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Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It
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Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It

A Rutgers University food scientist and his research team three-dimensionally printed low-fat chocolate.

German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful
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German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful

A top German court has ruled that police use of automated data analysis to prevent crime in some German states violates their constitutions.

In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving
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In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving

University of California, Berkeley researchers found simple head and hand movements by participants in the Metaverse can expose their identities.

Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers
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Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers

Enterprise technology chiefs still have questions about the security and governance of the code-writing programs.

Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."

How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language
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How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language

For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.

North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders
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North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders

The Association for Advanced Automation reports slightly more than 44,100 robots were ordered by North American companies, mainly in the U.S., last year, up 11%...

Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation
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Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation

Executives of brain-computer interface developers warned of excessive government regulation.

Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails
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Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails

Big Tech is heralding chatbots as the next frontier. Why did Microsoft's start accosting its users?

3D-Printed Organs May Soon Be a Reality
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3D-Printed Organs May Soon Be a Reality

Progress is being made in the development of three-dimensionally-bioprinted organs, with Tal Dvir at Israel's Tel Aviv University anticipating transplantation-viable...

The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology
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The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology

Makeup artist Adrien Morot used digital sculpting and three-dimensional printing to transform actor Brendan Fraser into the 600-pound protagonist of the movie The...

Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls
From ACM TechNews

Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls

California-based HigherGround's Live911 software allows police to access 911 emergency calls in real time, reducing their response time.

Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'
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Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'

The recall notice applies to certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

'Spider-Man' Robot Can Climb Walls, Cling to Ceilings
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'Spider-Man' Robot Can Climb Walls, Cling to Ceilings

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology have developed a quadrupedal robot able to climb metal walls and walk across metal ceilings....

U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter
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U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter

The U.S. Air Force said the X-62A VISTA (Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft) autonomous jet fighter had 17 hours of flight testing.

Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.
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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.

Missy Cummings, who spent more than a year at the federal auto safety agency, said that drivers were putting too much trust in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and...

U.S. Border Patrol Finally Able to Check E-Passport Data
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U.S. Border Patrol Finally Able to Check E-Passport Data

After 16 years, the agency has implemented the software to cryptographically verify digital passport data—and it's already caught a dozen alleged fraudsters.

Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI
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Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI

After a backlash, Spotify paused an arrangement that allowed Apple to train machine learning models on some audiobook files.

Google Fiber's 5-gig Internet Service Starts Rolling Out in Three Cities
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Google Fiber's 5-gig Internet Service Starts Rolling Out in Three Cities

Google's Fiber home internet service now has a bidirectional 5 Gbps option in Kansas City, West Des Moines, and the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.

How Brain Chips Can Change You
From ACM News

How Brain Chips Can Change You

Studies show Elon Musk's new tech can bend your mind in strange and troubling ways.
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