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Algorithm Optimally Divvies up Tasks for Human-Robot Teams
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Algorithm Optimally Divvies up Tasks for Human-Robot Teams

The team's work could be valuable in manufacturing and assembly plants, for sorting packages, or in any environment where humans and robots collaborate to complete...

Philadelphia Launches Real-Time Smart City Project
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Philadelphia Launches Real-Time Smart City Project

The SmartCityPHL project in Philadelphia is a partnership of the city, Comcast, and US Ignite to help collect real-time data on air quality, weather, transportation...

Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail
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Using Light, Sound to Reveal Rapid Brain Activity in Unprecedented Detail

Duke University researchers have developed an approach that allows for real-time scanning and imaging of blood flow and oxygen levels in a mouse brain.

An Electric Connection: Homes Helping the Grid
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An Electric Connection: Homes Helping the Grid

Researchers have invented technology that could reduce strain on the national power grid by controlling residential appliances more efficiently.

Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California
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Uber Launches Robot Food Delivery in California

Uber has rolled out pilot food delivery services that use autonomous vehicles in Santa Monica and West Hollywood, CA.

NSF Program Hopes to Rev Nation's Innovation 'Engines'
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NSF Program Hopes to Rev Nation's Innovation 'Engines'

A new U.S. National Science Foundation program aims to help communities outside innovation hubs create companies and well-paying jobs from local research.

'Quantum Internet' Inches Closer With Advance in Data Teleportation
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'Quantum Internet' Inches Closer With Advance in Data Teleportation

Scientists have improved their ability to send quantum information across distant computers—and have taken another step toward the network of the future.

Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance
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Countermeasure Against Unwanted Wireless Surveillance

A  new system protects privacy in wireless communications based on intelligent reflective surfaces.

AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles
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AI Powered Autonomous Cargo Ship for 500 Miles

A 749-gross-ton vessel is the first commercial cargo ship to be navigated entirely by artificial intelligence during a nearly 500-mile, 40-hour journey.

Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field
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Trilobite-Inspired Camera Boasts Huge Depth of Field

Chinese and U.S. researchers collaborated on the development of a camera with a massive depth of field.

'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge
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'Tough to Forge' Digital Driver's License Actually Easy to Forge

Security researchers have found that the supposedly hard-to-counterfeit digital driver's licenses in use in New South Wales, Australia, actually can be altered...

Americans Have Their Sensitive Online Activity Exposed Over 700 Times Daily
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Americans Have Their Sensitive Online Activity Exposed Over 700 Times Daily

Real-time bidding is a process that runs in the background on websites and apps and tracks what you look at, no matter how private or sensitive it is.

Why Isn't New Technology Making Us More Productive?
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Why Isn't New Technology Making Us More Productive?

Innovations like cloud computing and artificial intelligence are hailed as engines of a coming productivity revival, but a broad payoff across the economy has been...

U.K. Orders Clearview AI to Delete Images Belonging to U.K. Residents
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U.K. Orders Clearview AI to Delete Images Belonging to U.K. Residents

The U.S. software company brands itself as "the world's largest facial network" holding billions of face photographs from the Internet.

U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI
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U.S. Civil Rights Enforcers Warn Employers Against Biased AI

The U.S. government has warned employers that artificial intelligence technology for screening new job candidates or tracking productivity could violate civil rights...

Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited
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Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited

Researchers found that a bug in Zyxel firewalls that could enable unauthenticated remote attackers to execute code.

Perception-Based Nanosensor Platform Could Advance Detection of Ovarian Cancer
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Perception-Based Nanosensor Platform Could Advance Detection of Ovarian Cancer

A multi-institutional research team analyzed spectral signatures of ovarian cancer by harnessing machine learning and the fluorescence of carbon nanotubes.

Microchips that Mimic the Human Brain Could Make AI More Energy Efficient
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Microchips that Mimic the Human Brain Could Make AI More Energy Efficient

Neuromorphic chips could cut the power demands of digital assistants and other devices by orders of magnitude.

Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem
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Machine Learning Has A Backdoor Problem

The researchers explored how the vast available knowledge about backdoors in cryptography could be applied to machine learning.

Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier
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Quantum Computing May Make Ray Tracing Easier

U.S., U.K., and Portuguese researchers combined classical ray tracing algorithms with quantum computing to improve ray tracing performance as much as 190%.
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