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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.

Annealing Processor Excels at Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems
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Annealing Processor Excels at Solving Combinatorial Optimization Problems

Researchers in Japan have developed a new annealer architecture to handle combinatorial optimization problems.

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.

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.

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.

Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears
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Belgian Port to Test Virus Bracelets Amid Tech Tracing Fears

Teams of workers at the Belgian port of Antwerp are preparing to test a bracelet designed to help contain the coronavirus pandemic by enforcing social distancing...

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.

Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks
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Ford , Volkswagen Smart Cars May Come With Some Major Security Risks

A study by independent consumer body Which? found serious security flaws in connected cars from Ford and Volkswagen.

Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing
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Connecticut Suburb Deploys 'Pandemic Drones' to Try to Enforce Social Distancing

The suburban town of Westport, CT, is deploying specialized police drones to yell at people who aren't standing six feet apart.

AI for Drug Design
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AI for Drug Design

Artificial intelligence allows the screening of billions of molecules, until you find the one(s) you want.

Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World
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Algorithm Maps Where Fashions Originate, How They Spread Around the World

A new machine learning algorithm can recognize new fashions, then use images of  them to seek similar styles styles in a global database of geotagged images.

Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?
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Will ‘Big Data’ Restore Active Managers’ Mojo?

Sophisticated tech used to gather and analyze information may be able to improve returns, but the data isn't showing it.

Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup
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Can't Scout Players in Person? The NFL Turns to Brooklyn Startup

The National Football League is using a startup's artificial intelligence technology to remotely scout prospective players during the coronavirus restrictions. ...

These Fold-Up Robots Fly Just Like Ladybugs
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These Fold-Up Robots Fly Just Like Ladybugs

Researchers in South Korea have built remote-controlled robots inspired by ladybugs, with wings that snap open, lock, and fold up like origami upon landing.
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