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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...

Twelve Nations Urge Social Media Giants to Tackle Illegal Data Scraping
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Twelve Nations Urge Social Media Giants to Tackle Illegal Data Scraping

A joint statement from a dozen countries called on social media platforms to address illegal data scraping, emphasizing that local laws require them to protect...

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...

AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It
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AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It

Determining what's real online is getting more difficult. But there are steps you can take to deal with it.

These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI
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These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI

However, these tools are neither perfect, nor enough on their own.

Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently
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Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Hefei Institutes of Physical Science has developed a variable selection algorithm for chemometrics applications....

Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order
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Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order

A new framework allows quadruped robots to perform tasks that get progressively more complex without having to relearn motions.

Opening the Black Box
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Opening the Black Box

Researchers hope to enable scientists and processor designers to understand the underlying reasoning of deep learning accelerator designs through explainable-design...

AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves
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AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves

Researchers found that off-the-shelf artificial intelligence (AI) models can detect the early signs of a tsunami in two-dimensional (2D) images from GPS satellites...

AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat
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AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat

Artificial intelligence (AI) operates the U.S. Air Force's pilotless XQ-58A Valkyrie experimental aircraft, which the military envisions as a next-generation robot...

Scientists Sequence Last Piece of the Human Genome: The Y Chromosome
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Scientists Sequence Last Piece of the Human Genome: The Y Chromosome

The Telomere-to-Telomere consortium has completed sequencing the human genome by adding the fully mapped Y chromosome.

A Stroke Stole Her Ability to Speak at 30. A.I. Is Helping to Restore It Years Later.
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A Stroke Stole Her Ability to Speak at 30. A.I. Is Helping to Restore It Years Later.

The brain activity of a paralyzed woman is being translated into words spoken by an avatar. This milestone could help others who have lost speech.

Teen's Pill-Tracking Device Attracts Interest from CVS Pharmacy
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Teen's Pill-Tracking Device Attracts Interest from CVS Pharmacy

U.S. pharmacy chain CVS is among those interested in a pill-tracking device created by Virginia-based high school student Archishma Marrapu.

Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping
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Making Your Phone Screen Blurry Could Stop Snooping

A new system can blur smartphone screens to prevent snooping.

Competing Agendas Roil Online Content Moderation Efforts
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Competing Agendas Roil Online Content Moderation Efforts

The EU and the U.S. diverge on how they handle online content moderation.

Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People
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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People

Scientists evaluated eight artificial intelligence-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research, and found they may have difficulty detecting children...

Research Hack Reveals Call Security Risk in Smartphones
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Research Hack Reveals Call Security Risk in Smartphones

A multi-institutional team of researchers developed malware to extract caller information by screening vibration data from ear speakers recorded by a smartphone's...

The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here
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The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here

Ships without crews. Self-directed drone swarms. How a U.S. Navy task force is using off-the-shelf robotics and artificial intelligence to prepare for the next...

Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors
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Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors

Scientists at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have formulated a "minimal manual guidance" model to train robots to learn how to open doors and dishwashers.
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