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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet
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California Regulators Approve First Driverless Taxi Fleet

The California Public Utilities Commission unanimously approved to General Motors' Cruise’s bid to offer a driverless ride-hailing service in San Francisco.

Thefts, Fraud and Lawsuits at the World's Biggest NFT Marketplace
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Thefts, Fraud and Lawsuits at the World's Biggest NFT Marketplace

OpenSea, one of the highest-profile crypto start-ups, is facing a backlash over stolen and plagiarized nonfungible tokens.

Tension Inside Google Over a Fired AI Researcher's Conduct
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Tension Inside Google Over a Fired AI Researcher's Conduct

Google employees claim a senior researcher fired earlier this year sought to undermine two more junior AI researchers by suggesting their results were wrong or...

Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public
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Advanced Quantum Computer Available to the Public

The researchers behind a quantum computer that encodes data in pulses of light have connected it to the Internet and made it available for public use.

Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain
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Seeing How Odor Is Processed in the Brain

Researchers created an odor delivery device, then used machine learning to analyze electroencephalograms to determine how the brain processes scents.

Drones Could Scare Birds Off Agricultural Fields
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Drones Could Scare Birds Off Agricultural Fields

An autonomous system can patrol agricultural fields around the clock to drive away birds that feed on the crops.

Futuristic Office Was Designed for 5,000 People--and 100 Robot Coworkers
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Futuristic Office Was Designed for 5,000 People--and 100 Robot Coworkers

South Korean's Naver is opening the new world headquarters of its research and development subsidiary in what the company calls "the world's first robot-friendly...

No Sign of China's New Supercomputers Among World's Top500
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No Sign of China's New Supercomputers Among World's Top500

Chinese developers of the new systems have not officially submitted details to the list organizers.

Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips
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Researchers Find Critical Vulnerability in Smartphone Chips

The researchers said they found "several out-of-bound read issues when the NAS handler functions read data from outside the Non-Access Stratum (NAS) message."

Walmart Expands Drone-Delivery Service to Reach 4 Million Households
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Walmart Expands Drone-Delivery Service to Reach 4 Million Households

Walmart is expanding its partnership with DroneUp to make drone deliveries available in six more states this year.

Oxford High Turned to AI to Detect Weapons After Shooting
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Oxford High Turned to AI to Detect Weapons After Shooting

Oxford High School in Michigan has been testing artificial intelligence-based gun detection software that can flag a firearm carried in plain sight in seconds. ...

Deere Tapping Into Apple-Like Tech Model to Drive Revenue
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Deere Tapping Into Apple-Like Tech Model to Drive Revenue

Deere & Co. hopes to drive up revenue by emulating Apple's business strategy and melding state-of-the-art hardware, software, and subscription models.

Multi-Spin Flips and a Pathway to Efficient Ising Machines
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Multi-Spin Flips and a Pathway to Efficient Ising Machines

Researchers at Japan's Waseda University have developed a hybrid algorithm to improve Ising machines' efficiency with multi-spin flips.

Japan Tries—Again—to Revitalize its Research
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Japan Tries—Again—to Revitalize its Research

The latest effort would spend billions on a few universities, but skeptics give it long odds.

Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers
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Minecraft's Code-Writing AI Points to the Future of Computers

Today, Microsoft's AI can take control of characters in Minecraft. Soon, it could help you control your whole computer.

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect
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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect

The Texas law enables users of leading social media platforms to sue the platforms if they think they have been censored because of their political views.

Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them
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Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them

Researchers have built an algorithm that can scan old astronomical images for unnoticed space rocks, helping to detect objects that could one day imperil Earth....

Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors
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Quantum Computer Could Catch Its Own Errors

A team of Austrian and German scientists has constructed a 16-quantum bit computer that runs error-free calculations.

AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping
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AI Could Prevent Eavesdropping

Neural Voice Camouflage technology can help prevent eavesdropping by producing custom background noise.

Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps
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Singapore's Robot Workforce Plugs Labor Gaps

Businesses in Singapore increasingly are resorting to robots to help address labor shortages and perform a range of jobs.
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