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Have iPhone Cameras Become Too Smart?
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Have iPhone Cameras Become Too Smart?

Apple's newest smartphone models use machine learning to make every image look professionally taken. That doesn't mean the photos are good.

Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs
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Robot Truckers Could Replace 500K U.S. Jobs

Autonomous driving engineers are developing driverless trucks for long-haul freight that runs along simple interstate routes.

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly
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Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly

All five of the biggest publicly traded crypto mining companies are developing, or already operating, plants powered by renewable energy.

Leveraging AI to Work with Cells
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Leveraging AI to Work with Cells

Researchers developed a new version of their Nanofountain Probe Electroporation tool to execute cell engineering tasks using artificial intelligence.

Moore's Law: Scientists Just Made a Graphene Transistor Gate the Width of an Atom
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Moore's Law: Scientists Just Made a Graphene Transistor Gate the Width of an Atom

To be clear, the work is a proof of concept: the researchers haven't meaningfully scaled the approach.

Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare
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Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare

The maker of the lethal drone claims that it can identify targets using artificial intelligence.

The March of the Penguins Has a New Star: An Autonomous Robot
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The March of the Penguins Has a New Star: An Autonomous Robot

Researchers built a ground vehicle that may be operated in autonomous or remote-controlled modes to study hundreds of Emperor penguins in Antarctica.

Most People are Cool with Implanting Chips in Their Brains, but Only if They Can Turn Them Off
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Most People are Cool with Implanting Chips in Their Brains, but Only if They Can Turn Them Off

More than three-quarters of U.S. adults polled were against surgically implanting a chip in their brains to improve their cognitive abilities.

How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed
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How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed

Researchers have designed a new version of the Mini Cheetah robot that can achieve high running speeds more efficiently than its predecessors.

See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department
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See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department's robots last year. ...

Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked
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Encryption Meant to Protect Against Quantum Hackers Is Easily Cracked

Ward Beullens at IBM Research Zurich in Switzerland easily cracked a cryptography algorithm touted as one of three contenders for a global standard against quantum...

Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack
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Medical, IoT Devices Vulnerable to Attack

Researchers discovered seven vulnerabilities, known collectively as "Access:7," in more than 150 Internet of Things devices made by more than 100 companies.

Tiny Switches Give Solid-State LiDAR Record Resolution
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Tiny Switches Give Solid-State LiDAR Record Resolution

A new high-resolution light detection and ranging chip could pave the way for smaller, less-expensive LiDAR navigation systems.

Getting a Handle on Robotics Challenge
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Getting a Handle on Robotics Challenge

A robotic hand developed by Yale University researchers can fully rotate objects as its grippers break contact, similar to a human moving an object around to find...

ML Offers Shortcut to Optimal HVAC Operation
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ML Offers Shortcut to Optimal HVAC Operation

A new method for heating, ventilation, and air conditioning control mechanisms use machine learning to balance energy cost, comfort, and efficiency while enabling...

Robots Sanitize Avelo Aircraft for COVID-19, Other Pathogens
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Robots Sanitize Avelo Aircraft for COVID-19, Other Pathogens

Houston, TX-based startup Avelo Airlines is using autonomous robots from Canadian manufacturer Aero HygenX to disinfect aircraft cabins for COVID-19 and other viruses...

Observing Time Crystals
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Observing Time Crystals

Researchers at Australia's University of Melbourne observed a time crystal in action, with the help of quantum computing technology.

'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds
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'Fingerprint' ML Technique Identifies Bacteria in Seconds

Researchers combined surface-enhanced Raman spectroscopy and a deep learning model to identify bacteria in seconds with up to 98% accuracy.

Move Over Candy Bars, New York Vending Machine Now Sells NFT Art
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Move Over Candy Bars, New York Vending Machine Now Sells NFT Art

The first in-person non-fungible token vending machine has been installed in New York City by digital art collecting platform Neon.

Robot Photographer Has Eye for Aesthetics
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Robot Photographer Has Eye for Aesthetics

Cornell University researchers have developed a robotic photography system that can automatically rove an indoor space and shoot aesthetically appealing photos....
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