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An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?
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An Apple Watch for Your Five-Year-Old?

Parents in the U.S. are increasingly buying Apple Watches for children as young as five years old as a short-term substitute for cellphones.

French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots
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French Bureaucrats: We Won't Be Enslaved by Robots

France's highest administrative court dismissed the notion that artificial intelligence threatens humanity.

Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push
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Japan Declares 'War' on the Humble Floppy Disk in Digitization Push

Japan's government will review around 1,900 government processes that still require the use of floppy disks, CDs, or mini disks, as part of an initiative to eliminate...

Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories
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Algorithm Uncovers Secrets of Cell Factories

An algorithm developed by researchers at Sweden's Chalmers University of Technology can predict how fast enzymes work based on the sequence of amino acids that...

Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit
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Scientists Demonstrate Biodegradable Printed Circuit

Researchers have created a recyclable and biodegradable three-dimensionally printed circuit.

Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea
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Streetlight Wi-Fi Hotspots: A Bright Idea

A new algorithm could help telecommunication companies determine the optimal deployment of Wi-Fi hotspots in streetlights.

From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital
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From Bus Routes to Gutters, Tech-Savvy Youth Map Mali's Capital

Volunteers are collecting data on the infrastructure in Mali's capital, Bamako, including its public minibus routes, household waste collection points, basic social...

French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools
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French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools

French tax officials used artificial intelligence to identify over 20,0000 undeclared private swimming pools, constituting about €10 million (over $10 million)...

Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones
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Researchers Bring Underwater Messaging App to Smartphones

The AquaApp mobile interface developed by University of Washington (UW) researchers facilitates underwater messaging using acoustic signals.

Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California
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Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

The new rules, which would require many online services to increase protections for children, could change how popular social media and game platforms treat minors...

'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation
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'Pre-Bunking' Shows Promise in Fight Against Misinformation

Researchers have found that "pre-bunking" is a simple, promising method to prevent misinformation.

Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought
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Earthquakes Seem to Come in a More Predictable Pattern Than We Thought

A machine learning model developed by researchers at the University of California, Davis can analyze decades of earthquake data to predict future earthquakes.

NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals
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NFTs Increasingly Targeted by Criminals

Blockchain analytics firm Elliptic warned criminals are increasingly targeting nonfungible tokens (NFTs).

Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation
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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

Entrepreneurs are aiming to put A.I.-powered pet translation tools into our pockets.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Scientists are using machine learning to eavesdrop on naked mole rats, fruit bats, crows, and whales—and to communicate back.

Protecting Children's Privacy Online
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Protecting Children's Privacy Online

Assuring youngsters they can use websites without giving away their personal information is not child's play.

Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality
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Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality

After heavy national investment in semiconductors to break a dependence on global chips, Xi seems unhappy with the results.

One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense
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One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense

Artificial intelligence systems can process vast amounts of data in seconds, but they can't make sense of the world or explain their decisions. David Ferrucci wants...

NASA Mission Carrying Voice Assistant Tech to the Moon
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NASA Mission Carrying Voice Assistant Tech to the Moon

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Artemis 1 mission will carry an Alexa-enabled voice assistant called Callisto into lunar orbit.

Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election
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Voting Machine Tampering Points to Concern for Fall Election

U.S. election officials and security experts are concerned that conspiracy theories related to the 2020 presidential election could encourage interference with...
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