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This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie
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This AI Robot Just Nabbed the Lead Role in a Sci-Fi Movie

An upcoming science-fiction film will feature the first humanoid robot to take on the lead role in a movie.

Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems
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Waymo, Uber Propose AI Techniques to Improve Self-Driving Systems

Researchers at Waymo and Uber have unveiled new technologies that aim to make their self-driving systems safer and more reliable.

CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank
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CSAIL Robot Disinfects Greater Boston Food Bank

A group of researchers designed a robotic system that disinfects surfaces and neutralizes aerosolized forms of Covid-19.

Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish
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Scientists Grow Optical Chips in Petri Dish

The new chips are made from gallium phosphide.

'SlothBot in the Garden' Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot
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'SlothBot in the Garden' Demonstrates Hyper-Efficient Conservation Robot

Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech) engineers have built a robot designed to help conserve endangered species.

Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi
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Bolstering Bandwidth with Dual-Channel Wi-Fi

Looking at solutions to handle growing Wi-Fi traffic.

Japanese Supercomputer, Crowned World's Fastest, is Fighting Coronavirus
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Japanese Supercomputer, Crowned World's Fastest, is Fighting Coronavirus

The newly crowned world's fastest supercomputer is being deployed in the fight against the coronavirus.

Apple to Ditch Intel Chips in Macs as It Consolidates Its Power
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Apple to Ditch Intel Chips in Macs as It Consolidates Its Power

The move, announced in the live-streamed start to the company's conference for developers, marks the end of a 15-year partnership.

Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet
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Honeywell Says It's Got the Fastest Quantum Computer on the Planet

For now...

Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI
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Circular Reasoning: Spiraling Circuits for More Efficient AI

Researchers stacked resistive random-access memory modules for artificial intelligence applications in a novel three-dimensional spiral.

Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste
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Reducing and Eliminating E-Waste

We need to mitigate the environmental impact of disposing of electronics at their end of useful life.

Your Wish Is My CMD
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Your Wish Is My CMD

Artificial intelligence could automate software coding.

Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed
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Robots Will Take 50 Million Jobs in the Next Decade. These Are the Skills You'll Need to Stay Employed

A new report finds that automation will take over a significant part of work activities in Europe by 2030.

DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age
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DGCA Nod Clears Runway for the Dawn of Drone Age

India's Directorate-General of Civil Aviation is permitting 13 companies to test fly beyond visual line of sigh (BVLOS) drones.

For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad
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For a Cold, Heartless Robot, Sally Makes a Decent Salad

A new high-tech vending machine can dispense a salad into a compostable bowl and keep ingredients at constant, food-safe temperatures.

Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer
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Five Times More Efficient Data Transfer

Researchers have developed a method to transfer bits across a silicon chip up to five times more efficiently than standard setups.

U.S. HHS Battles DDoS
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U.S. HHS Battles DDoS

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services networks were hit by a Distributed Denial of Service attack just as the coronavirus pandemic was ramping up.

Quantum Backbone
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Quantum Backbone

An Oak Ridge early-career award recipient plots the infrastructure for a quantum-information highway.

Next-Generation Cockroach-Inspired Robot Is Small, but Mighty
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Next-Generation Cockroach-Inspired Robot Is Small, but Mighty

The researchers say the new robot is one of the smallest and most dexterous robots created to date.

KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner
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KingMiner Botnet Brute-Forces MSSQL Databases to Install Cryptocurrency Miner

U.K. cybersecurity firm Sophos is advising MSSQL database owners to fortify their servers against botnet-orchestrated brute-force attacks.
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