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An Industry Insider Drives an Open Alternative to Big Tech's A.I.
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An Industry Insider Drives an Open Alternative to Big Tech's A.I.

The nonprofit Allen Institute for AI, led by a respected computer scientist who sold his company to Apple, is trying to democratize cutting-edge research.

Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes
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Brain-Wave Cap Saves Lives by Identifying Strokes

The StrokePointer brain-wave cap designed by researchers in the Netherlands can diagnose large vessel occlusion (LVO) stroke while patients are in an ambulance....

Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability
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Robotic Prosthetic Ankles Improve 'Natural' Movement, Stability

Researchers demonstrated that nerve impulse-driven robotic prosthetic ankles enable more natural and stable movement by amputees.

Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy
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Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy

OpenAI now lets outsiders tweak what its chatbot does. A new paper says that can lead to trouble.

Amazon Testing Drone Delivery of Prescriptions
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Amazon Testing Drone Delivery of Prescriptions

Amazon is testing a drone delivery service for prescription drugs in College Station, TX, with plans to expand the service to other markets in the future.

Datacenters Could Work as Well with Less Cooling
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Datacenters Could Work as Well with Less Cooling

Researchers found running datacenters at higher temperatures could reduce their energy consumption significantly while maintaining computational performance.

Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says
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Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says

Venture with GM, Cruise aims to eventually have 500 robotaxis.

AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic
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AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic

Researchers increasingly are using artificial intelligence to help prepare for future pandemics.

AI Approach Yields 'Athletically Intelligent' Robotic Dog
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AI Approach Yields 'Athletically Intelligent' Robotic Dog

An international team of researchers developed a vision-based algorithm enabling off-the-shelf quadruped robots to move from obstacle to obstacle autonomously and...

China Has a New Plan for Judging the Safety of Generative AI—and it's Packed with Details
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China Has a New Plan for Judging the Safety of Generative AI—and it's Packed with Details

A new proposal spells out the very specific ways companies should evaluate AI security and enforce censorship in AI models.

The SEC's Cybersecurity Rules
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The SEC's Cybersecurity Rules

Public companies now must report material cybersecurity incidents within four business days.

Scientists Use Drones to Land Sensors on Threatened Glaciers
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Scientists Use Drones to Land Sensors on Threatened Glaciers

Scientists at the U.K.'s University of Southampton built a climate change-monitoring sensor that can be airlifted by drone onto glaciers to measure the effects...

Microsoft Repositions 7TB 'Project Silica' Glass Media as Cloud Storage Solution
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Microsoft Repositions 7TB 'Project Silica' Glass Media as Cloud Storage Solution

Microsoft said its Project Silica glass media storage technology can retain roughly 1.75 million songs or about 3,500 movies on a palm-sized glass sheet for 10,000...

Bionic Hand Integrates with Woman's Nerves, Bones, Muscles
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Bionic Hand Integrates with Woman's Nerves, Bones, Muscles

An international research team reported that a robotic hand attached to a Swedish woman in 2017 has fully integrated with her nerves, bones, and muscles since the...

Should Schools Rely on Government for Cyber Protection?
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Should Schools Rely on Government for Cyber Protection?

Can the federal government protect K-12 schools and their students from cyberattacks?

A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table
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A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table

A new study describes a method for faster and more precise diagnoses, which can help surgeons decide how aggressively to operate.

Starlink Carbon Footprint Up to 30 Times Size of Land-Based Internet
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Starlink Carbon Footprint Up to 30 Times Size of Land-Based Internet

Researchers calculated a significant carbon footprint for some Internet service-providing satellite constellations.

Insect Cyborgs: Towards Precision Movement
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Insect Cyborgs: Towards Precision Movement

Researchers explored how electrical stimulation in stick insects' leg muscles relate to the resulting torque for enabling precise motor control of hybrid insect...

Quantum Repeaters Use Defects in Diamond to Interconnect Quantum Systems
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Quantum Repeaters Use Defects in Diamond to Interconnect Quantum Systems

Scientists are now leveraging defects in diamonds to construct quantum repeaters.

Google's Green Light Project Retimes Traffic Lights for 30% Fewer Stops
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Google's Green Light Project Retimes Traffic Lights for 30% Fewer Stops

Google's Project Green Light has partnered with 12 cities worldwide to provide artificial intelligence-based traffic signal timing recommendations.
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