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Autonomous Drone Swarm Can Localize Gas Leaks
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Autonomous Drone Swarm Can Localize Gas Leaks

Scientists have engineered a swarm of tiny drones capable of autonomously detecting and localizing gas sources in cramped indoor settings.

Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling
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Stanford Researcher's Cryptography Can Preserve Genetic Privacy in Criminal DNA Profiling

Researchers have devised cryptography that permits searching for DNA matches in criminal cases while protecting the suspect's genetic privacy.

WHO Releases AI Guidelines for Health
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WHO Releases AI Guidelines for Health

A new report from the World Health Organization offers guidance for the ethical use of artificial intelligence in the health sector.

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.

The Fed's Digital Dollar could Bring Millions into the Digital Economy
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The Fed's Digital Dollar could Bring Millions into the Digital Economy

A Fed-backed digital dollar would in theory function like cash and could usher unbanked or underbanked Americans into the digital economy.

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Facebook and Google have engineered artificial intelligence systems capable of understanding dozens of languages through the efforts of scientists like Alexis Conneau...

'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.

Using AI to Predict 3D Printing Processes
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Using AI to Predict 3D Printing Processes

Engineers have developed physics-informed neural networking artificial intelligence to predict the performance of three-dimensionally-printed objects.

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.

AI Breakthrough in Premature Baby Care
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AI Breakthrough in Premature Baby Care

A hybrid neural network can accurately forecast premature babies' individual mortality risk in order to better guide their care.

Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice
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Using ML to Build Maps That Give Smarter Driving Advice

Scientists used machine learning to develop an automatic mapping service that can enhance traffic management with greater intelligence.

Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners
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Linux Foundation Creates Standards for Voice Technology with Major Partners

The Linux Foundation and partners Target, Microsoft, Veritone, Schwarz Gruppe, Wegmans Food Markets, and Deutsche Telekom, created the Open Voice Network.

Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial
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Bank of Israel Testing Ethereum Tech in Digital Shekel Trial

The Bank of Israel is testing Ethereum's blockchain technology as part of a new internal digital shekel trial.

Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity
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Cyber Insurance Isn't Helping with Cybersecurity

It might be making the ransomware crisis worse, say researchers.

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.

ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions
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ML Methods Could Improve Environmental Predictions

New process- or knowledge-guided machine learning techniques can predict flow and temperature in river networks more accurately even when data is scarce.

Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report
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Average Time to Fix Critical Cybersecurity Vulnerabilities is 205 Days: Report

The average time to correct critical cybersecurity vulnerabilities grew from 197 days to 205 days between April and May 2021, according to WhiteHat Security. 

Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks
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Meteorite-Hunting Drones Could Help Find Freshly Fallen Space Rocks

A team of scientists used drones and machine learning to try to find just-landed meteorites.

Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023
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Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023

Plan to remove web-tracking technology from Chrome has faced pressure from competition regulators, privacy zealots, and the digital media industry.

Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed
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Algorithm That Predicts Deadly Infections Is Often Flawed

An algorithm designed to forecast sepsis infections is significantly lacking in accuracy.
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