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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic
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Technology Keeps Senior Center Residents Connected During Pandemic

Senior living facilities are looking to balance the benefits of technology by promoting social interactions as the pace of coronavirus vaccinations increases.

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.

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

What a Gambling App Knows About You
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What a Gambling App Knows About You

Sky Bet, the most popular gambling app in Britain, compiled extensive records about a user, tracking him in ways he never imagined.

William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely
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William Shatner Turns 90, AI Version of Him will Live On Indefinitely

Shatner partners with StoryFile to create an interactive version of himself that answers fan questions and talks back to them.

The Worsening State of Ransomware
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The Worsening State of Ransomware

Sophisticated, dangerous ransomware is the new normal … and there is no simple fix.

Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans
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Deep Learning Speeds MRI Scans

Machine intelligence significantly reduces the time needed for an MRI scan, which can help reduce patient anxiety.

The Best of NLP
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The Best of NLP

Natural language processing delves more deeply into its knowledge gap.

AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets
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AI Can Stop the Cybersickness Some People Get When Using VR Headsets

Researchers at U.K. startup Kagenova have developed a system that can reduce nausea or cybersickness induced by virtual reality.

AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success
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AI Smashes Videogame High Scores by Remembering Its Past Success

Artificial intelligence has achieved record high scores on videogames played on classic Atari consoles, by recalling previous successes.

Prague Theater to Stage Play Written by AI, on 100th Anniversary of Capek's R.U.R.
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Prague Theater to Stage Play Written by AI, on 100th Anniversary of Capek's R.U.R.

Prague's Švanda Theatre plans to stage a play written by artificial intelligence to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Karel Capek's R.U.R.

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D
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Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Some artificial intelligence experts think role playing adventure games will help machines learn to be as clever as we are.

Fact-Finding Mission
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Fact-Finding Mission

Artificial intelligence provides automatic fact-checking and fake news detection, but with limits.

Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?
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Can the Biases in Facial Recognition Be Fixed; Also, Should They?

Many facial recognition systems used by law enforcement are shot through with biases. Can anything be done to make them fair and trustworthy?

South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound
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South Korea Used AI to Bring Dead Superstar's Voice Back to the Stage, but Ethical Concerns Abound

South Korean broadcaster SBS plans to use artificial intelligence (AI) to "resurrect" deceased folk singer Kim Kwang-seok for a new AI vs. human competition.

Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR
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Sundance Film Festival Makes a Giant Leap Into VR

The Sundance Film Festival is giving attendees access to a virtual reality platform that can be accessed with or without a VR headset by logging onto a website....

Technological Responses to COVID-19
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Technological Responses to COVID-19

Companies are finding new ways to enforce social distancing, clean public spaces, and provide substitutes for human workers.

Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains
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Neural Networks Playing Video Games Teach Us About Our Own Brains

Researchers found artificial intelligence's “neurons” behaved similarly to neurons in the human brain when playing classic Atari video games.

First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher
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First-Ever Quantum Chess Tournament Won by Amazon Researcher

Amazon researcher Aleksander Kubica won the world's first quantum chess tournament during the virtual Practical Quantum Computing (Q2B) conference.
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