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Nanophotonics Flattens Camera Lenses
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Nanophotonics Flattens Camera Lenses

Nanoscale meta-optics holds the promise of improved imaging while removing the bulges from smartphones.

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.

See-Through Sensors Hide Eye-Tracking in Plain Sight
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See-Through Sensors Hide Eye-Tracking in Plain Sight

Semi-transparent image sensors could be incorporated into eyeglasses or curved windshields in front of a user's eyes, with their readout electronics positioned...

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.

Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches
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Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches

Safety officials at New York's Jones Beach are using drones to monitor for potential human-shark interactions.

Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars
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Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars

Scientists created a real-time endoscopic neurosurgery guidance method similar to the navigational technologies used in autonomous cars.

Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See
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Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other researchers developed a technique that uses computer-generated data to help vision and language models better understand...

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...

AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship
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AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship

Argentine publicist Santiago Barros uses an app to produce images of what children taken from their parents during Argentina's military dictatorship might look...

A Softer Approach to Robotics
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A Softer Approach to Robotics

Soft robots are moving from the research lab to the real world.

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.

Dependence on Tech Caused 'Staggering' Education Inequality: U.N.
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Dependence on Tech Caused 'Staggering' Education Inequality: U.N.

A study by UNESCO found "staggering" global education inequity due to overreliance on remote learning technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space
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First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space

U.S. aerospace company Redwire said it has three-dimensionally-printed a human body part in space for the first time.

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.

Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72
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Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72

He spent decades working on artificial intelligence, striving to create computers that could replicate common sense.

AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes
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AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes

Computer scientists claim to have created the first algorithm for seamlessly concealing messages in realistic text, images, or audio.

British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars
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British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars

A study by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia found that a period of gradual transition will be necessary for road users to feel comfortable...
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