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The New Form of Currency
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The New Form of Currency

Central bank digital currencies hold the promise—and peril—of changing money as we know it.

U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here
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U.S. Says Humans Will Always Be In Control of AI Weapons, but the Age of Autonomous War is Already Here

The Pentagon says a ban on AI weapons isn't necessary, But missiles, guns and drones that think for themselves already kill people in combat, and have been for...

'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt
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'We Don't Need Another Michelangelo': In Italy, It's Robots' Turn to Sculpt

Scientists at the Robotor laboratory in Carrara, Italy, are developing sculpting robots to keep the country on the artistic forefront.

MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves
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MIT Robot Could Help People with Limited Mobility Dress Themselves

Researchers designed an algorithm to help a robot efficiently dress a human, theoretically ensuring human safety by reasoning about the human model's uncertainty...

China Beats Google to Claim the World's Most Powerful Quantum Computer
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China Beats Google to Claim the World's Most Powerful Quantum Computer

Chinese researchers have demonstrated the world's most powerful quantum computer, displacing Google's Sycamore processor as the holder of quantum supremacy.

Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits
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Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits

A lack of demand prompted Japan's SoftBank Robotics Group to cease manufacturing the Pepper humanoid robot in August 2020, the company said this week.

Scientists Mine the Rich Seam of Body Wearable Motion Sensors
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Scientists Mine the Rich Seam of Body Wearable Motion Sensors

Computer scientists at the University of Bath in the U.K. found that conductive seams in clothing, when accurately positioned, can be used to identify subtle movements...

Quantum Computing Wars: IBM, Honeywell Make Major Moves as Competition Intensifies
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Quantum Computing Wars: IBM, Honeywell Make Major Moves as Competition Intensifies

The public sector is increasingly interested in quantum computing as both a source of high-paying jobs and a technology vital to corporate strategic interests. ...

Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'
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Elon Musk Just Now Realizing that Self-driving Cars are a 'Hard Problem'

Overpromising and underdelivering.

To Fly a Drone in the U.S., You Now Must Pass FAA's TRUST Test
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To Fly a Drone in the U.S., You Now Must Pass FAA's TRUST Test

New drone rules for recreational pilots.

With 3D-Printed 'Steaks,' Spanish Startup Eyes Mass Market
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With 3D-Printed 'Steaks,' Spanish Startup Eyes Mass Market

Novameat is using three-dimensional (3D) printing technology to produce vegetarian "steaks," which it plans to sell directly to consumers and businesses.

The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach
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The Tech Cold War's 'Most Complicated Machine' That's Out of China's Reach

A $150 million chip-making tool from a Dutch company has become a lever in the U.S.-Chinese struggle. It also shows how entrenched the global supply chain is.

How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets
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How AI Is Taking Over Our Gadgets

Artificial intelligence is taking over "edge" devices, including smartphones, home appliances, industrial sensors and actuators, and other devices with a microchip...

Robots Take Vertical Farming to New Heights
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Robots Take Vertical Farming to New Heights

Fifth Season, a vertical farm in Braddock, PA, uses robots to grow greens indoors, from seed to harvest.

A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five
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A New Supercomputer Has Joined the Top Five

The Perlmutter supercomputer is the newest addition to the top 10 of the Top500 listing of the world’s most powerful supercomputers.

Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny
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Crashes Involving Tesla Autopilot, Other Driver-Assistance Systems Attract Scrutiny

The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration is requiring automakers to report crashes involving vehicles with advanced driver-assistance systems.

Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots
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Channeling the Inner Voice of Robots

People have inner voices, why not robots?

Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results
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Security Robots Expand Across U.S., with Few Tangible Results

Concrete proof that security robots reduce crime is lacking, despite wider deployment by U.S. government agencies and the private sector.

Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses
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Intelligent Carpet Gives Insight into Human Poses

A new tactile sensing carpet assembled from pressure-sensitive film and conductive thread is able to calculate human poses without cameras.

The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think
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The Internet Eats Up Less Energy Than You Might Think

Claims about the Internet's energy consumption typically are exaggerated by well-intentioned scientists, a new study finds.
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