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Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly
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Optical System Could Lead to Devices That Can Recognize Objects Instantly

An optical neural network concurrently works with multiple wavelengths of light.

Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very
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Chips that pass in the night: How risky is RISC-V to Arm, Intel and the others? Very

A decade on, expanding open ecosystem highlights limits of monolithic approach to CPU design.

Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge
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Robots Autonomously Navigate Underground in DARPA Challenge

The U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's Subterranean Challenge recently concluded its Urban Circuit, with a team of robots and operators from NASA's...

Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer
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Honeywell to Roll Out Quantum Computer

Honeywell will introduce an early-stage quantum computer for commercial experiments within about three months.

The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak
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The Rush to Deploy Robots in China Amid Coronavirus Outbreak

Chinese companies are scrambling to deploy robots and automation to take over for absent workers as the coronavirus spreads. 

The Tentacle Bot
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The Tentacle Bot

Researchers have engineered an octopus-inspired soft robotic arm that grasps, moves, and manipulates objects of all shapes, sizes, and textures.

NSF Accelerator is Open For Business
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NSF Accelerator is Open For Business

Attempting to harness the National Science Foundation’s 10 Big Ideas.

Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations
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Researchers Tackle the Flu with Virus Simulations

Researchers have developed new molecular virus simulations to help fight influenza.

Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared
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Cloud Computing Is Not the Energy Hog That Had Been Feared

The digital services churned out by the world's computer centers are multiplying, but their energy use is not, thanks to cloud computing, a new study says.

Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour
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Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour

Researchers at McAfee have demonstrated that adversarial machine learning can thwart autonomous driving systems.

U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away
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U.S. Military Facial Recognition System Could Work From 1 Kilometer Away

The U.S. Special Operations Command  is developing a portable facial recognition system that can identify individuals from 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) off. 

New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope
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New Yorkers Face Training Gap for Tech Jobs, but Study Finds Hope

A study by the nonprofit research group Center for an Urban Future offers hope for New York City employees who lack the training to qualify for upcoming technology...

Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
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Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles

A new system can automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles.

Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?
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Can Nanosheet Transistors Keep Moore's Law Alive?

The technology promises to advance semiconductors and computing, but also introduces new questions and challenges.

A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots
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A Growing Presence on the Farm: Robots

Agronomists are using new autonomous robots to help them breed better crops. 

Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con
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Angry Nerd: Don't Fall for the Quantum Con

Quantum cryptography is clever and impressive, but companies calling it "unbreakable" and "unhackable" turns me into Shrödinger's sourpuss.

The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China
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The Computer Pioneer Who Built Modern China

Isolated from the rest of the world, one woman pushed computing from a geeky obsession into a transformative industry.

In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work
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In Nevada, Last-Minute Scramble to Make Voting Tech Work

Nevada's Democratic Party hopes to avoid the fiasco seen in Iowa when it holds its caucuses Saturday with an in-house electronic voting system that it had to assemble...

This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...
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This Could be Microsoft's Most Important Product in 2020. If It Works...

ElectionGuard isn't designed to make voting machines safe from hackers. It's meant to make hacking them pointless.

The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters
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The Shuttering of Corporate Datacenters

Datacenters are being decommissioned at a rapid pace.
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