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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports
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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports

The U.S. has proposed spending more than $20 billion to bolster domestic port security, including increasing domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes with advanced...

Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies
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Scientists Putting LLM Brains Inside Robot Bodies

Robotics researchers are using large language models (LLMs) to skirt preprogramming limits.

Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm
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Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm

Open Bionics in Bristol, U.K., recently outfitted two children with bionic arms featuring Spider-Man covers.

'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation
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'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation

More than 400 AI experts and executives from various industries signed an open letter calling for increased regulation of deepfakes.

When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You
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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.

Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets
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Mind-Reading Devices Are Revealing the Brain's Secrets

Brain-computer interfaces are helping researchers learn more about brain anatomy.

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts
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iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.

Defending the Business
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Defending the Business

The potential for a cyber incident is a top risk to business globally.

The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0
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The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed off the latest iteration of their RoboGuide, an AI-powered quadruped robot designed to assist visually...

Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality
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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 found generally positive effects.

Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play
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Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play

The Brain Computer Interface program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital develops technology to allow disabled children to use their minds to move...

Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023
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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

The Association for Advancing Automation reported a 30% decline in robot orders by companies in North America last year.

Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation
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Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation

Researchers found that emojis mean different things to different people, depending on the viewer's age, gender, and nationality.

NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse
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NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse

The NASA-funded Eclipse Soundscapes Project is calling on citizen scientists to "listen" to the sounds of animals, birds, and insects during the April 8 total solar...

The Text File that Runs the Internet
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The Text File that Runs the Internet

For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of Web crawlers. But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data, the basic social contract of the Web...

Open Source Security Chip Released
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Open Source Security Chip Released

A commercial silicon chip that includes open source, built-in hardware security has been announced by the OpenTitan coalition.

Your Body Is Your Next Security Key
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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Biometric scanning and AI advances could replace the need for badges to enter buildings and regular password resets to access websites.

Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions
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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.

Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer
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Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer

University of Chicago researchers created a quantum communication testbed with remote superconducting nodes, laying the foundation for more secure communication...

The Campaign Against Deepfakes
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The Campaign Against Deepfakes

Digital deceit is on the rise and needs to be addressed.
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