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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices
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Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were part of a team that built a new system to simplify the process of designing fluidic devices.

This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code
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This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code

Adobe gave permission to the Computer History Museum to release the source code for an early version of its PostScript programming language, first released in 1984...

Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow
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Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow

But achieving full-body restoration of movement, as Elon Musk envisions with such devices, is considered far into the future, if at all.

Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI
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Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI

Researchers manipulated silver atoms into a lattice configuration via deep reinforcement learning, a critical advance for nanodevice construction.

Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer
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Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer

Scientists have engineered a scaled-up probabilistic computer (p-computer) with stochastic spintronic devices.

The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT
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The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT

A new chatbot from OpenAI is inspiring awe, fear, stunts and attempts to circumvent its guardrails.

Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.
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Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.

Facebook announced a forthcoming test of age verification technologies on its Facebook Dating service in the U.S.

Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring
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Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers used sound waves to power a wireless camera underwater, which could help to map the impact of climate change. ...

Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic
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Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic

Big Brother, small sum.

Squeegee: A Contamination Detection Tool for Low Microbial Biomass Microbiomes
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Squeegee: A Contamination Detection Tool for Low Microbial Biomass Microbiomes

The Squeegee contamination detection algorithm can instill reproducibility in microbial identification and analysis.

Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.

Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers
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Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers

A Fermilab scientist developed a way to use qubits to detect single photons produced by dark matter in the presence of a strong magnetic field.

Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026
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Apple Scales Back Self-Driving Car and Delays Debut Until 2026

Fully autonomous system is no longer planned for initial debut; company aims to sell consumer model by 2026 for under $100,000.

Following U.S. Sanctions, China Decides Its Future Lies With RISC Chips
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Following U.S. Sanctions, China Decides Its Future Lies With RISC Chips

With access to x86 and ARM chips becoming increasingly difficult, Chinese companies turn their focus on to the open-source RISC-V architecture.

Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves
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Sony's Metaverse Bet: A Wearable to Record Your Moves

Sony Group Corp. has announced a system of wearable motion trackers that may be worn on a user's wrists, ankles, head, and hips to animate avatars inside metaverse...

Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart
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Contactless ECG Continuously Monitors the Heart

Researchers in China have invented a contactless electrocardiogram system that infers electrical signals through artificial intelligence and millimeter-wave radar...

Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'
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Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'

Scientists used a quantum computer to explore the ultimate escape route from a black hole.

'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them
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'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them

A new report suggests where 20 newly created research centers could best revitalize struggling economies and accelerate new technologies

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 
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Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 

Uber checks that a driver's face matches what the company has on file through a program called "Real-Time ID Check."
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