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Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells
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Evolutionary Algorithm Spawns ‘Living Robots’ from Frog Cells

When an evolutionary algorithm generates a successful robot design, the next step is usually to manufacture a physical robot from metals or plastics. Now, researchers...

IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology
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IBM Will No Longer Offer, Develop, or Research Facial Recognition Technology

IBM's CEO says we should reevaluate selling the technology to law enforcement.

Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study
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Self-driving Cars Could only Prevent a Third of U.S. Crashes: Study

Traffic experts say nine in 10 crashes result from human error, and more than 36,000 people died in U.S. car crashes last year.

Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color
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Colorblind Users Push Technology Designers to Use Signals Beyond Color

Colorblind users are pressing technology developers to redesign products to accommodate their disability.

A Robot Walks Into a Bar, Helps Make a Cocktail
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A Robot Walks Into a Bar, Helps Make a Cocktail

Robo-bartenders are part of South Korea's cafe and bar scene as the country moves toward "distancing in daily life" amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Pioneer of Modern Data Center Design Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award
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Pioneer of Modern Data Center Design Receives Eckert-Mauchly Award

ACM and the IEEE Computer Society have named Google's Luiz Andre Barroso to receive the 2020 Eckert-Mauchly Award.

Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars
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Interactive Model Simulates Keeping House on Mars

The Arizona State University (ASU) School of Earth and Space Exploration Interplanetary Initiative is running a pilot program to assess simulated Mars habitats....

Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty
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Germany, France Hope Cloud Data Project to Boost Sovereignty

Germany and France have launched a project to establish a European cloud computing platform.

In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders
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In Virus-Hit South Korea, AI Monitors Lonely Elders

SK Telecom operates an artificial intelligence-powered network of voice-enabled "smart" speakers to monitor thousands of seniors during the coronavirus pandemic...

'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D
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'Artificial Chemist' Combines AI, Robotics to Conduct Autonomous R&D

A new technology combines artificial intelligence with robotics for conducting chemical reactions,  to expedite R&D and synthesis of materials.

Chip for Biomolecule Detection May Help in Covid-19 Testing
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Chip for Biomolecule Detection May Help in Covid-19 Testing

Purdue University researchers have built an application-specific integrated circuit chip for early detection of pathogens and viruses.

Nearly All Google Chrome Security Bugs Involve Memory Flaws
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Nearly All Google Chrome Security Bugs Involve Memory Flaws

Google researchers have found that the vast majority of security bugs found in the Chrome browser are related to memory management.

Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures
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Carnegie Mellon Tool Automatically Turns Math Into Pictures

A new tool allows anyone to render mathematical abstractions as illustrations.

Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers
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Microsoft's Quantum-Computing Services Attract New Customers

Microsoft's Azure cloud-hosted quantum-computing services are drawing new customers.

You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes
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You Can't Hide Your Smiling Eyes

New software can determine whether your smile is real or faked.

Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding
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Boston Dynamics' Robodog Roams New Zealand Countryside for Sheep Herding

New Zealand software firm Rocos announced a partnership with Boston Dynamics to repurpose the latter's four-legged robotic dog for sheep herding.

To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat
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To Disinfect Police Car in a Pandemic, Software Cranks Up the Heat

Police departments in several U.S. cities are using updated software from Ford Motor that the automaker claims can kill the coronavirus.

Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More
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Multifunction E-Glasses Track the Brain, Eyes, and More

Researchers have developed prototype multifunctional e-glasses equipped with flexible electrodes near the ears and eyes.

Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice
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Algorithm Quickly Simulates Roll of Loaded Dice

Researchers have created an algorithm to produce random numbers with the best mix of speed, accuracy, and low memory currently available.

Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense
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Watson's Creator Wants to Teach AI a New Trick: Common Sense

David Ferrucci built a computer that mastered Jeopardy!  Since then, he's been attacking a more challenging task.
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