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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images
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AI 'Resurrects' 54 Roman Emperors, in Stunningly Lifelike Images

An artist used machine learning to create the photorealistic portraits.

Your Favorite AI Language Tool is Toxic
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Your Favorite AI Language Tool is Toxic

A new research paper by the Allen Institute for AI  says  pretrained language models  "are prone to generating racist, sexist, or otherwise toxic language, which...

AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance
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AI Camera Can Tell What Surfaces Feel Like with Just a Glance

Rutgers University researchers have trained a camera-linked artificial intelligence to read the tactile properties of an object when presented with a photograph...

These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company
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These 'Smart' Home Devices Could Be the Biggest Security Threat to Your Entire Company

Experts warn that smart Internet of Things devices could threaten entire businesses, with a Palo Alto Networks survey finding more devices connecting to business...

3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers
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3D Printing Inside the Body Could Patch Stomach Ulcers

Researchers at Tsinghua University in China developed a micro robot that could take advantage of three-dimensional printing technology to lay down new tissues directly...

Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions
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Hot Qubits and Goldilocks Ions

Eyeing the latest solutions in quantum computing.

In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?
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In Isolating Times, Can Robo-Pets Provide Comfort?

As seniors find themselves cut off from loved ones during the pandemic, some are turning to automated animals for company.

DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield
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DOJ Unveils Trump Administration’s Legislation to Reform Tech’s Legal Liability Shield

The Department of Justice proposed new legislation last week to reform a key legal liability shield for the tech industry known as Section 230.

Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint
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Algorithm Spots COVID-19 Cases from Eye Images: Preprint

A small study shows artificial intelligence can pick out individuals with coronavirus infections, but ophthalmologists and AI experts say the approach is far from...

These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter
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These Weird, Unsettling Photos Show That AI is Getting Smarter

Models are learning how to generate images from captions, a sign that they're getting better at understanding our world.

Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race
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Error Discovered on Georgia Touchscreens in U.S. Senate Race

Georgia election officials say they found a programming error on the state's voting touchscreens that caused a column of candidates in the U.S. Senate special election...

Trump Administration Signs AI R&D Agreement With the U.K.
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Trump Administration Signs AI R&D Agreement With the U.K.

The Trump administration announced a research and development agreement on artificial intelligence with the U.K., designed to advance cooperation on development...

This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties
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This Is How Much Top Hackers Are Earning From Bug Bounties

More than $44.75 million in bounties was awarded to hackers worldwide over the past year, up 86% year-on-year, according to HackerOne.

Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science
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Method Auto-Generates Databases for Materials Science

Scientists at Argonne National Laboratory and the University of Cambridge have developed a method that builds automatic databases using natural language processing...

Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station
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Robots Target Coronavirus with Ultraviolet Light at London Train Station

Robots have been deployed at the St. Pancras International train station in London to kill the coronavirus with ultraviolet (UV) light.

Durable, Dense, and Efficient: The Promise of DNA Data Storage
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Durable, Dense, and Efficient: The Promise of DNA Data Storage

Is DNA the future of data storage?

High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming
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High-Tech Tools Shine a Light on Sustainable Farming

New technologies aim to make it easier to determine whether companies are honoring their commitments regarding responsible land use, emissions reductions, and human...

Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data
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Hacker Accessed Network of U.S. Agency, Downloaded Data

The U.S. Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency says an unnamed federal agency has been the victim of a cyberattack in which a hacker accessed its network...

5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts
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5G Wireless May Lead to Inaccurate Weather Forecasts

Upcoming 5G wireless networks that expedite cellphone service may lead to inaccurate weather forecasts.

Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning
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Robot Beats Humans at Curling, Thanks to Deep Learning

Researchers developed a deep learning algorithm that enabled a curling robot to beat human players.
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