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Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'
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Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'

Adidas is merging three-dimensional printing and robotic automation to produce mass-market footwear through its Futurecraft.Strung project.

Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid
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Smart Bandage Could Hasten Healing, Might Even Detect Covid

A new smart bandage could reduce the number of in-person doctor's visits required for patients with open wounds.

Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing
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Waiting for Quantum Computing? Try Probabilistic Computing

An engineer channels Galileo to describe a new approach to computing: p-bits.

To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong
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To Learn to Deal With Uncertainty, This AI Plays Pong

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers have developed a new algorithm that enables artificial intelligence models to account for uncertain data.

With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First
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With Drones and Other Autonomous Vehicles, Safety Must Come First

Engineers developing drones or similar robotic helpers need to focus on mitigating the dangers.

Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms
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Cybersecurity Report: 'Smart Farms' Are Hackable Farms

Researchers at China's Nanjing Agricultural University discovered unique cybersecurity issues stemming from agricultural Internet of Things applications.

Mining Traffic Data for Insights About the Pandemic
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Mining Traffic Data for Insights About the Pandemic

TomTom's 2020 analysis of the world's traffic shows how the coronavirus spread across the globe.

Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones
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Search-and-Rescue Drone Locates Victims by Homing in on Their Phones

The Search-And-Rescue DrOne platform integrates aerial drones, artificial intelligence, and smartphones to find survivors of disasters using signals from their...

AI Agents Learned Object Permanence by Playing Hide and Seek
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AI Agents Learned Object Permanence by Playing Hide and Seek

Researchers at the Allen Institute for AI demonstrated that artificial intelligence agents learned the concept of object permanence — that objects hidden from view...

New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI
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New Type of DRAM Could Accelerate AI

Teams of researchers in the U.S. and Belgian have proposed a new kind of capacitorless dynamic random-access memory that could benefit AI applications.

AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19
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AI Predicts Asymptomatic Carriers of Covid-19

Researchers have developed a machine learning algorithm that can identify which people in a crowd most likely are asymptomatic carriers of Covid-19.

It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems
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It's Too Easy to Hide Bias in Deep-Learning Systems

Artificial intelligence makes it hard to tell when decision-making is biased.

Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'
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Smart Algorithm Bursts Social Networks' 'Filter Bubbles'

Finnish and Danish researchers have developed an algorithm that boosts diversity of exposure on social networks, while still ensuring widely shared content.

Superintelligent AI May Be Impossible to Control; That's the Good News
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Superintelligent AI May Be Impossible to Control; That's the Good News

Postcard from the 23rd century: Not even possible to know if an AI is superintelligent, much less stop it.

Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient
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Superconducting Microprocessors? Turns Out They're Ultra-Efficient

Researchers at Japan's Yokohama National University report the creation of the first prototype superconducting microprocessor, which they said has no electrical...

DeepMind's AI Masters Games Without Even Being Taught the Rules
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DeepMind's AI Masters Games Without Even Being Taught the Rules

The MuZero artificial intelligence developed by Alphabet subsidiary DeepMind can master games without learning their rules beforehand.

App Aims to Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdose
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App Aims to Reduce Deaths From Opioid Overdose

A Philadelphia-based pilot study tested an application for volunteers, which alerts them to opioid overdoses requiring naloxone.

Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?
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Does AI in Healthcare Need More Emotion?

Emotion artificial intelligence applications in healthcare are rare, with many scientists skeptical of the technology's utility.

Thin Holographic Video Display for Mobile Phones
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Thin Holographic Video Display for Mobile Phones

At South Korea's Samsung Advanced Institute of Technology, researchers invented a method for creating a thin holographic video display for mobile phones.

Dart-Shooting Drone Attacks Trees for Science
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Dart-Shooting Drone Attacks Trees for Science

Researchers have come up with a method to increase the efficiency of setting up sensor networks by using a drone as a launching platform for laser-aimed, sensor...
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