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An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver
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An Angel on the Shoulder of Your Teenage Driver

Many automakers now offer driving monitors as optional or standard components that warn parents if their teenagers are not driving well.

Technologies for the Visually Impaired
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Technologies for the Visually Impaired

The last decade has seen major advancements in technology for the blind and visually impaired, but problems remain.

Tracking COVID, Discreetly
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Tracking COVID, Discreetly

Tracing the contacts of those who come into contact with the coronavirus is not that simple.

Japanese Scientists Create Mind Control Tech for Robot
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Japanese Scientists Create Mind Control Tech for Robot

Japanese scientists have engineered a prototype device that allows anyone to control a miniature toy Gundam robot with thought.

´╗┐Does Palantir See Too Much?
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´╗┐Does Palantir See Too Much?

The tech giant helps governments and law enforcement decipher vast amounts of data — to mysterious and, some say, dangerous ends.

Microsoft, SpaceX Team Up to Bring Cloud Computing to Space
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Microsoft, SpaceX Team Up to Bring Cloud Computing to Space

Microsoft has partnered with SpaceX and others to make its Azure cloud technology available and accessible to people anywhere on Earth, and potentially to those...

Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions
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Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions

Eyeing the latest solutions in quantum computing.

Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science
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Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge have developed a method that builds automatic databases using natural language processing...

Durable, Dense, and Efficient: The Promise of DNA Data Storage
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Durable, Dense, and Efficient: The Promise of DNA Data Storage

Is DNA the future of data storage?

Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing
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Bouncing Balls and Quantum Computing

A lighthearted method for calculating π is analogous to a fundamental algorithm for quantum computing.

Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency
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Argonne Scientists Use AI to Strengthen Power Grid Resiliency

Scientists at the U.S. Department of Energy's Argonne National Laboratory have created a new artificial intelligence technique that can help operators understand...

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.

Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus
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Virtual Collaboration in the Age of the Coronavirus

Videoconferencing apps took off during the COVID-19 lockdowns, but more efficient ways to collaborate virtually are waiting in the wings.

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...

Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network
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Android Is Now World's Largest Earthquake Detection Network

Google says it has created "the world's largest earthquake detection network" by adding quake detection features to almost all Google Play Android phones.

Federal Reserve Reveals Research Plans for Digital Dollar
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Federal Reserve Reveals Research Plans for Digital Dollar

U.S. Federal Reserve governor Lael Brainard Thursday detailed her agency's research plans on the potential development of a U.S. central bank digital currency,...

 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?
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GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.

Instant Videos: Just Add Text
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Instant Videos: Just Add Text

Artificial intelligence software can create a video montage from a few typed words.

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
From Communications of the ACM

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.
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