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Shining a Light on the Dark Web
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Shining a Light on the Dark Web

How the Dark Web continues to operate, and why law enforcement will not shut it down anytime soon.

Distilling What We Know
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Distilling What We Know

Researchers look to cut large GPT models down to size.

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...

Octopus' Complex Cells Are Key to Their High Intelligence
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Octopus' Complex Cells Are Key to Their High Intelligence

Researchers explored the octopus's neural makeup that defines its learning processes using automated tissue preparation and new machine learning reconstruction...

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.

UC San Diego Computer Scientists Tackle Annual Waste of 1.5 Billion Junked Smartphones
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UC San Diego Computer Scientists Tackle Annual Waste of 1.5 Billion Junked Smartphones

University of California, San Diego computer scientists have proposed a method for repurposing deactivated smartphones.

An AI Scans Eyes to Spot Parkinson's Years Before Diagnosis
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An AI Scans Eyes to Spot Parkinson's Years Before Diagnosis

Turns out the windows to the soul can teach us a lot about our own health.

Scientists Recreate Pink Floyd Song by Reading Brain Signals of Listeners
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Scientists Recreate Pink Floyd Song by Reading Brain Signals of Listeners

The audio sounds like it's being played underwater. Still, it's a first step toward creating more expressive devices to assist people who can't speak.

Lifelong Learning at the Edge
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Lifelong Learning at the Edge

Learning how not to forget is a crucial skill.

This Startup Engineered a Clever Way to Reuse Waste Heat from Cloud Computing
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This Startup Engineered a Clever Way to Reuse Waste Heat from Cloud Computing

Heata is now using these busy servers to heat water for homes.

Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash
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Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash

A driverless Cruise taxi with a passenger collided with a fire truck Thursday night, just one week after state officials allowed the service to expand.

The AI Power Paradox
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The AI Power Paradox

Can states learn to govern Artificial Intelligence—before it's too late?

The Desperate Hunt for the A.I. Boom's Most Indispensable Prize
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The Desperate Hunt for the A.I. Boom's Most Indispensable Prize

To power artificial intelligence products, start-ups and investors are taking extraordinary measures to obtain critical chips known as graphics processing units...

ChatGPT Leans Liberal
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ChatGPT Leans Liberal

Research by scientists at the U.K.'s University of East Anglia suggests OpenAI's ChatGPT has a liberal slant.

Humanoid Robot Can Pilot an Airplane Better Than a Human
From ACM TechNews

Humanoid Robot Can Pilot an Airplane Better Than a Human

Engineers and researchers are developing a humanoid robot that can fly airplanes without requiring cockpit modifications.

Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice
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Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice

Google is testing generative artificial intelligence technology programmed to serve as a life coach.

Complexity Theory's 50-Year Journey to the Limits of Knowledge
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Complexity Theory's 50-Year Journey to the Limits of Knowledge

How hard is it to prove that problems are hard to solve? Meta-complexity theorists have been asking questions like this for decades. A string of recent results...

Superconducting Device Could Dramatically Cut Energy Use in Computing, Other Applications
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Superconducting Device Could Dramatically Cut Energy Use in Computing, Other Applications

A simple superconducting device developed by MIT researchers could help achieve significant reductions in energy usage by high-power computing systems and potentially...

Rice and IIT Kanpur Announce Collaborative Research Award Winners
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Rice and IIT Kanpur Announce Collaborative Research Award Winners

Rice University and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have announced the first recipients of the Rice-IITK Strategic Collaboration Awards program, which...

LLM Tool Finds and Remediates Software Vulnerabilities
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LLM Tool Finds and Remediates Software Vulnerabilities

Software company Vicarius unveiled vuln_GPT, a generative artificial intelligence tool that automatically identifies and repairs software vulnerabilities, at the...
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