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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...

Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative
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Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative

ChatGPT and similar AI systems are being used in realms beyond education, but classrooms seem to be where fears about the bot's misuse — and ideas to adapt alongside...

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.  

Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To
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Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To

A brainwave-monitoring technique created by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Essex can identify to which specific piece of music people are listening.

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail
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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...

CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say
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CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say

"They use AI to rewrite the intros every two weeks or so because Google likes updated content. Eventually it gets so mangled that about every four months a real...

The AI Magic Show
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The AI Magic Show

Explanations about how deep learning and large language models actually work often emphasized incomprehensibility, or a model's explainability or interpretability...

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor
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TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor

Scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University have created a biological sensor to help robots detect and interpret odors.

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
From Communications of the ACM

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

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

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
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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...

3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home
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3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home

A massive three-dimensional printer is being used to build what is thought to be the first 3D-printed two-story home in the U.S.

Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters
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Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) adopted the pendulum's underlying mathematics to develop a model that could improve robots' drinks...

Mining the Margins to Save Lives
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Mining the Margins to Save Lives

Using artificial intelligence to ensure fewer donated kidneys are discarded, and that food donations make it to those in need via what is fast becoming an Internet...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?
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AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?

Many companies and laboratories are tapping artificial intelligence to develop more sophisticated chatbots.

Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins
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Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins

University of Arkansas researchers have developed computer models for calculating a drug candidate's protein-binding affinity.

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach
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Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.

Sailor-Less Ships Head to Port on AI Wave
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Sailor-Less Ships Head to Port on AI Wave

Artificial intelligence-powered unmanned boat technology was among the technologies showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023).
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