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Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K
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Bipedal Robot Learns to Run, Completes 5K

An untethered bipedal robot engineered by Oregon State University (OSU) researchers and built by OSU spinout company Agility Robotics completed a five-kilometer...

Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology
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Lost in L.A.? Fire Department Can Find You with What3words Location Technology

The Los Angeles Fire Department has partnered with digital location startup What3words, which has assigned a unique three-word name to each of 57 billion 10-foot...

Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data
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Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data

Companies are building synthetic datasets when real-world data is unavailable to train artificial intelligence models to identify anomalies.

The Great Quantum Computing Race
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The Great Quantum Computing Race

Companies and countries are pouring tens of billions of dollars into different qubit technologies, but it's still too early to predict a winner.

How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave
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How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave

As surfing completes its first-ever Olympic ride, the sport is poised for another sea change thanks to artificial intelligence and big data.

Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development
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Hackers Turning to 'Exotic' Programming Languages for Malware Development

For example, earlier this year, enterprise security firm Proofpoint discovered new malware written in Nim and Rust.

Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer
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Connected Autonomous Vehicles Make Intersections Safer

Scientists at Arizona State University and Carnegie Mellon University are enhancing intersection safety with connected autonomous vehicles and distributed real-time...

UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies
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UC Berkeley Researchers Model Robot AI Algorithm on Human Babies

An artificial intelligence algorithm developed by researchers at the University of California, Berkeley and Carnegie Mellon University helps four-legged robots...

Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air
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Open-Source Software to Help Cities Plant in Pursuit of Clean Air

Researchers in the U.K. have developed free open source software that towns and cities can use to estimate reductions in air pollutant concentrations from different...

Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing
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Combining Two Approaches to Advance Quantum Computing

This work also represents a significant advancement to our understanding and control of Andreev levels.

Detecting Deception
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Detecting Deception

Advanced machine learning algorithms can spot lying even better than a polygraph.

Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients
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Robotic Neck Brace May Help Doctors Analyze Neck Mobility in Cancer Patients

A new robotic neck brace could help doctors evaluate the impact of cancer treatments on neck mobility, and guide patients' recovery.

As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards
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As Cyberattacks Surge, Security Start-Ups Reap the Rewards

Investors have poured $12.2 billion into cybersecurity companies so far this year, nearly $2 billion more than the total for all of 2020.

QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.
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QR Codes Are Here to Stay. So Is the Tracking They Allow.

Fueled by a desire for touchless transactions, QR codes popped up everywhere in the pandemic. Businesses don't want to give them up.

 The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch
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The Space Wide Web is Ready to Launch

There is even more to space innovation than the fledgling space tourism sector. Somewhat out of the public eye, there is a fast-growing space tech industry.

Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI
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Police Are Telling ShotSpotter to Alter Evidence From Gunshot-Detecting AI

Prosecutors in Chicago are being forced to withdraw evidence generated by the technology, which led to the police killing of 13-year-old Adam Toledo earlier this...

The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors
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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors

Health-care chatbots have been used for years, but they exploded in popularity over the past year as the system became overwhelmed with covid-related questions...

Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime
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Dubai Police Will Use Citywide Network of Drones to Respond to Crime

Dubai is creating a network of pre-positioned drone bases so police can respond to incidents with drones anywhere in the city within a minute.

Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills
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Simulator Helps Robots Sharpen Their Cutting Skills

A new robotic cutting simulator replicates the forces acting on a knife slicing through foods.

Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste
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Fujitsu Uses Quantum-Inspired Algorithm to Tackle Space Waste

Researchers developed an artificial neural network-based rapid trajectory design algorithm to address the removal of space debris.
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