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First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet
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First Multi-Node Quantum Network Paves the Way for the Quantum Internet

Researchers in the Netherlands have established an entanglement-based network between three quantum processors for the first time.

Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace
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Pandemic is Pushing Robots into Retail at Unprecedented Pace

The results of a recent survey indicate the Covid-19 pandemic has ramped up development and adoption of automation.

Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location
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Researcher Uses Bat-Inspired Design to Develop Approach to Sound Location

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University's Rolf Mueller and colleagues have developed a new technique for identifying the point of origin of a sound....

Geoffrey Hinton Has a Hunch about What's Next for AI
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Geoffrey Hinton Has a Hunch about What's Next for AI

A decade ago, the artificial-intelligence pioneer transformed the field with a major breakthrough. Now he's working on a new imaginary system named GLOM.

N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash
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N.Y.P.D.'s Robot Dog Returns to Work, Touching Off a Backlash

Deployed at a public housing building, the device drew condemnation as a stark example of police power and misplaced priorities.

IT Jobs Grew by 50,000 in March as Companies Invested in Cloud, Remote Work
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IT Jobs Grew by 50,000 in March as Companies Invested in Cloud, Remote Work

An recent analysis of federal jobs data found the IT field had its fourth straight month of job growth in March, with U.S. employers hiring 50,000 enterprise technology...

NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.
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NFTs Are Shaking Up the Art World. They May Be Warming the Planet, Too.

Digital artworks known as nonfungible tokens are selling for massive sums, but research indicates their creation may carry an enormous environmental cost.

What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?
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What Are the Roadblocks to a 'Vaccine Passport'?

Creating a digital certificate of vaccination against the coronavirus is one of the hottest debates right now. What's keeping it from happening, and why are some...

Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party
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Coinbase's Public Listing Is a Cryptocurrency Coming-Out Party

With acceptance from traditional investors, a profitable start-up that eases transactions is offering proof of the industry's staying power.

China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms
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China's Factories Automate as Worker Shortage Looms

China's working-age population has dropped by more than 5 million in the last decade, and factories are responding to the resulting labor shortage with automation...

French Army Testing Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Spot in Combat Scenarios
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French Army Testing Boston Dynamics' Robot Dog Spot in Combat Scenarios

France's military has utilized robotics developer Boston Dynamics' four-legged Spot robot in training exercises, raising questions about the robot's future applications...

People May Trust Computers More Than Humans
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People May Trust Computers More Than Humans

Data scientists at the University of Georgia have found that people may be more willing to trust computer programs than fellow humans.

Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water
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Vibrations From a Smartphone Can Help Spot Unsafe Drinking Water

Vibrations from a smartphone's ringtone can be used to measure a liquid's viscosity, according to researchers at China's Shenzhen University.

Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?
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Is 'Femtech' the Next Big Thing in Healthcare?

Numerous apps and technology companies are emerging in the "femtech" industry to address women's biological needs.

FBI Launches Operation to Remove Backdoors from Hacked Microsoft Exchange Servers
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FBI Launches Operation to Remove Backdoors from Hacked Microsoft Exchange Servers

Hundreds of Exchange servers remain vulnerable because the backdoors are difficult to find and eliminate.

NVIDIA Completely Re-Imagines The Data Center For AI
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NVIDIA Completely Re-Imagines The Data Center For AI

It is all about tighter integration with memory, CPUs, and accelerators for trillion-parameter AI models.

AI Set to Reshape Workplace as Physical Offices Open Up
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AI Set to Reshape Workplace as Physical Offices Open Up

Artificial intelligence (AI) powered software and platforms will be adopted by more companies as they reopen physical workplaces.

Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'
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Classify This Robot-Woven Sneaker with 3D-Printed Soles as 'Footware'

Adidas is merging three-dimensional printing and robotic automation to produce mass-market footwear through its Futurecraft.Strung project.

Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency
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Swedish Central Bank Reveals First Study of Digital Currency

Sweden's central bank has released the results of the first phase of a pilot project into what is essentially the most advanced exploration of a post-cash era to...
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