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The Evolution of Brick and Mortar
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The Evolution of Brick and Mortar

New technologies are transforming the future of in-person retail.

Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town
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Shopping Robots Come Into Their Own in Locked-Down English Town

A fleet of six-wheeled robots that deliver retail purchases is becoming increasingly popular in the British town of Milton Keynes during the coronavirus lockdown...

Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI
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Reducing the Carbon Footprint of AI

Researchers have developed an automated artificial intelligence system for training and running certain types of neural networks, which has a small carbon footprint...

Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait
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Footstep Sensors Identify People by Gait

Researchers have developed sensors that analyze footsteps by measuring minute floor vibrations.

Singapore's First Drone Delivery Service Takes Flight
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Singapore's First Drone Delivery Service Takes Flight

Singapore launched its first aerial drone delivery service on April 19, with a parcel of vitamins dropped onto a ship anchored off the island.

Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface
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Electronic Skin Powered by Sweat Can Monitor Health, Serve as Human-Machine Interface

California Institute of Technology's Wei Gao has developed a perspiration-powered electronic skin twith embedded sensors to monitor the wearer’s vital signs.

AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI
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AI Accelerates Blood Flow MRI

Researchers have developed an artificial intelligence program that could greatly accelerate dynamic magnetic resonance imaging (dMRI) of blood flow.

Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot
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Muscle Signals Can Pilot a Robot

A new system taps human muscle signals via wearable sensors to pilot a robot.

Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties
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Companies' Use of Thermal Cameras to Speed Return to Work Sparks Worries About Civil Liberties

Thermal imaging may be used to identify those suspected of having the coronavirus, but civil liberties experts warn such systems will monitor some who may not know...

NTU Singapore Researchers Build Disinfection Robot to Aid Cleaners in COVID-19 Outbreak
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NTU Singapore Researchers Build Disinfection Robot to Aid Cleaners in COVID-19 Outbreak

Researchers at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, have developed a semi-autonomous robot that can quickly disinfect large surfaces.

Commercial Quantum Computing Made Possible
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Commercial Quantum Computing Made Possible

Intel is chipping away at quantum computing with its Horse Ridge cryogenic control chip.

Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More
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Quantum Entanglement Offers Precision for GPS, Imaging, More

Researchers combined two techniques—radio frequency (RF) photonics sensing and quantum metrology—to give sensor networks a never-before-achieved level of precision...

The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future
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The Pandemic is Bringing Us Closer to Our Robot Takeout Future

"We saw that business double overnight," startup says of UK grocery deliveries.

Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked
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Why a Data Security Expert Fears U.S. Voting Will Be Hacked

Finnish data security expert Harri Hursti worries the U.S. voting system is rife with unpatched vulnerabilities that leave it susceptible to election rigging.

Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs
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Sensors Woven Into a Shirt Can Monitor Vital Signs

Researchers have developed a method of incorporating electronic sensors into stretchy fabrics to create clothes that monitor vital signs.

Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs
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Connecticut City Testing Drone That Detects Fevers, Coughs

A "pandemic drone" is being tested by police in Westport, CT,

An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future
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An ESPN Commercial Hints at Advertising's Deepfake Future

With the pandemic having shut down production, companies are asking ad agencies to create commercials made up of digitally altered footage.

Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era
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Satellites Are Helping to Track Food Supplies in Coronavirus Era

Demand is on the rise for alternative data that show how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting industries and trade worldwide.

Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference
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Researchers Propose a Privacy-Preserving Communication Protocol for AI Training, Inference

A team of researchers has developed an end-to-end framework for secure computation of artificial intelligence models and batch normalization.

Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records
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Optical Labs Set Terabit Transmission Records

Researchers were able to send 172 terabits per second of data through a single multicore fiber.
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