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We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables
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We'd Have More Quantum Computers If It Weren't So Hard to Find the Damn Cables

Blake Johnson spends a lot of time thinking about things like superconducting cables and supercooled refrigerators.

Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical
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Giving Algorithms a Sense of Uncertainty Could Make Them More Ethical

Algorithms are increasingly being used to make ethical decisions. Perhaps the best example of this is a high-tech take on the ethical dilemma known as the trolley...

Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots
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Robot Hotel Loses Love for Robots

A hotel in Japan hyped as the world's first robot-staffed hotel has eliminated more than half of its robots due to mounting complaints.

How Do You Fight an Algorithm You Cannot See?
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How Do You Fight an Algorithm You Cannot See?

Activists in Germany have facilitated a method to assess the accountability of proprietary algorithms via a crowdsourcing platform.

Democratizing Data Science
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Democratizing Data Science

Researchers have developed a tool for nonstatisticians that automatically generates models for analyzing raw data. The tool takes in datasets and generates sophisticated...

Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps
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Hidden History of the Milky Way Revealed by Extensive Star Maps

Last April, Amina Helmi felt goose bumps while driving to work in the northern Netherlands. It had nothing to do with the weather—it was pure anticipation. Just...

Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency
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Hackers Are Stealing Computer Power to Make Millions in Cryptocurrency

Groups of hackers are stealing millions of dollars through cryptojacking, which works by illicitly harnessing the computing power of thousands to mine cryptocurrency...

UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous
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UT Austin Researchers Use Supercomputing to Study Turning Animals Monogamous

University of Texas at Austin researchers used the Texas Advanced Computing Center's Wrangler supercomputer to examine gene activity across the genomes of 10 species...

Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations
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Giant Food Stores Will Place Robotic Assistants at 172 Locations

Giant Food Stores will install autonomous assistive robots in 172 stores across Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia, and West Virginia.

National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer
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National Health Service Trials AI Software to Diagnose Breast Cancer

Several European companies have trained artificial intelligence to detect signs of breast cancer.

Proof-of-Concept Malware Reveals Smart Building Vulnerabilities
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Proof-of-Concept Malware Reveals Smart Building Vulnerabilities

Researchers warn smart building-targeting malware is the next step in the rapidly expanding attack surface made vulnerable by automated systems.

Smartphone App to Detect Opioid Overdose and Precursors
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Smartphone App to Detect Opioid Overdose and Precursors

University of Washington researchers have developed a smartphone app that can discern when an opioid overdose has occurred.

Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm
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Robotic Milkers and an Automated Greenhouse: Inside a High-Tech Small Farm

Small farms are starting to upgrade to high-tech operations.

3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants
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3D Technology Revolutionizing Face Transplants

Face transplants are a proving ground for medical applications of three-dimensional printing and imaging.

Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon
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Imaging Ever Closer to the Event Horizon

While black holes themselves swallow any light beyond their event horizon, the area outside the event horizon tends to emit lots of light.

IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model
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IBM Announces High-Resolution Global Weather Forecast Model

IBM will roll out a high-resolution weather forecast model this year.

Texas Hospitals Adapt Existing Technology to Tackle Opioid Crisis
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Texas Hospitals Adapt Existing Technology to Tackle Opioid Crisis

The Texas Hospital Association is adapting existing technology to help state hospitals combat the opioid epidemic by supplying them with better information as needed...

Neural Learning on the Edge
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Neural Learning on the Edge

The next generation of neural networks will learn from real-time data streamed from smartphones, Internet of Things devices, and machine-to-machine connections....

Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019
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Battle for Connected Home Seizes the Stage at CES 2019

Last week's CES 2019 in Las Vegas showcased efforts by Google, Amazon, and Apple to advance connected home technology platforms.
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