.

Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues
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Jewelry Designers Speak Up for People with Hearing Issues

Patrizia Marti at Siena University in Italy is developing a line of smart jewelry to help hearing-impaired people perceive sound.

NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors
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NIST Scientists Create New Recipe for Single-Atom Transistors

Researchers at the National Institute of Standards and Technology and their colleagues at the University of Maryland have developed a step-by-step recipe to produce...

How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?
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How Many Jobs do Robots Really Replace?

Two economics professors have determined that the replacement of human workers by robots is a tangible trend, although they say claims of total automation are overstated...

Artificial Intelligence Is Energy-Hungry – Solution: New AI Hardware Made of Quantum Material
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Artificial Intelligence Is Energy-Hungry – Solution: New AI Hardware Made of Quantum Material

Quantum material could offset energy demand of artificial intelligence.

Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15
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Print Your Own Laboratory-Grade Microscope for £15

Researchers have developed an open-source design that allows labs around the world to three-dimensionally print their own precision microscopes.

'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen
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'This is Certainly Different': Astronauts on Controlling the Dragon Spacecraft Via Touchscreen

The astronauts manning SpaceX’s Crew Dragon capsule to fly to the International Space Station (ISS) later this month will control the capsule using a touchscreen...

The Evolution of Brick and Mortar
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The Evolution of Brick and Mortar

New technologies are transforming the future of in-person retail.

Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town
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Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town

A fleet of six-wheeled robots that deliver retail purchases is becoming increasingly popular in the British town of Milton Keynes during the coronavirus lockdown...

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...
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