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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future
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Meet ISAAC, Integrating Robots with Space Stations of the Future

Software designed to enable autonomous operations of a spacecraft's operating and robotic systems

Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries
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Stanford Researchers Use AI to Unlock Extreme Weather Mysteries

New machine-learning approach helps scientists understand increased frequency of extreme precipitation days in the Midwest

Wildfire Simulation Heats Up
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Wildfire Simulation Heats Up

Computer simulations can predict the spread of wildfires through sections of a real forest

Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering
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Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering

Mathematicians are implementing algorithms designed to halt gerrymandering—the partisan manipulation of U.S. Census data to redraw electoral maps for one political...

Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap
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Medicare AI Will Infer Race to Close Health Equity Gap

The U.S. Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services plans to use artificial intelligence algorithms to determine a patient's race as a means of improving health...

Humans and Algorithms Struggle to Read Emotions When Faces Are Obscured
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Humans and Algorithms Struggle to Read Emotions When Faces Are Obscured

Study compares accuracy of humans versus artificial systems in deciphering emotions of people in face masks and sunglasses

Brain Connectivity Can Build Better AI
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Brain Connectivity Can Build Better AI

Artificial neural networks modeled on real brains can perform cognitive tasks

Neural Network Model Unravels People with Autism's Difficulty with Facial Expressions
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Neural Network Model Unravels People with Autism's Difficulty with Facial Expressions

Researchers at Japan's Tohoku University developed an neural network model that can help explain the difficulty people with autism spectrum disorder have in interpreting...

System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds
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System Trains Drones to Fly Around Obstacles at High Speeds

New algorithm could enable fast, nimble drones for time-critical operations such as search and rescue

U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls
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U.S. Prisons Mull AI to Analyze Inmate Phone Calls

The U.S. House Appropriations Committee has asked for a report on using artificial intelligence to analyze prison inmates' phone calls to help prevent violent crime...

Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say
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Gaming Companies Should Avoid Predatory Designs, Lawmakers Say

Democrats press executives to extend new U.K. 'Age Appropriate Design Code' regulations to children in the U.S.

Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases
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Twitter's Photo-Cropping Algorithm Confirms Inherent Biases

Results from the company's AI bias competition reveals a preference for young, beautiful, and light-skinned faces

3D Concrete-Printing Robots Cut Rail Construction Carbon Emissions by 50%
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3D Concrete-Printing Robots Cut Rail Construction Carbon Emissions by 50%

Remotely controlled robots 3D-print structures onsite and in tight spaces

Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography
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Novel ASIC Implements Post-Quantum Cryptography

Chip efficiently implements post-quantum cryptography to better protect against future hacker attacks using quantum computers

Detroit Lets Automakers Test Smart Parking Technology in Real Garage
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Detroit Lets Automakers Test Smart Parking Technology in Real Garage

The city of Detroit has partnered with Ford and Bosch to establish a Smart Parking Lab in the city's Bedrock Assembly Garage to test autonomous technologies in...

Young People Get Their Tech Career Info From TV, Not School
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Young People Get Their Tech Career Info From TV, Not School

An Accenture survey found that movies, TV, and social media are more likely than schools or teachers to be the main source of information about careers in technology...

Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test
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Predicting the Risk of Schizophrenia Using Machine-Learning and a Blood Test

Innovative strategy analyzes specific regions of CoRSIVs genome to offer possibility of early diagnosis

Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project
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Facebook Disables Accounts Tied to NYU Research Project

Facebook  disabled the personal accounts of New York University scientists studying political ads on the social network, alleging their extraction of data violates...

Information Transfer Protocol Reaches Quantum Speed Limit
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Information Transfer Protocol Reaches Quantum Speed Limit

Joint Quantum Institute scientists have developed a quantum information transfer protocol that reaches theoretical speed limits for some quantum operations.

Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers
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Security Flaws Found in Popular EV Chargers

Analysts have identified flaws in the application programming interfaces of six home electric vehicle (EV) charging brands, as well as the Chargepoint public EV...
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