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Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems
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Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems

Tesla is recalling nearly all the vehicles it has sold in China to update their computer software.

AI Deepnets Throw Light on Ancient History
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AI Deepnets Throw Light on Ancient History

Artificial Intelligence helps us read the previously unreadable.

Dark Corners of the Web Offer a Glimpse at A.I.'s Nefarious Future
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Dark Corners of the Web Offer a Glimpse at A.I.'s Nefarious Future

In the hands of anonymous Internet users, A.I. tools can create waves of harassing and racist material. It's already happening on the anonymous message board 4chan...

Eye-Tracking Window Tech Tells Sightseers What They're Seeing
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Eye-Tracking Window Tech Tells Sightseers What They're Seeing

The AR Interactive Vehicle Display combines a transparent microLED panel with eye-tracking and GPS data to inform tour passengers of the sights they are seeing....

Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety
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Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety

Researchers at Google DeepMind created a "Robot Constitution" to ensure the safety of their newest robotic system.

Data Stuffed into Diamond Cavities
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Data Stuffed into Diamond Cavities

Researchers at the City College of New York developed a technique that allows diamonds to be used for optical storage under cryogenic conditions.

Microsoft Adding New PC Keyboard Button
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Microsoft Adding New PC Keyboard Button

Microsoft is adding an AI button to its Windows keyboards, the company's first significant keyboard change in nearly three decades.

Computer Science Pioneer Niklaus Wirth Passes Away
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Computer Science Pioneer Niklaus Wirth Passes Away

ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Niklaus Emil Wirth passed away Jan. 1 at age 89.

This Memristor Works Best When Stressed
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This Memristor Works Best When Stressed

University of Rochester researchers have developed a technique for stressing a 2D memristor to produce the fastest switching speed and lowest operating energy. ...

App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams
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App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams

A new app is intended to prevent elder fraud by helping older adults identify online scams.

Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws
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Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws

Widely-used Java applications were found to have major security vulnerabilities.

Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots
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Brain Stimulation Could Help Doctors Learn to Use Surgery Robots

Johns Hopkins University researchers found stimulating people's brains with gentle electric currents could boost their ability to learn in virtual environments....

A New Olympics Event: Algorithmic Video Surveillance
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A New Olympics Event: Algorithmic Video Surveillance

The upcoming Paris Summer Olympic Games will serve as a testbed for AI-powered video surveillance, and people's tolerance of its use.

Silicon Valley Eyes Reboot of Google Glass-Style Headsets
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Silicon Valley Eyes Reboot of Google Glass-Style Headsets

Silicon Valley’s search for successor to the smartphone has revived the concept of smart glasses that Google failed to popularize about a decade ago.

Chatbots Trained to 'Jailbreak' Rivals
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Chatbots Trained to 'Jailbreak' Rivals

Researchers at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have "jailbroke" popular large language model (LLM) chatbots.

Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip
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Researchers Combine Photonic Filter and Modulator on a Single Chip

Researchers at Australia's University of Sydney combined a photonic filter and modulator on a chip to enable the precise detection of signals across a wide band...

NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research
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NASA Flies Drones Autonomously for Air Taxi Research

In work related to advancing self-flying capabilities for air taxis, researchers at NASA’s Langley Research Center recently flew multiple drones beyond visual line...

Researchers Mold Model for More Nimble Networks
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Researchers Mold Model for More Nimble Networks

A programmable network model developed by scholars from Cornell University and the Open University of the Netherlands offers the ability to customize packet scheduling...

Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving
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Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving

Mercedes-Benz has received approval to add external turquoise blue lights to its vehicles that indicate when they are in self-driving mode.

U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children
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U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has proposed major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.
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