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Robots Marched On in 2021, with Record Orders by North American firms
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Robots Marched On in 2021, with Record Orders by North American firms

Factories and other industrial users ordered 28% more robots last year than in 2020, according to data compiled by the Association for Advancing Automation.

VR to the ER: Metaverse Early Adopters Prove Accident-Prone
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VR to the ER: Metaverse Early Adopters Prove Accident-Prone

Tally includes broken vases, dislocated shoulders, injured girlfriends; "Why don't you go to the gym like a normal person?"

GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online
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GPU Fingerprinting Can Be Used to Track You Online

And we thought cookies were dangerous enough.

A New Method for Quantum Computing
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A New Method for Quantum Computing

Physicists have proposed a new scalable quantum computing architecture using trapped ions.

7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts
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7-Eleven Stores in Japan Get Touch-Free Floating Holographic Self-Checkouts

Six 7-Eleven stores in Tokyo, Japan, will soon feature floating holographic displays that will allow customers to check out without any physical contact.

True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech
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True Story? Lie Detection Systems Go High-Tech

A new method of lie detection developed by researchers at Israel's Tel Aviv University uses electrodes affixed to the face to determine if someone is lying.

Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward
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Algorithm That Mapped Omicron Shows Path Forward

The antigenic cartography algorithm, which can two-dimensionally map laboratory data on viral strains, has helped scientists keep up with genetic variants.

Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature
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Tesla Agrees to Fix 'Rolling Stop' Software Feature

The software recall covers some 2016-2022 Model S and Model X, 2017-2022 Model 3 and 2020-2022 Model Y vehicles.

65% of Tech Recruiters Believe Their Hiring Process Is Biased, Survey Suggests
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65% of Tech Recruiters Believe Their Hiring Process Is Biased, Survey Suggests

In a poll of 14,000 technology workers from 131 countries, nearly two-thirds of respondents said bias is an issue in tech recruitment.

Studying the Big Bang with AI
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Studying the Big Bang with AI

Researchers at Austria's TU Wien have demonstrated that neural networks can be used to simulate "quark-gluon plasma" to study the Big Bang.

Solving Superconducting Mystery with Supercomputer Computations
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Solving Superconducting Mystery with Supercomputer Computations

A multi-institutional team of researchers has demonstrated that phonons contribute to superconductivity in copper-based materials.

Physical Systems Perform ML Computations
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Physical Systems Perform ML Computations

Cornell University researchers have trained physical systems to execute generic machine learning computations.

How Cookie Banners Backfired
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How Cookie Banners Backfired

An extensive digital privacy law aimed to give internet users more control over their data. Instead, experts say, it's created "almost a useless exercise."

It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One
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It's Hard to Tell When the Crypto Bubble Will Burst, or If There Is One

Crypto prices are highly volatile, but die-hard enthusiasts believe prices will keep soaring in a world where traditional notions of value don't apply.

Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'
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Automotive Lobbying Group Abandons the Term 'Self-Driving'

That's Tesla's mess to deal with.

Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze
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Lego Robot with an Organic 'Brain' Learns to Navigate a Maze

The neuromorphic computing device solved the puzzle by working like an animal brain would.

Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs
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Robot Performs Keyhole Surgery on Pigs

Researchers at Johns Hopkins University programmed a robot to perform minimally invasive keyhole surgery on pigs.

Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them
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Software Is Crammed Full of Bugs. This 'Exciting' Project Could Banish Most of Them

Chip designer Arm has released a prototype development board based on the Capability Hardware Enhanced RISC Instructions (CHERI) architecture.

Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users
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Booby-Trapped Sites Delivered Potent Backdoor Trojan to macOS Users

Security researchers have uncovered macOS malware that can be installed by exploits almost impossible for most users to detect.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.
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