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Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices
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Zillow Quits Home-Flipping Business, Cites Inability to Forecast Prices

Zillow used an algorithm to make home price estimates, called the "Zestimate," and determine what it would pay home sellers.

Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers
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Saks E-Commerce Business Pairs Robots with Workers

Department store chain Saks Fifth Avenue is now shipping online orders from a Middletown, PA, warehouse that uses autonomous robots to help workers locate items...

Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media
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Australia Considers New Privacy Rules to Protect Children on Social Media

The Australian government is considering legislation that would enable the creation of an online code to prohibit social media from directing children to harmful...

3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows
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3D-Printed Houses Sprouting Near Austin as Demand for Homes Grows

Two companies plan to start building the largest three-dimensionally (3D)-printed home community in the U.S. next year.

How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains
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How to Move More Goods Through America's Clogged Infrastructure? Robot Trains

Autonomous trains increasingly are seen as a solution to U.S. truck driver shortages, as well as a way for companies to reduce carbon emissions.

World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head
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World's Fair Offers New View of 3D-Printed Michelangelo's 'David': Just His Head

The world's fair in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, showcases a three-dimensionally printed replica of Michelangelo's statue, "David," in the Italian pavilion.

FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer
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FDA Authorizes AI Software Designed to Help Spot Prostate Cancer

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration last week authorized the use of the first artificial intelligence tool designed to help diagnose prostate cancer.

Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages
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Robots Take Over Italy's Vineyards as Wineries Struggle with COVID-19 Worker Shortages

Vintners are turning to automation amid pandemic-driven labor shortages.

SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long
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SEC's Gensler Doesn't See Cryptos Lasting Long

Regulator says history of 'wildcat banking' in U.S. shows limited viability for private forms of money.

Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening
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Coughs Say Much About Your Health, If Your Smartphone Is Listening

Many researchers are trying to train artificial intelligence to enable smartphones to analyze patterns in a person’s coughs.

The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines
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The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines

Advances in technology will soon allow us to build machines that replicate themselves and evolve like living beings.

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List
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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical...

Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data
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Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data

Companies are building synthetic datasets when real-world data is unavailable to train artificial intelligence models to identify anomalies.

Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023
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Google Delays Cookie Removal to Late 2023

Plan to remove web-tracking technology from Chrome has faced pressure from competition regulators, privacy zealots, and the digital media industry.

Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs
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Geico to Use AI to Speed Up Car Repairs

Auto insurer Geico has partnered with Tractable Ltd. to use artificial intelligence (AI) to obtain accurate damage estimates more quickly in an effort to speed...

Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action
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Drones Flying Near Airports, Infrastructure Prompt U.S. Action

With consumer drone use surging in U.S. airspace above critical sites like airports, federal agencies are acting to address potential safety and security issues...

How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy
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How AI Can Make Weather Forecasting Less Cloudy

Scientists are applying artificial intelligence to weather and climate forecasting to boost accuracy and efficiency.

New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles
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New Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps, Tech Mean More Hearing-Loss Options--but Also New Struggles

The variety of low-cost products for people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss is expected to increase due to a new law.

VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities
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VR Brings Joy to People in Assisted-Living Facilities

Long-term care communities increasingly are using virtual reality devices and systems to improve residents' wellness and quality of life amid pandemic-related restrictions...

Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity
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Coming 'Vaccine Passports' Aim for Simplicity

Developers of the first digital "vaccine passports" for post-pandemic travel said the applications are designed for ease of use.
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