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Information Is Physics
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Information Is Physics

Individual bits of information can have direct physical consequences.

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach
From ACM TechNews

Haptic Arm Places Robotics Within Easy Reach

Researchers have created a robotic arm facilitating light, affordable, and accessible haptic force feedback. 

Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing
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Google Claims a Quantum Breakthrough That Could Change Computing

Google said in a paper published Wednesday its quantum computer needed only minutes to perform a task that would take a supercomputer 10,000 years.

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies
From ACM TechNews

UPS Strikes Agreements to Use Drones to Deliver Medical Supplies

United Parcel Service will use drones to deliver medical samples and supplies. 

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One
From ACM TechNews

Microsoft's DreamWalker VR Turns Your Daily Commute Into Totally Different One

Microsoft researchers have designed virtual reality solutions to allow users to remain fully immersed in virtual environments, even when walking in real-life locations...

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat
From ACM TechNews

Is the Stethoscope Dying? High-Tech Rivals Pose Threat

New medical technologies competing with the two-century-old stethoscope include handheld devices that use ultrasound, artificial intelligence (AI), and smartphone...

Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Skin Creates First Ticklish Devices

A new artificial skin-like interface can be used to augment devices like phones, wearables, and computers. 

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That
From ACM TechNews

It's Never Been Easier to Avoid Walking. A Cargo-Carrying Robot Might Change That

Boston-based robotics firm Piaggio Fast Forward will soon deploy a bipedal wheeled robot that hauls owners' belongings as it follows behind them. 

Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records
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Bike Designed with AI Breaks World Speed Records

A bicycle designed by a software applicaiton helped two competitors set the women's and men's world records for fastest human-powered vehicle last month.

Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves
From ACM TechNews

Quantum State of Single Electrons Controlled by 'Surfing' on Sound Waves

An international team used sound waves to control quantum information in one electron, an advance in creating efficient quantum computers built from semiconductors...

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station
From ACM TechNews

Astrobee Performs First Autonomous Flight on the International Space Station

A National Aeronautics and Space Administration Astrobee robot is now up and running on the International Space Station (ISS).

Snaking Its Way into Your Heart
From ACM News

Snaking Its Way into Your Heart

Artfiicial intelligence's new take on heart surgery.

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?
From ACM TechNews

Does Your Toothbrush Have an App Yet?

New technologies are being introduced to the world of dental care.

Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow
From ACM TechNews

Autonomous Shuttles in Northern Virginia Suburb Show Why Future of Robot Cars Might Be Slow

Two companies have partnered on an autonomous shuttle service to transport commuters between a Metro station and locations in Reston, VA.

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge
From ACM TechNews

AI-Based Firefighter Safety Startup Wins IBM Call for Code Challenge

IBM named the winners of this year's Call for Code Global Challenge.

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots
From ACM TechNews

The Deep Learning Way to Design Fly-Like Robots

Researchers have developed motion-capture software that uses deep learning to model a fruit fly's movements in three dimensions, in the hope of designing fly-like...

NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip
From ACM TechNews

NTU Singapore Start-Up Unveils Robot with Human-Like Dexterous Grip

Researchers have developed a robot that can pick up delicate optical lenses and mirrors with the care and precision of human hands.

Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars
From ACM TechNews

Caltech's Latest Creation: A Hovering, Bird-Like Robot That Could Someday Explore Mars

California Institute of Technology researchers have developed a robot drone that can traverse rough terrain.

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything
From ACM TechNews

Gymnastics' Latest Twist? AI Judges That See Everything

The gymnastics world championships in Germany used an artificial intelligence system to evaluate athletes' performance.

3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold
From ACM TechNews

3D Printing Technique Accelerates Nanoscale Fabrication a Thousandfold

Scientists have developed a nanoscale three-dimensional printing methodology that maintains resolution and is 1,000 times faster than conventional two-photon lithography...
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