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A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid
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A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid

Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists have been developing a "black start" computer model to help grid operators quickly restore power after a disruption...

Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain
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Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain

Although the brain's architecture is very shallow, brain-inspired artificial neural networks' learning capabilities can outperform deep learning.

Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans
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Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans

Cleveland State University asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a district court ruling that "room scans" by exam proctoring software...

Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors
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Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors

An electronic bridge facilitates the fast transfer of energy between semiconductors.

New Analog Quantum Computers to Solve Previously Unsolvable Problems
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New Analog Quantum Computers to Solve Previously Unsolvable Problems

The architecture for these new quantum devices involves hybrid metal-semiconductor components incorporated into a nanoelectronic circuit

ChatGPT Finding, Fixing Bugs in Code
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ChatGPT Finding, Fixing Bugs in Code

Computer science researchers found the ChatGPT chatbot can detect and correct buggy code better than existing programs.

Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea
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Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea

South Korea's entertainment industry is producing virtual content as a gateway into the metaverse.

Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China
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Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China

Deal with U.S. comes as President Biden seeks to slow China's military development.

ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems
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ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems

A TechBrief released by ACM's global Technology Policy Council warns the spread of algorithmic systems carries with it unaddressed risks.

Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail
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Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

"...it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom."

RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says
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RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says

Simson Garfinkel says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.

U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks
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U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

IARPA scientists are taking up the nascent field of cyber psychology to predict and counter hacker behavior.

This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells
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This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells

Google Research spinout Osmo wants to find substitutes for hard-to-source aromas. The tech could inspire new perfumes—and help combat mosquito-borne diseases.

Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement
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Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement

Researchers collaborated on the construction of remote-controlled electronic biological robots powered by organic muscles.

LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances
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LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances

Appliance manufacturers LG Electronics and Whirlpool are trying to entice customers whose "smart" appliances are not connected to the Internet to embrace the technology...

Researchers Create Portal of Weird, Wonderful Fish Sounds
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Researchers Create Portal of Weird, Wonderful Fish Sounds

Researchers developed an online portal of fish sound information and a catalogue of recordings, featuring data on 989 fish species found to produce active sounds...

Viral ChatGPT Spurs Concerns About Propaganda, Hacking Risks
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Viral ChatGPT Spurs Concerns About Propaganda, Hacking Risks

Researchers at Georgetown University, OpenAI, and the Stanford Internet Observatory issued a report warning about the potential misuse of OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot...

Swedish Quantum Computer to be Made Available to Industry
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Swedish Quantum Computer to be Made Available to Industry

A Swedish quantum computer is to become more widely available.

Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail
From ACM TechNews

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail

Researchers at the U.K.'s Liverpool John Moores University and Egypt's Cairo University used software and a "reverse aging" process to replicate ancient Egyptian...
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