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Automating the Farm
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Automating the Farm

Seeking increased yields with precision agriculture technology.

'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat
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'It's a Roller-Coaster Ride': Global Chip Shortage Is Making Industries Sweat

The Internet-connected world is completely dependent on the production of semiconductors. That's become a problem now that supplies are running short.

China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms
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China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms

China's working-age population has dropped by more than 5 million in the last decade, and factories are responding to the resulting labor shortage with automation...

French Army Testing Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Spot in Combat Scenarios
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French Army Testing Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Spot in Combat Scenarios

France's military has utilized robotics developer Boston Dynamics' four-legged Spot robot in training exercises, raising questions about the robot's future applications...

Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing
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Intel's Latest Hail Mary Is a $20-Billion Bet on American Manufacturing

The chipmaker helped create Silicon Valley—but cultural complacency and a missed mobile boom have left it far behind competitors.

NVIDIA Completely Re-Imagines The Data Center For AI
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NVIDIA Completely Re-Imagines The Data Center For AI

It is all about tighter integration with memory, CPUs, and accelerators for trillion-parameter AI models.

Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'
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Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'

Adidas is merging three-dimensional printing and robotic automation to produce mass-market footwear through its Futurecraft.Strung project.

Student's Physics Homework Picked Up by Amazon Quantum Researchers
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Student's Physics Homework Picked Up by Amazon Quantum Researchers

The simple but ingenious change to quantum error correcting code has grabbed the attention of quantum researchers.

Democratizing Facial Authentication
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Democratizing Facial Authentication

Intel's RealSense ID solution performs facial identification on device, not in the cloud.

Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context
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Robots Can Be More Aware of Human Co-Workers, with System That Provides Context

Researchers have designed a context-aware system that could enable robots to work alongside humans on assembly lines with greater efficiency, while foregoing needless...

A New Era of Innovation: Moore's Law is Not Dead and AI is Ready to Explode
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A New Era of Innovation: Moore's Law is Not Dead and AI is Ready to Explode

Moore's Law is dead, right? Think again.

Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor
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Human Brain Organoids Grown in Cheap 3D-Printed Bioreactor

A human brain organoid was cultured in a week in a three-dimensionally-printed microfluidic bioreactor.

Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain
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Monkey Equipped with Elon Musk's Neuralink Device Plays Pong with Its Brain

Elon Musk's Neuralink company released a blog post and video showing a monkey playing the game of Pong by thought, via the firm's sensor hardware and brain implant...

Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes
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Swiss Robots Use UV Light to Zap Viruses Aboard Passenger Planes

A robot is using ultraviolet light to kill viruses aboard Swiss passenger planes, in a test being conducted with airport services company Dnata in the United Arab...

IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab
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IBM's First Private Sector On-Premise Quantum Computer is Going to Research Lab

IBM has agreed to deploy a quantum computer at a new research center for researching viral pathogens, virus-induced diseases, genomics, immunology, and immunotherapies...

The State of Quantum Computing
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The State of Quantum Computing

Recent developments in the field may signal quantum technology will soon be ready for prime time.

Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains
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Researchers Found Way to Send Tiny Robots Into Mouse Brains

Researchers sent drug-impregnated microscopic robots into mouse brains to treat tumors, coating the machines in E. coli to let them pass through the blood-brain...

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles
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New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.

How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)
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How Fortnite, Zelda Can Up Your Surgical Game (No Joke!)

Researchers suggest video games could be a beneficial tool for training surgeons.

Robot Senses Hidden Objects
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Robot Senses Hidden Objects

A new robot can locate and grasp hidden objects using radio waves in combination with traditional computer vision.
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