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AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland
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AI-Powered Robots Replace Recycling Center Workers in Finland

A new recycling facility near Helsinki, Finland, can process as much as 120,000 metric tons of construction waste per year with the help of robots.

Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test
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Autonomous Trucker TuSimple Logs First No-Human Road Test

Autonomous technology developer TuSimple said its self-driving unmanned semitruck completed an 80-mile trip in Arizona on public roads without human intervention...

Reimagining AI
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Reimagining AI

How values-driven artificial intelligence can reshape the way we communicate.

Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal
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Navigational Apps for the Blind Could Have a Broader Appeal

A proliferation of new apps designed to help blind and low vision people could prove useful for everyone.

Simple, Accurate, Efficient: Improving How Computers Recognize Hand Gestures
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Simple, Accurate, Efficient: Improving How Computers Recognize Hand Gestures

Zhiyi Yu and colleagues at China's Sun Yat-sen University have developed a hand gesture recognition algorithm for easy application in consumer-level devices.

AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery
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AI Powers Autonomous Materials Discovery

Cornell University researchers have developed an artificial intelligence tool that aims to speed up the process of materials discovery.

Delivering Smart Warehouses
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Delivering Smart Warehouses

Companies old and new, large and small, are working to establish themselves in the smart warehouse and distribution center market.

Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future
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Banks Tiptoe Toward Their Cloud-Based Future

Cloud computing is slowly changing how Wall Street banks handle their business, but concerns with security remain.

Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'
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Former Facebook Executive Pushes to Open Social Media's 'Black Boxes'

The co-founder of CrowdTangle has been working with Congress on legislation to make tech companies disclose their inner workings.

MTG Hit with Facebook Suspension After Twitter Ban
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MTG Hit with Facebook Suspension After Twitter Ban

"Facebook has joined Twitter in censoring me," Greene (R-GA) wrote on Gettr, a social media platform favored by some right-wing conservatives.

Minnesota Mathematicians, Data Scientists Use Technology to Shape Political Districts
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Minnesota Mathematicians, Data Scientists Use Technology to Shape Political Districts

A dozen mathematicians and data scientists claim to have used advanced computational technology to generate fair political redistricting maps for Minnesota.

China Aims to Be a World Robot Champion by 2025
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China Aims to Be a World Robot Champion by 2025

China has unveiled a five-year plan to become a global leader in automated manufacturing by realizing 20% minimum annual growth in robotics sales and doubling its...

Creating Text Out of Thin Air
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Creating Text Out of Thin Air

Researchers at China's Zhejiang University have developed a smartwatch application in which users write text in mid-air with a finger, and the text is captured...

Desperate for Workers, MGM Resorts Lets Applicants Role Play With VR
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Desperate for Workers, MGM Resorts Lets Applicants Role Play With VR

MGM Resorts will adopt virtual reality headsets that allow job applicants to experience various customer-service roles before making a decision.

Large-Scale Phishing Study Shows Who Bites the Bait More Often
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Large-Scale Phishing Study Shows Who Bites the Bait More Often

Researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich found that study participants aged 18-19 and those aged 50-59 are most likely to click on phishing links.

Human Induced Cells Grown in Petri Dish Learn to Play Pong Faster Than AI
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Human Induced Cells Grown in Petri Dish Learn to Play Pong Faster Than AI

Researchers at Cortical Labs in Australia demonstrated that human-induced neurons grown in a petri dish can be taught to play the retro videogame Pong in only five...

Using Sparse Data to Predict Lab Quakes
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Using Sparse Data to Predict Lab Quakes

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory have developed a machine learning approach that can predict fault slip in laboratory earthquakes with reliability...

How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?
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How Fast Can Quantum Computers Process Information?

Physicists at Germany's University of Bonn and the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have investigated the determinants of quantum-computer information processing...

Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground
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Robotic Inchworm Climbs to Higher Ground

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University have developed a robot that moves like an inchworm and can make its way between horizontal and vertical planes...

Walk-Through Metal Detectors Can Be Hacked, Research Finds
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Walk-Through Metal Detectors Can Be Hacked, Research Finds

Researchers at Cisco Talos have identified nine software vulnerabilities in commonly used metal detectors manufactured by Garrett.
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