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Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time
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Why the Future of the Computer Is Everywhere, All the Time

'Ambient computing' is coming, and it promises to change how we interact with the world. But there are still a lot of challenges — and concerns — to overcome.

Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment
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Self-Driving Cars Face Uncertain Path to U.S. Deployment

The difficult path to deploying autonomous vehicles was highlighted by an announcement that Ford Motor Co. and Volkswagen AG would close their self-driving startup...

HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors
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HoloLens Headsets Connect Patients, Metropolitan Doctors

Microsoft HoloLens mixed-reality holographic headsets are connecting remote patients in Australia with metropolitan physicians.

Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs
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Japan Steps Up Push to Get Public Buy-in to Digital IDs

Japan's government is urging the public to sign up for digital IDs, warning they could lose access to public health insurance otherwise.

Software Tools Aim to Aid 3D Content Creation for Metaverse
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Software Tools Aim to Aid 3D Content Creation for Metaverse

A set of software tools rolled out by Adobe Inc. aims to facilitate the development three-dimensional digital objects for marketing campaigns, video games, and...

White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector
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White House Announces 100-Day Cyber Sprint for Chemical Sector

The 100-day grid cybersecurity sprint led to over 150 utilities deploying new technologies to improve cybersecurity defenses, according to a DOE press release. ...

New Method Exposes How Artificial Intelligence Works
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New Method Exposes How Artificial Intelligence Works

The neural networks are harder to fool thanks to adversarial training.

Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits
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Confirming Election Results with Risk-Limiting Audits

Rice University's Dan Wallach, working with Matthew Bernhard at nonprofit VotingWorks, found risk-limiting audits can be used to confirm election outcomes.

'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton
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'A Joy for Him': Boy with Cerebral Palsy Can Walk, Play Using This Exoskeleton

Mexico's Association for People with Cerebral Palsy plans to use the Atlas 2030 pediatric exoskeleton to help at least 200 children with cerebral palsy.

Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s
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Lost Something? Search 91.7 Million Files from the '80s, '90s, 2000s

A new website allows users to sift through 91.7 million computer files from CD-ROM releases and floppy discs dating back to the 1980s.

The Impact of Virtual Meetings
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The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.

Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations
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Improving Access to Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

North Carolina State University researchers aim to make electric vehicles more appealing to drivers by improving access to charging stations via a game theory-based...

Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?
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Would You Like a QR Code in That Cookie?

A three-dimensional printing method developed by scientists at Japan's Osaka University can embed edible quick response codes inside food.

How TikTok Ate the Internet
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How TikTok Ate the Internet

The world's most popular app has pioneered a new age of instant attention. Can we trust it?

AI-Enabled Eye Scan Delivers Stroke, Heart Disease Risk Scores
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AI-Enabled Eye Scan Delivers Stroke, Heart Disease Risk Scores

An artificial intelligence-enabled system developed by researchers in the U.K. can scan retinal images to identify individuals at high risk of heart disease and...

Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses
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Advanced AI Discovers a Treasure Trove of Gravitational Lenses

Telescope uses machine-learning algorithm to identify a sample of 5,000 candidates of gravitational lenses from tens of millions of galaxy images.

Machine Learning Model Predicts Health Conditions of People with MS
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Machine Learning Model Predicts Health Conditions of People with MS

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University, the University of Pittsburgh, and the University of Washington developed a machine learning model that can predict the...

Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers
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Specific Links Between Exercise, Memory, Mental Health Revealed by Fitness Trackers

Dartmouth College researchers used data from FitBit users to determine that exercise could be optimized to improve mental and cognitive health.

Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses
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Wegmans Discontinues Self-Checkout App, Citing Losses

Wegmans has discontinued the self-checkout SCAN app it rolled out early in the pandemic to offer contactless shopping, citing losses tied to the app.

FSOC Warns Crypto is Possible Systemic Risk
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FSOC Warns Crypto is Possible Systemic Risk

The Financial Stability Oversight Council report identifies a wide range of regulatory gaps and market risks.
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