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The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer
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The U.K. Is Building Its First Commercial Quantum Computer

U.K. science minister Amanda Solloway says Britain's first commercial quantum computer, supported by government and industry, will be available for use by businesses...

Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI
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Method for Automated Control Leverages Advances in AI

Researchers at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory developed a method for designing automated control systems that incorporate advances in deep learning and...

Computers Can't Cut Red Tape
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Computers Can't Cut Red Tape

Modernizing government technology can be helpful during a crisis. To a point.

Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing
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Public Webcams Are Telling Us Whether People Are Social Distancing

Since April, computer scientists at Purdue University have been using an online database of public cameras to track compliance with social-distancing guidelines...

Stanford Launches AI-Powered TV News Analyzer
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Stanford Launches AI-Powered TV News Analyzer

Researchers have launched an interactive tool powered by artificial intelligence that enables the public to search cable TV news transcripts and compute the screen...

26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation
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26-Year-Old is First Woman to Win Africa Prize for Innovation

BACE Group CEO Charlette N'Guessan, 26, is the first woman named to receive the 2020 Royal Academy of Engineering's Africa Prize for Engineering Innovation.

AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos
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AI Removes Unwanted Objects From Photos

A new algorithm uses artificial intelligence to digitally remove unwanted objects in photos.

Chinese Scientists Say Their Neuromorphic Computer Darwin Mouse Has the Same Number of Neurons as a Real Mouse
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Chinese Scientists Say Their Neuromorphic Computer Darwin Mouse Has the Same Number of Neurons as a Real Mouse

Scientists in China said they have created the world's largest neuromorphic computer.

Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices
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Scientists Model Neural Activity From Living Human Cells on Brain-on-a-Chip Devices

Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory scientists developed three-dimensional brain-on-chip devices that mimic the neural activity of brain cells cultured outside...

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?
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A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions
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Visa Unveils More Powerful AI Tool That Approves or Denies Card Transactions

Visa has introduced a more advanced artificial intelligence tool to approve or deny credit and debit transactions when banks' networks are down.

Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions
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Toward an ML Model That Can Reason About Everyday Actions

Researchers trained a hybrid language-vision machine learning model to recognize abstract concepts in video.

Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble
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Intel Researchers Design Smartphone-Powered Robot That Costs $50 to Assemble

Intel researchers have created a wheeled robot powered by a smartphone that costs just $50 to assemble.

Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business
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Robot Trucks Seek Inroads Into Freight Business

Startups are developing prototype autonomous trucks to haul freight while reducing transportation costs and expediting deliveries.

Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research
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Army Scientists Take Spin on Quantum Research

Researchers at the Army Research Laboratory have developed a method of enhancing quantum systems to give soldiers more reliable and secure capabilities in the field...

Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools
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Microsoft, Energy Dept. to Develop Disaster-Response AI Tools

The U.S. Department of Energy and Microsoft are partnering to develop artificial intelligence tools to improve first-responders' capabilities with regard to natural...

Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR
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Can Art Help Save Marine Life? Socio-Ecological Artist Designs Coral Reefs Using VR

Socio-ecological artist Colleen Flanigan used Google's Tilt Brush app to create a "living sculpture" that she hopes will revive coral communities.

Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine
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Robotic Tank Is Designed to Crawl Through Your Intestine

Researchers at the University of Colorado's Advanced Medical Technologies Lab have created a tank robot that can actively drive through a person's intestines.

Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space
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Testing Asimov's Idea for Power From Space

Isaac Asimov's notion of capturing energy in space and beaming it to the Earth’s surface faces its first orbital testing.

Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend
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Apple's Move to Make Advertising Harder on iOS 14 is Part of a Trend

Facebook is only the latest developer to feel the squeeze.
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