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A New Way to Look at Data Privacy
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A New Way to Look at Data Privacy

A new metric allows a small amount of noise to be added to models to protect sensitive data while maintaining the model's accuracy.

AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong
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AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, completed successful trials of a robot that treats brain tumors.

Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain
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Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain

Russia has built a network of technology contractors to supply it with surveillance equipment in order to spy on and quash internal dissent.

Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do
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Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers trained an artificial neural network to function like the brain's inferior temporal cortex to improve computer...

Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales are Acting Weirdly
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Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales are Acting Weirdly

Researchers applied statistical techniques to differentiate natural from affected behavior among whales.

How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out
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How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out

Indoor air-quality sensors installed in commercial buildings during the pandemic are now proving useful in areas affected by wildfire smoke.

U.S. Military Takes Generative AI Out for a Spin
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U.S. Military Takes Generative AI Out for a Spin

The U.S. Department of Defense is testing five large language models as part of an effort to develop data integration and digital platforms for military use.

Dashcam Images Reveal Where Police Are Deployed
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Dashcam Images Reveal Where Police Are Deployed

Scientists found indications of how police in New York City may deploy in neighborhoods via a deep learning model and a dataset of dashcam images from rideshare...

Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead
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Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead

With the sector in the doldrums and facing tough new SEC scrutiny, some of Wall Street's heaviest hitters are moving to enfold it.

Fiber Optic Smart Pants Offer Low-Cost Way to Monitor Movements
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Fiber Optic Smart Pants Offer Low-Cost Way to Monitor Movements

Researchers have developed polymer optical fiber smart pants that can track the wearer's movements and alert clinicians and caregivers if signs of distress are...

Testing Real Driverless Cars in a Virtual Environment
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Testing Real Driverless Cars in a Virtual Environment

Vehicle-in-Virtual-Environment software developed by The Ohio State University researchers allows the testing of driverless vehicles in completely safe virtual...

AI Battles the Bane of Space Junk
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AI Battles the Bane of Space Junk

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to track space debris, predict collisions, and devise methods for the debris’ removal and reuse.

Computer Model Explains Cats' Sense of Smell
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Computer Model Explains Cats' Sense of Smell

A computational model of a house cat's nose aims to explain the complexity of a cat's sense of smell.

Meta Loses as Top EU Court backs Antitrust Regulators over Privacy Breach Checks
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Meta Loses as Top EU Court backs Antitrust Regulators over Privacy Breach Checks

Meta harvests user data for behavioral advertising, a business model common to Big Tech.

Care Homes in Japan Use Big Data to Boost Caregivers, Lighten Workloads
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Care Homes in Japan Use Big Data to Boost Caregivers, Lighten Workloads

Japan-based nursing home operator and insurer Sompo Holdings is using technology to alleviate a caregiver shortage in that nation.

Tour de France Adds ChatGPT, Digital Twin Tech
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Tour de France Adds ChatGPT, Digital Twin Tech

Japan-based information technology and services company NTT said this year's Tour de France will incorporate ChatGPT and "the world's largest connected stadium."...

Computer Model Predicts Crop Yields
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Computer Model Predicts Crop Yields

Scientists built a computer model that predicts cotton, corn, sorghum, and soybean yields in the southeastern U.S.

Turning Old Maps into 3D Digital Models of Lost Neighborhoods
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Turning Old Maps into 3D Digital Models of Lost Neighborhoods

Researchers have converted old Sanborn Fire Insurance maps into three-dimensional digital models of historic neighborhoods with a new machine learning technique...

Paper-Like, Battery-Free, AI-Enabled Sensor for Holistic Wound Monitoring
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Paper-Like, Battery-Free, AI-Enabled Sensor for Holistic Wound Monitoring

A battery-free holistic wound monitoring sensor patch uses artificial intelligence to identify the wearer's wounding healing status within 15 minutes.

Algorithm Finds Sperm In Infertile Men Faster and More Accurately Than Doctors
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Algorithm Finds Sperm In Infertile Men Faster and More Accurately Than Doctors

The tool instantly identifies sperm, then leaves the embryologist to decide whether sperm is really present and if it is viable enough for Intracytoplasmic Sperm...
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