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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure
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Self-Driving Industry Takes to the Highway After Robotaxi Failure

FThe autonomous vehicle industry is refocusing on more-profitable opportunities after efforts to commercialize robotaxis failed to live up to the hype.

What's That Smell?
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What's That Smell?

A new system can mimic the brain's olfactory senses.

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape
From Communications of the ACM

Neuromorphic Chips Take Shape

Chips designed specifically to model the neurons and synapses in the human brain are poised to change computing in profound ways.

Digital Humans on the Big Screen
From Communications of the ACM

Digital Humans on the Big Screen

Motion pictures are using new techniques in computer-generated imagery to create feature-length performances by convincingly "de-aged" actors.

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper
From ACM TechNews

Facebook Built a Fiber-Spinning Robot to Make Internet Service Cheaper

Engineers have developed a robot that can install fiber cables on medium-voltage power lines.

Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning
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Photon-Based Processing Units Enable More Complex Machine Learning

Researchers proposed a new machine learning approach that induces a photonic tensor core to conduct multiplications of matrices in parallel, boosting the speed...

Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects
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Light Shaken, Stirred to Help Autonomous Vehicles Better Scan for Nearby Fast-Moving Objects

Researchers have developed a technique for realizing higher-resolution detection of nearby fast-moving objects in frequency modulated continuous wave LiDAR, critical...

Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers
From ACM TechNews

Trump Administration Establishes $75-Million Quantum Computing Centers

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. National Science Foundation are investing $75 million in three quantum computing centers.

Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19
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Demand for Robot Cooks Rises as Kitchens Combat Covid-19

Restaurant chains are testing the use of cooking robots.

Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway
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Autonomous Vehicles to Race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Over three dozen universities worldwide will compete in the Indy Autonomous Challenge, a race between self-driving vehicles to be held at the Indianapolis Motor...

Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots
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Transparent, Reflective Objects Now Within Grasp of Robots

Roboticists at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) have developed a technique that uses a color camera to enable robots to pick up transparent and reflective objects...

Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells
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Researchers 3D-Print Working Heart Pump with Real Human Cells

Researchers have three-dimensionally (3D) printed a functioning human heart pump in a laboratory.

Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate
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Machine Learning Helps Robot Swarms Coordinate

A new machine learning technique can govern the coordinated movement of flying robot swarms in order to avoid collisions.

Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store
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Japanese Robot to Clock In at Convenience Store

In August, a robot made by Japanese developer Telexistence will prepare food at a FamilyMart convenience store.

Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19
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Supercomputer Finds Existing Osteoporosis Drug with Potential for Treating Covid-19

A European Union-supported supercomputing platform has identified a generic osteoporosis drug's potential effectiveness against Covid-19.

Coping with Burnout in IT
From ACM News

Coping with Burnout in IT

Supporting staffers working from home adds another layer to the stress many IT professionals already were feeling.

AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System
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AI Seeks ET: Machine Learning Powers Hunt for Life in the Solar System

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is testing a pilot artificial intelligence system for use on a future Mars mission.

Scaling Up the Quantum Chip
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Scaling Up the Quantum Chip

Massachusetts Institute of Technology engineers have developed a process for manufacturing and integrating artificial atoms with photonic circuitry.

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing
From ACM TechNews

No Masks, No Coughs: Robots Can Be Just What the Doctor Ordered in Time of Social Distancing

In Japan, a country with a long fascination with robots, automated assistants have become bartenders, security guards, deliverymen, and more, since the onset of...

 AI Xenobots
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AI Xenobots

Robots wrought from living cells.
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