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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet
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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public
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Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public

The researchers behind a quantum computer that encodes data in pulses of light have connected it to the Internet and made it available for public use.

Drones Could Scare Birds Off Agricultural Fields
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Drones Could Scare Birds Off Agricultural Fields

An autonomous system can patrol agricultural fields around the clock to drive away birds that feed on the crops.

Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips
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Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips

The researchers said they found "several out-of-bound read issues when the NAS handler functions read data from outside the Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message."

Walmart Expands Drone-Delivery Service to Reach 4 Million Households
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Walmart Expands Drone-Delivery Service to Reach 4 Million Households

Walmart is expanding its partnership with DroneUp to make drone deliveries available in six more states this year.

Japan Tries—Again—to Revitalize its Research
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Japan Tries—Again—to Revitalize its Research

The latest effort would spend billions on a few universities, but skeptics give it long odds.

Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors
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Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors

A team of Austrian and German scientists has constructed a 16-quantum bit computer that runs error-free calculations.

Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps
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Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Businesses in Singapore increasingly are resorting to robots to help address labor shortages and perform a range of jobs.

ORNL's Frontier First to Break the Exaflop Ceiling
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ORNL's Frontier First to Break the Exaflop Ceiling

The 59th edition of the TOP500 revealed the Frontier system to be the first true exascale machine with an HPL score of 1.102 Exaflop/s.

Smart Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensor, Control Network
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Smart Dissolving Pacemaker Communicates with Body-Area Sensor, Control Network

Northwestern Medicine Feinberg School of Medicine Northwestern University scientists have unveiled a smart version of a transient pacemaker, which dissolvesView...

Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?
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Could Contact Lenses Be the Ultimate Computer Screen?

Saratoga, CA-based Mojo is one of a number of companies currently testing smart contact lens products.

Error-Free Quantum Computing Gets Real
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Error-Free Quantum Computing Gets Real

The researchers implemented two computational gates on fault-tolerant quantum bits, which are necessary for a universal set of gates.

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles
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AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles

A 749-gross-ton vessel is the first commercial cargo ship to be navigated entirely by artificial intelligence during a nearly 500-mile, 40-hour journey.

Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field
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Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field

Chinese and U.S. researchers collaborated on the development of a camera with a massive depth of field.

Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited
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Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited

Researchers found that a bug in Zyxel firewalls that could enable unauthenticated remote attackers to execute code.

Microchips that Mimic the Human Brain Could Make AI More Energy Efficient
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Microchips that Mimic the Human Brain Could Make AI More Energy Efficient

Neuromorphic chips could cut the power demands of digital assistants and other devices by orders of magnitude.

Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors
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Next-Generation Weather Reporting: Versatile, Flexible, Economical Sensors

A team of scientists in Japan has developed a multitasking weather sensor that measures rain volumes and wind speeds.

Always Improving Performance
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Always Improving Performance

Jack J. Dongarra is the recipient of the 2021 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his pioneering contributions to numerical algorithms and libraries that enabled high-performance...

A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning
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A Deeper Understanding of Deep Learning

Kernel methods clarify why neural networks generalize so well.
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