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Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors
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Researchers Helping Robots Teach Themselves to Open Dishwashers, Doors

Scientists at Switzerland's ETH Zurich have formulated a "minimal manual guidance" model to train robots to learn how to open doors and dishwashers.

UC San Diego Computer Scientists Tackle Annual Waste of 1.5 Billion Junked Smartphones
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UC San Diego Computer Scientists Tackle Annual Waste of 1.5 Billion Junked Smartphones

University of California, San Diego computer scientists have proposed a method for repurposing deactivated smartphones.

An AI Scans Eyes to Spot Parkinson's Years Before Diagnosis
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An AI Scans Eyes to Spot Parkinson's Years Before Diagnosis

Turns out the windows to the soul can teach us a lot about our own health.

Lifelong Learning at the Edge
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Lifelong Learning at the Edge

Learning how not to forget is a crucial skill.

This Startup Engineered a Clever Way to Reuse Waste Heat from Cloud Computing
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This Startup Engineered a Clever Way to Reuse Waste Heat from Cloud Computing

Heata is now using these busy servers to heat water for homes.

Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash
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Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash

A driverless Cruise taxi with a passenger collided with a fire truck Thursday night, just one week after state officials allowed the service to expand.

The AI Power Paradox
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The AI Power Paradox

Can states learn to govern Artificial Intelligence—before it's too late?

ChatGPT Leans Liberal
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ChatGPT Leans Liberal

Research by scientists at the U.K.'s University of East Anglia suggests OpenAI's ChatGPT has a liberal slant.

Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice
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Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice

Google is testing generative artificial intelligence technology programmed to serve as a life coach.

Complexity Theory's 50-Year Journey to the Limits of Knowledge
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Complexity Theory's 50-Year Journey to the Limits of Knowledge

How hard is it to prove that problems are hard to solve? Meta-complexity theorists have been asking questions like this for decades. A string of recent results...

Rice and IIT Kanpur Announce Collaborative Research Award Winners
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Rice and IIT Kanpur Announce Collaborative Research Award Winners

Rice University and the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur have announced the first recipients of the Rice-IITK Strategic Collaboration Awards program, which...

Computer Scientists Tap AI to Identify Risky Apps
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Computer Scientists Tap AI to Identify Risky Apps

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Brian Levine and a dozen computer scientists have developed a computational model that evaluates customer reviews of social...

People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch
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People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch

Bank of Ireland has fixed technical problems that allowed some customers to withdraw or transfer funds above what was in their accounts, it said Wednesday after...

Reinventing Utopia: Self-Created Communities for the Digital Age
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Reinventing Utopia: Self-Created Communities for the Digital Age

Jon Hillis is using digital technologies to create a network of self-generating co-living communities like Neighborhood Zero outside Austin, TX, to help decentralize...

'Digital Heist' Recaptures the Rosetta Stone
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'Digital Heist' Recaptures the Rosetta Stone

A collective of designers in London have "digitally repatriated" the Rosetta Stone by creating a three-dimensional digital representation of the relic that people...

Hackers Explore Ways to Misuse AI In Major Security Test
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Hackers Explore Ways to Misuse AI In Major Security Test

Nearly 2,500 hackers at the DEFCON conference's AI Village spent this past weekend poking and probing some of the most popular large language models for flaws. ...

Researchers Explore Best Practices for Talking to Kids About Online Privacy
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Researchers Explore Best Practices for Talking to Kids About Online Privacy

Researchers at NIST suggest good strategies for talking to kids about online privacy and security, from a young age through high school. 

Incorporating Human Error into Machine Learning
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Incorporating Human Error into Machine Learning

Scientists are incorporating uncertainty into machine learning systems.

What Do a Jellyfish, a Cat, a Snake, and an Astronaut Have in Common? Math
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What Do a Jellyfish, a Cat, a Snake, and an Astronaut Have in Common? Math

A new algorithm describes the various motions that help animals navigate their environments by changing their body shapes.

VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers
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VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers

Computer scientists found hackers can translate the movements of virtual and augmented reality headset users into words using spyware and artificial intelligence...
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