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Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal
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Matrix Multiplication Inches Closer to Mythic Goal

A recent paper set the fastest record for multiplying two matrices. But it also marks the end of the line for a method researchers have relied on for decades to...

Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving
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Vaccination Megasites Lean on Enterprise Tech to Keep the Line Moving

Popup Covid-19 vaccination megasites are using digital enterprise technology to accommodate surging numbers of inoculations as more Americans qualify to be immunized...

Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought
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Ultrasound Reads Monkey Brains, Opening Path to Controlling Machines with Thought

Researchers have developed a method of predicting a monkey's intended eye or hand movements using ultrasound imaging.

Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets
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Identifying Banknote Fingerprints Can Stop Counterfeits on Streets

Researchers said a technique called Polymer Substrate Fingerprinting could be used to identify the unique, unclonable “fingerprints” of Bank of England banknotes...

What a Gambling App Knows About You
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What a Gambling App Knows About You

Sky Bet, the most popular gambling app in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely
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William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely

Shatner partners with StoryFile to create an interactive version of himself that answers fan questions and talks back to them.

This Powerful Supercomputer Was Built in Just 20 Weeks, With a Bit of Help From a Tiny Robot
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This Powerful Supercomputer Was Built in Just 20 Weeks, With a Bit of Help From a Tiny Robot

The Cambridge-1 supercomputer has entered its first stages of operation just 20 weeks after it was first announced.

AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease
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AI Helps Assess Pain Levels in People With Sickle Cell Disease

Northwestern University researchers used artificial intelligence to assess pain levels in patients with sickle cell disease, based on their vital signs.

The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services
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The Cybersecurity 202: DHS Official Promises Help for States Struggling with Digital Attacks on Critical Services

Even as federal officials and Microsoft race to contain a recebt breach, stakeholders need to make certain they are no longer compromised, to prevent follow-up...

System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered
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System Detects Errors When Medication is Self-Administered

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a system to detect and reduce errors when patients administer their own medication.

Engineers Combine AI, Wearable Cameras in Self-Walking Robotic Exoskeletons
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Engineers Combine AI, Wearable Cameras in Self-Walking Robotic Exoskeletons

Researchers combined computer vision and deep-learning artificial intelligence technology in an effort to develop robotic exoskeleton legs that can make decisions...

Novel Deep Learning Framework for Symbolic Regression
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Novel Deep Learning Framework for Symbolic Regression

Computer scientists  have created a new framework and visualization tool that applies deep reinforcement learning to symbolic regression problems.

Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages
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Lip-Reading Software Helps Users of All Abilities to Send Secure Messages

New lip-reading software can learn from its users continuously.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans
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Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans

Machine intelligence significantly reduces the time needed for an MRI scan, which can help reduce patient anxiety.

The Best of NLP
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The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets
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AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.

U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO
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U.S. Grid at Rising Risk to Cyberattack, Says GAO

The U.S. Government Accountability Office says that distribution systems within the country's electrical grid are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattack

Argument Technology for Debating with Humans
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Argument Technology for Debating with Humans

Project Debater is an IBM-developed artificial intelligence system that can engage with humans in debates.

Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers
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Carmakers Strive to Stay Ahead of Hackers

The effects of a breach of a car, or fleet, could be devastating. Auto manufacturers and suppliers have aggressive plans, and a lot of firewalls.
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