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Amazon Adapts Cashierless Tech for Clothing Stores
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Amazon Adapts Cashierless Tech for Clothing Stores

A new version of retail giant Amazon's Just Walk Out cashierless shopping technology for clothing vendors keeps track of apparel via radio-frequency identification...

Driverless Car Company Using Chatbots to Make Its Vehicles Smarter
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Driverless Car Company Using Chatbots to Make Its Vehicles Smarter

U.K.-based driverless car company Wayve has tapped chatbot technology to question its vehicles about their driving decisions.

How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious
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How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious

In a new report, scientists offer a list of measurable qualities that might indicate the presence of some presence in a machine.

Israel Builds Airspace Network of Drones
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Israel Builds Airspace Network of Drones

Autonomous air taxis were demonstrated in Jerusalem, Israel, last week, taking off from Hadassah Ein Kerem Hospital and flying over the city before landing back...

Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot
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Japan's SLIM Moon Lander Is Carrying a Transforming Ball Robot

Last week, the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency launched the Smart Lander for Investigation Moon probe with a small, spherical lunar explorer aboard.

Private Equity Recruits Data-Science Talent as Industry Tackles Machine Learning
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Private Equity Recruits Data-Science Talent as Industry Tackles Machine Learning

Private equity firms integrating machine learning and data analytics into their investment processes increasingly are turning to data-science experts to interpret...

The U.S. Challenges Google's Search Dominance
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The U.S. Challenges Google's Search Dominance

Google's search dominance is going on trial in the biggest U.S. antitrust case since a crackdown on Big Tech that started in 2019.

A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft
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A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft

The prevailing lesson of the Microsoft case, antitrust lawyers say, is that scrutiny from Washington can slow down a company, even when there are no grievous penalties...

Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts
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Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts

Tough luck, freeloaders: you're on your own.

As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change
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As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change

Workers in Las Vegas are closely watching employers' adoption of artificial intelligence and other technologies rise as they strive to cut labor costs.

How To Talk To An AI
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How To Talk To An AI

An ordinary human's guide to getting extraordinary results from a chatbot like ChatGPT.

Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content
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Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content

In the AI era, publishers are more aggressively blocking crawlers because there's no upside, for now, in handing over their data to AI companies.

AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice
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AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice

The new HoloBoard system can be paired with Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality device to help non-speaking autistic individuals improve their motor skills...

Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential
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Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential

The U.K.'s National Quantum Computing Centre recently held its second quantum hackathon at the University of Birmingham,

More Developers Are Using the Rust Language
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More Developers Are Using the Rust Language

The 2022 State of Rust Survey published earlier this month found more developers using the programming language than ever before.

Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco
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Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco

Despite receiving recent approval to expand their robotaxi services in San Francisco, Waymo and Cruise continue to face backlash over traffic and safety concerns...

Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision
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Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision

Exploring ways to supplement conventional computer vision data with metadata collected from physics-based sensors and systems.

Microsoft Infuses AI With Human-Like Reasoning Via an 'Algorithm of Thoughts'
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Microsoft Infuses AI With Human-Like Reasoning Via an 'Algorithm of Thoughts'

A new technique combines the strengths of human cognition with algorithmic logic.

Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages
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Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages

South Koreans are anxious over a flood of cheap Chinese robot waiters amid labor shortages, population declines, and growing rivalry with Chinese technology firms...

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...
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