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Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales
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Semiconductor Shortage Hammering Automakers, Costing Billions in Lost Production and Sales

Semiconductor shortage hammering automakers, costing billions in lost production and sales.

 Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites
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Controversial Tool Calls Out Thousands of Hackable Websites

PunkSpider is back, and crawling hundreds of millions of sites for vulnerabilities.

Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack
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Why Self-Driving Cars Could be Going the Way of the Jetpack

Some observers say the dream of fully autonomous vehicles is a mirage: creating robot vehicles able to tackle any kind of road or traffic situation is just too...

University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions
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University of Minnesota Develops Tool to Help Farmers Make Crop Input Decisions

Farmers can formulate a budget balance sheet for nitrogen reduction plans and view customized economic and environmental impacts and benefits of the fields they...

Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data
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Skoltech Method Helps Train Computer Vision Algorithms on Limited Data

Researchers have developed a technique to help computer vision algorithms more accurately process satellite imagery of the Earth, even when trained on limited data...

Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer
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Emergent Magnetic Monopoles Isolated Using Quantum-Annealing Computer

Scientists at Los Alamos National Laboratory used a D-Wave quantum-annealing computer to test the behavior of isolated emergent magnetic monopoles.

Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million
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Duke Energy Used Computer Vision, Robots to Cut Costs by $74 Million

Bonnie Titone at Duke Energy said the U.S. utility has slashed its labor costs by more than $74 million via artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions...

Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired
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Wearable Camera Reduces Collision Risk for Blind, Visually Impaired

A wearable computer vision device developed by Harvard Medical School scientists may help reduce collisions and other accidents for the blind and visually impaired...

Reducing Digital Overload
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Reducing Digital Overload

Considering ways to curb screen time and build healthier habits.

High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles
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High-Speed Projectors Power Virtual Air Hockey With Shape-Changing Paddles

Scientists at Japan's Tohoku University have invented a virtual version of air hockey that uses shapeshifting virtual projections of paddles and pucks.

Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K
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Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K

An untethered bipedal robot engineered by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers and built by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics completed a five-kilometer...

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology
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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot...

Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data
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Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data

Companies are building synthetic datasets when real-world data is unavailable to train artificial intelligence models to identify anomalies.

The Great Quantum Computing Race
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The Great Quantum Computing Race

Companies and countries are pouring tens of billions of dollars into different qubit technologies, but it's still too early to predict a winner.

How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave
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How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave

As surfing completes its first-ever Olympic ride, the sport is poised for another sea change thanks to artificial intelligence and big data.

Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development
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Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

For example, earlier this year, enterprise security firm Proofpoint discovered new malware written in Nim and Rust.

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies
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UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University helps four-legged robots...

Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air
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Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Researchers in the U.K. have developed free open source software that towns and cities can use to estimate reductions in air pollutant concentrations from different...

Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing
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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

This work also represents a significant advancement to our understanding and control of Andreev levels.
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