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February 2023


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Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go

Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go

A new portable ultrasound device uses custom algorithms to measure how much blood is being pumped by the heart.


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Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

French luxury brand Hermès is suing digital artist Mason Rothchild in a New York court to prevent him from selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) of its Birkin handbags.


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Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma

Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma

A smart contact lens can monitor intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients and deliver medications in response to IOP levels.


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AI Bot ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments

AI Bot ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments

Large language models supply grammatically correct answers but struggle with calculations.


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Cash-strapped Twitter to Start Charging Developers for API Access

Cash-strapped Twitter to Start Charging Developers for API Access

Twitter cutting off free access to its API will block research, kill fun bots.


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DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO

DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO

Microsoft and friends happy to assuage Uncle Sam's anxiety — for a price.


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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Bad actors use artificial intelligence to propagate falsehoods and upset elections, but the same tools can be repurposed to defend the truth.


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Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?

Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?

Sinanoglu's backers include the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense, which is supporting his research through its Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.


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AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch

AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch

A multi-institutional team of California researchers engineered an artificial intelligence to design bacteria-destroying proteins that actually worked.


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Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population

Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population

Ecologists are using aerial drones to monitor fallow deer populations in the U.K.'s Ashdown Forest.


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Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology that measures the presence of alcohol in digital images could help recovering alcoholics evaluate their exposure to alcohol marketing on social media.


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ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push

ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push

Researchers used survey data from 3,000 residents of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver to determine which are likely to alter their behaviors to conserve water in the Colorado River basin.


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AI Goes to K Street: ChatGPT Turns Lobbyist

AI Goes to K Street: ChatGPT Turns Lobbyist

Automated influence campaigns could spell trouble for society.


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FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent

FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent

Under a proposed FTC order, GoodRx would be barred from sharing user health data for advertising purposes.


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Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports

Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports

"The court's ruling in the Meta/Within case is consistent with decades of legal precedent," said Matt Schruers, president of the Computer and Communications Industry association trade group.


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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.


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Whispers of A.I.'s Modular Future

Whispers of A.I.'s Modular Future

ChatGPT is in the spotlight, but it's Whisper — OpenAI's open-source speech-transcription program — that shows us where machine learning is going.


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IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

 IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

He codesigned the Internet protocol and transmission control protocol.


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Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics

Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics

The Footsim digital sole model created by U.K., Canadian, and Swiss researchers can map the signals continuously streaming from the foot to the brain as a tool for refining neuroprosthetics.


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Analog Computer May Crack Greatest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics

Analog Computer May Crack Greatest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics

Researchers at Stanford University and Ireland's University College Dublin built analog quantum simulators that could solve the most significant puzzles in physics.


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A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid

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.


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National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Releases Final Report

National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Releases Final Report

Following its launch in June 2021, the Task Force embarked on a rigorous, open process that culminated in this final report.


From Communications of the ACM

Post-Quantum Cryptography

Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.


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Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.


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Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity?