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Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing
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Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing

New technique could diminish errors that hamper the performance of super-fast analog optical neural networks.

AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray
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AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray

Weiss said additional research is necessary to validate the deep learning model, which could ultimately serve as a decision-support tool for treating physicians...

Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer
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Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer

Exploring the possibility that space-time somehow emerges from quantum information.

Websites Have Way More Trackers Now
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Websites Have Way More Trackers Now

Analysts at NordVPN found the average website has 48 trackers monitoring visitors' activity and recording their private data.

San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill
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San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to grant city police the option to deploy potentially lethal robots in emergency situations.

Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code
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Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code

A team of Cornell University researchers created the Notate interface to translate handwriting and sketches into computer code.

How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s
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How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s

Suffolk County officials had to return to the days of paper checks and faxes after an episode that exposed government weaknesses.

Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True
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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Researchers found Apple is collecting personally identifiable information from iPhones, despite the company’s promises that the devices' usage data is anonymous...

Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update
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Mars Helicopter Ingenuity Aces Flight After Software Update

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration's Mars helicopter Ingenuity has flown its shortest-ever flight following a software update.

ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae
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ML Tools Automatically Classify 1,000 Supernovae

A machine learning algorithm autonomously classified 1,000 supernovae using data from the Zwicky Transient Facility sky survey instrument at Caltech's Palomar Observatory...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are on U.S. highways, but there are still human "safety drivers" behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out?

Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built
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Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

A programmer is suing Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI over artificial intelligence technology that generates its own computer code.

Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'
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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

The 31-story JTC Summit smart office building in Singapore incorporates a network of approximately 60,000 sensors to collect data from various building systems....

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country
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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.

AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions
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AI Material Learns Behaviors, Adapts to Changing Conditions

University of California, Los Angeles engineers have developed a new class of material.

Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched
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Algae-Powered Soft Devices Glow in the Dark When Squished or Stretched

The devices can be recharged with light.

Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot
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Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot

Naver, a South Korean Internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable.

Quantum Computers and the Universe
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Quantum Computers and the Universe

Ideas for quantum computing change the way we think about space and time.

Swarm Robotics Moves Forward
From Communications of the ACM

Swarm Robotics Moves Forward

Drawing inspiration from nature to enable complex behaviors.
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