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February 2024


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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.


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Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets

Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets

Brain-computer interfaces are helping researchers learn more about brain anatomy.


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iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.


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Defending the Business

Defending the Business

The potential for a cyber incident is a top risk to business globally.


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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 found generally positive effects.


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The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed off the latest iteration of their RoboGuide, an AI-powered quadruped robot designed to assist visually impaired people.


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Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play

Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play

The Brain Computer Interface program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital develops technology to allow disabled children to use their minds to move and play.


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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

The Association for Advancing Automation reported a 30% decline in robot orders by companies in North America last year.


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Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation

Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation

Researchers found that emojis mean different things to different people, depending on the viewer's age, gender, and nationality.


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NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse

NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse

The NASA-funded Eclipse Soundscapes Project is calling on citizen scientists to "listen" to the sounds of animals, birds, and insects during the April 8 total solar eclipse.


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The Text File that Runs the Internet

The Text File that Runs the Internet

For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of Web crawlers. But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data, the basic social contract of the Web is falling apart.


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Open Source Security Chip Released

Open Source Security Chip Released

A commercial silicon chip that includes open source, built-in hardware security has been announced by the OpenTitan coalition.


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Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet, issued a recall for its software after two of its vehicles hit the same pickup truck minutes apart in Phoenix.


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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Biometric scanning and AI advances could replace the need for badges to enter buildings and regular password resets to access websites.


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U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D

U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D

The Biden administration announced that it would invest $5 billion in the National Semiconductor Technology Center.


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Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer

Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer

University of Chicago researchers created a quantum communication testbed with remote superconducting nodes, laying the foundation for more secure communication networks.


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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.


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The Campaign Against Deepfakes

The Campaign Against Deepfakes

Digital deceit is on the rise and needs to be addressed.


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OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'

OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'

The A.I. start-up is releasing a new version of ChatGPT that stores what users say and applies it to future chats.


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Judge Rejects Most ChatGPT Copyright Claims from Book Authors

Judge Rejects Most ChatGPT Copyright Claims from Book Authors

OpenAI plans to defeat authors' remaining claim at a "later stage" of the case.


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Imran Khan's 'Victory Speech' from Jail Shows AI's Peril, Promise

Imran Khan's 'Victory Speech' from Jail Shows AI's Peril, Promise

Despite being imprisoned, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has garnered support for his political party using AI.


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Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids

Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids

Across the globe, concerns about the substantial amount of energy used by datacenters have led to restrictions on their construction.


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Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls

Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls

Northeastern University researchers have developed a way to access video feeds from home security, dashboard, and smartphone cameras through walls.


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3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection

3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection

Using AI algorithms, researchers developed a 3D-printable foam that eventually could be used in bike helmets, shipping crates, and football pads.


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Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities

Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities

A new algorithm can be used to design synthetic DNA segments that provide real-time information about the identity and state of cells.


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ISS Gets SSD Upgrade

ISS Gets SSD Upgrade

Hewlett Packard's HPE Edgeline EL4000 and the HPE DL360 Gen10 server on the International Space Station have been upgraded with Kioxia's M.2 and SAS SSDs.


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How to Find a Needle in a Haystack

How to Find a Needle in a Haystack

AI pattern recognition algorithms speed up the search.


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Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time

Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time

Seventy years after the invention of a data structure called a hash table, theoreticians have found the most efficient possible configuration for it.


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Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention

Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention

Law enforcement is paying closer attention to reports of attacks, harassment, and sexual assault in virtual environments.


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Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab

Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab

The future of warfare is being piloted in Ukraine, which has been turned into a sort of lab by technology companies.

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