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Bitcoin Mining has Raised Texas Electricity Prices 5%
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Bitcoin Mining has Raised Texas Electricity Prices 5%

The costs of cryptocurrency are increasingly clear. Are the benefits?

Germany Taps Africa's IT Sector to Fill Labor Gap
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Germany Taps Africa's IT Sector to Fill Labor Gap

German companies hope to address domestic workforce shortages by training young Africans in information technology (IT).

OpenAI Will Pay People to Report Vulnerabilities in ChatGPT
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OpenAI Will Pay People to Report Vulnerabilities in ChatGPT

OpenAI announced a new bug bounty program that will offer people $200 to $20,000 for finding and reporting vulnerabilities in the ChatGPT chatbot.

'Digidog Is Out of the Pound': Robot Dog Rejoins New York Police
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'Digidog Is Out of the Pound': Robot Dog Rejoins New York Police

New York City Mayor Eric Adams says the New York Police Department will deploy the technology this summer.

Italy Became the First Western Country to Ban ChatGPT. Here's What Other Countries are Doing
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Italy Became the First Western Country to Ban ChatGPT. Here's What Other Countries are Doing

The move has highlighted an absence of any concrete regulations, with the European Union and China among the few jurisdictions developing tailored rules for AI....

AI Cough-Monitoring Can Change the Way We Diagnose Disease
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AI Cough-Monitoring Can Change the Way We Diagnose Disease

Hyfe AI's database of over 700 million cough samples could be used to improve disease diagnosis and treatment.

Four-Legged Robotic System for Playing Soccer on Various Terrains
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Four-Legged Robotic System for Playing Soccer on Various Terrains

The four-legged DribbleBot robot developed by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can dribble soccer balls using onboard sensors, computing, and reinforcement...

What Delivery Apps Reveal About Food Disparities in Los Angeles
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What Delivery Apps Reveal About Food Disparities in Los Angeles

University of Southern California researchers used machine learning to analyze digital menus from restaurants across Los Angeles to identify food disparities in...

Predicting the Effects of Environmental Noise on Quantum Information
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Predicting the Effects of Environmental Noise on Quantum Information

An advancement crucial for designing and building quantum computers capable of working in an imperfect world.

Rage Against the Intelligent Machines
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Rage Against the Intelligent Machines

AI safety concerns mount as Large Language Model risks are revealed.

The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow
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The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow

Veterinary telemedicine could help more pet owners access much-needed care and put anxious animals at ease, but challenges remain.

Are Robot Waiters the Future?
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Are Robot Waiters the Future?

Many people envision robot waiters as a solution to the food service industry's labor shortages, with tens of thousands deployed in dining rooms globally.

Interactive Mosaic Uses NASA Imagery to Show Mars in Vivid Detail
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Interactive Mosaic Uses NASA Imagery to Show Mars in Vivid Detail

The Global CTX Mosaic of Mars is the highest-resolution global image of Mars ever created, at 5.7 trillion pixels (5.7 terapixels).

How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains
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How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains

Firms are turning to advanced technologies to help answer a surprisingly tricky question: Where do products really come from?

In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution
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In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution

Technology companies were once leery of what some artificial intelligence could do. Now the priority is winning control of the industry's next big thing.

Google Says Its AI Supercomputer with TPU v4 Chips Outperforms Nvidia's A100 in Speed
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Google Says Its AI Supercomputer with TPU v4 Chips Outperforms Nvidia's A100 in Speed

Google claims the supercomputers used for training its artificial intelligence models are faster and more energy-efficient than those employed by multinational...

China Offers Joined-Up Rail Ticketing to 'Belt and Road' Countries
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China Offers Joined-Up Rail Ticketing to 'Belt and Road' Countries

The China Academy of Railway Sciences Corporation is offering a ticketing system that unifies different ticket selling platforms in more than 140 countries in a...

Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers
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Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers

Putting two forms of semiconductor material called gallium oxide together seems to make it completely resistant to radiation.

Preschoolers Prefer Learning from a Competent Robot Than an Incompetent Human
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Preschoolers Prefer Learning from a Competent Robot Than an Incompetent Human

"By age five, children are choosing to learn from a competent teacher over someone who is more familiar to them—even if the competent teacher is a robot."

Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials
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Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials

A new computational model may be used to predict which metal-organic framework structures will be most stable for a given application.
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