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Blockchain Technology Could Be Set for Major Security Boost
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Blockchain Technology Could Be Set for Major Security Boost

A team of researchers has strengthened blockchain networks against potential quantum computing threats through the development of a post-quantum cryptographic layer...

U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles
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U.S. Will Investigate Tesla's Autopilot System Over Crashes With Emergency Vehicles

It will be the broadest look yet at Tesla's assisted-driving technology. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has the authority to force a recall...

Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be
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Robot Shows How Simple Swimming Can Be

A robotic eel designed by researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne can swim through water and receive sensory data while in motion.

Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future
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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future

Software designed to enable autonomous operations of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems

Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries
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Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries

New machine-learning approach helps scientists understand increased frequency of extreme precipitation days in the Midwest

AI Learns by Doing More with Less
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AI Learns by Doing More with Less

Sparsity and energy constraints guide learning and communications in silicon neuronal networks

Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap
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Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to use artificial intelligence algorithms to determine a patient's race as a means of improving health...

Humans and Algorithms Struggle to Read Emotions When Faces Are Obscured
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Humans and Algorithms Struggle to Read Emotions When Faces Are Obscured

Study compares accuracy of humans versus artificial systems in deciphering emotions of people in face masks and sunglasses

Brain Connectivity Can Build Better AI
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Brain Connectivity Can Build Better AI

Artificial neural networks modeled on real brains can perform cognitive tasks

Neural Network Model Unravels People with Autism's Difficulty with Facial Expressions
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Neural Network Model Unravels People with Autism's Difficulty with Facial Expressions

Researchers at Japan's Tohoku University developed an neural network model that can help explain the difficulty people with autism spectrum disorder have in interpreting...

System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds
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System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds

New algorithm could enable fast, nimble drones for time-critical operations such as search and rescue

Real-Time Lyric-Generation Technology Can Inspire Songwriting
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Real-Time Lyric-Generation Technology Can Inspire Songwriting

LyricJam uses artificial intelligence to generate lyrics for live instrumental music

U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls
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U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has asked for a report on using artificial intelligence to analyze prison inmates' phone calls to help prevent violent crime...

Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases
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Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases

Results from the company's AI bias competition reveals a preference for young, beautiful, and light-skinned faces

AI Knows Where Your Proteins Go
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AI Knows Where Your Proteins Go

Machine learning able to predict subcellular locations of functionally related proteins

Researchers Use AI to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Texts
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Researchers Use AI to Unlock the Secrets of Ancient Texts

University of Notre Dame researchers are developing a neural network to read ancient, hand-written texts using human perception to enhance deep learning-based document...

Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test
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Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test

Innovative strategy analyzes specific regions of CoRSIVs genome to offer possibility of early diagnosis

John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots
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John Deere Doubles Down on Silicon Valley and Robots

Farm-equipment giant is buying Bear Flag Robotics, which makes autonomous tractors

Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech
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Researchers Say They've Found a Wildly Successful Bypass for Face Recognition Tech

Computer scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University (TAU) say they have developed a method for circumventing a large number of facial recognition systems.

Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot
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Best Jobs at the Olympics: Robot

Unlike other Olympic employees who clearly have been instructed to blend into the background of the events with which they're assisting, you command the spotlight...
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