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Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip
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Quantum Crypto Crams into System-on-a-Chip

Toshiba researchers have developed a secure quantum communication system.

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers
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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items...

Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons
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Chinese Scientists Develop Quantum Computer with 113 Detected Photons

Chinese scientists have developed a quantum computer prototype with 113 detected photons to solve tasks using the classical Gaussian boson sampling (GBS) modeling...

Robot Taxi Boats Take to the Water in Amsterdam
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Robot Taxi Boats Take to the Water in Amsterdam

An autonomous boat taxi is set for deployment in the canals of Amsterdam.

McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI
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McDonald's Partners With IBM to Replace Drive-Thru Employees With AI

"I'm sorry, Dave. I can't give you fries with that."

Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge
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Robot Teams Win DARPA Subterranean Challenge

The teams behind the real and virtual robots named as winners shared a total of  $5 million in prize money.

3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows
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3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows

Two companies plan to start building the largest three-dimensionally (3D)-printed home community in the U.S. next year.

Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes
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Improved Computer Simulation Can Build Faster, Cleaner, Cheaper Planes

Researchers have enhanced computer modeling to better predict the lift and drag of an airplane's structure, without slowing the speed of calculation.

NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots
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NASA Challenges Students to Design Moon-Digging Robots

NASA's Lunabotics Junior Contest offers students in grades K-12 the opportunity to design lunar-excavating robots.

Intel Falls as Outlook Shows Costly Path to Regain Dominance
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Intel Falls as Outlook Shows Costly Path to Regain Dominance

Datacenter unit sales decline from major cloud providers.

Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards
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Robot Artist Ai-Da Released by Egyptian Border Guards

Egyptian border agents have released a British-built robot after detaining it at customs for 10 days.

Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis
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Self-Driving Race Cars Make History in Indianapolis

The Indy Autonomous Challenge in Indianapolis made history as the first racing competition between driverless vehicles.

Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor
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Meet Snitch: The Small, Agile RISC-V Processor

Tests uggest the new RISC-V-based Snitch processor used in parallel can be 3.5 times more energy efficient than other benchmark designs, and six times faster.

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality
From Communications of the ACM

Qubit Devices Inch Toward Reality

Key questions and challenges remain, including how to scale qubit devices while reducing noise and errors to the point where the devices become useful.

Holograms on the Horizon?
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Holograms on the Horizon?

Machine learning drives toward 3D imaging on the move.

A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook
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A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel's ontological proof, and a mascot's moment of weakness.

One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah
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One Giant Leap for the Mini Cheetah

A new control system enhances the speed and agility of legged robots as they leap across gaps.

Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas
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Walgreens Testing Drone Deliveries in Texas

Retail pharmacy chain Walgreens and Google affiliate Wing will test drone deliveries in Texas next week in the city of Frisco and the town of Little Elm.

Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant
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Scientists Enable Blind Woman to See Simple Shapes Using Brain Implant

Scientists at the University of Utah and Spain's Miguel Hernandez University have given artificial vision to a blind woman through a brain implant.

Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips
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Intel Slipped, and Its Future Now Depends on Making Everyone Else's Chips

Intel slipped—and its future now depends on making everyone else's chips.
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