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Amazon Cashless 'Pay by Palm' Technology Requires Only a Hand Wave
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Amazon Cashless 'Pay by Palm' Technology Requires Only a Hand Wave

Retail giant Amazon has announced a new contactless transaction service that allows shoppers to pay with their palms.

AI Giants Pledge to Allow External Probes of Their Algorithms, Under a New White House Pact
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AI Giants Pledge to Allow External Probes of Their Algorithms, Under a New White House Pact

Leading AI developers including Google and OpenAI promised the Biden administration to check for problems such as biased output.

Thousands of Authors Urge AI Companies to Stop Using Work Without Permission
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Thousands of Authors Urge AI Companies to Stop Using Work Without Permission

Nearly 8,000 authors just signed a letter addressed to the leaders of six AI companies including OpenAI, Alphabet, and Meta.

Biosensor Offers Real-Time Dialysis Feedback
From ACM TechNews

Biosensor Offers Real-Time Dialysis Feedback

Researchers at Iran's Shahrood University of Technology engineered a new biosensor to expedite hemodialysis procedures by providing dialysis feedback in real time...

Can VR Mimic Nature's Power to Make Us Healthier?
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Can VR Mimic Nature's Power to Make Us Healthier?

Scientists are investigating whether virtual reality can offer some of the health benefits of being in nature.

Employees Want ChatGPT at Work. Bosses Worry They'll Spill Secrets
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Employees Want ChatGPT at Work. Bosses Worry They'll Spill Secrets

Some corporate leaders have banned the use of generative artificial intelligence tools over concerns about exposing sensitive company and customer information. ...

Chipotle Introduces Guacamole Prep Robot Autocado
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Chipotle Introduces Guacamole Prep Robot Autocado

Chipotle has partnered with the automation solutions firm Vebu to debut Autocado, an avocado processing robot that will reduce guacamole prep time by 50%.

A Surprisingly Simple Way to Foil Car Thieves
From ACM News

A Surprisingly Simple Way to Foil Car Thieves

Flicking lights or swiping wipers could one day add extra security to vehicles.

Spinning Into the Future – New Waveguide Is Changing the Way Data Is Transferred, Manipulated
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Spinning Into the Future – New Waveguide Is Changing the Way Data Is Transferred, Manipulated

Physicists have pioneered a method to engineer electromagnetic spin on metasurfaces, addressing the data storage and transfer needs of an increasingly digital world...

Face Recognition In the U.S. Is About to Meet One of Its Biggest Tests
From ACM News

Face Recognition In the U.S. Is About to Meet One of Its Biggest Tests

A Massachusetts bill restricting police use could set the standard for how the technology is regulated in America.

A Nested Inventory for Software Security, Supply Chain Risk Management
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A Nested Inventory for Software Security, Supply Chain Risk Management

The growing importance of the Software Bill of Materials

A Blessing and a Boogeyman: Advertisers Warily Embrace A.I.
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A Blessing and a Boogeyman: Advertisers Warily Embrace A.I.

Many ads are easier to make with the fast-improving technology. It also poses a threat to an industry already in flux.

White House Proposes Smart Home Cybersecurity Program
From ACM News

White House Proposes Smart Home Cybersecurity Program

The goal of the new certification is to help consumers make choices.

How to Introduce Quantum Computers Without Slowing Economic Growth
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How to Introduce Quantum Computers Without Slowing Economic Growth

To smooth the path of the quantum revolution, researchers and governments must predict and prepare for the traps ahead.

ChatGPT4 can Recognize and Read People's Faces. OpenAI Worries it Makes AI Way Too Powerful
From ACM News

ChatGPT4 can Recognize and Read People's Faces. OpenAI Worries it Makes AI Way Too Powerful

OpenAI's ChatGPT has evolved beyond just handling text; it can now recognize and read people's faces.

Meta Unveils a More Powerful A.I. and Isn't Fretting Over Who Uses It
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Meta Unveils a More Powerful A.I. and Isn't Fretting Over Who Uses It

The company said it would give outside programmers access to the latest version of its core artificial intelligence technology.

Digital Twins Give Hydrogen a Greener Path to Growth
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Digital Twins Give Hydrogen a Greener Path to Growth

A researcher thinks digital twins could help lower clean hydrogen production costs by monitoring the state of hydrogen electrolyzers.

Robot Inspired by Baby Turtles Can Swim Under Sand
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Robot Inspired by Baby Turtles Can Swim Under Sand

A new robot inspired by turtle hatchlings can move through sand at a depth of 5 inches and a speed of 1.2 millimeters per second.

'Digital Bakery' 3D-Prints Sweets, Chocolates in Any Shape
From ACM TechNews

'Digital Bakery' 3D-Prints Sweets, Chocolates in Any Shape

Digital bakery Sugar Lab uses the only NSF-certified three-dimensional printer in the world to produce custom-ordered sweets and chocolates in any shape.

Here's How San Jose Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence to Stop Pedestrian Traffic Deaths
From ACM News

Here's How San Jose Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence to Stop Pedestrian Traffic Deaths

AImay be considered an invaluable tool when talking about traffic and pedestrian deaths in a city where two more lives were lost this past weekend in hit and run...
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