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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023
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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

The Association for Advancing Automation reported a 30% decline in robot orders by companies in North America last year.

Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation
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Age, Gender, Nationality Alter Emoji Interpretation

Researchers found that emojis mean different things to different people, depending on the viewer's age, gender, and nationality.

NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse
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NASA Urges Public to Listen During Total Solar Eclipse

The NASA-funded Eclipse Soundscapes Project is calling on citizen scientists to "listen" to the sounds of animals, birds, and insects during the April 8 total solar...

The Text File that Runs the Internet
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The Text File that Runs the Internet

For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of Web crawlers. But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data, the basic social contract of the Web...

Open Source Security Chip Released
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Open Source Security Chip Released

A commercial silicon chip that includes open source, built-in hardware security has been announced by the OpenTitan coalition.

Your Body Is Your Next Security Key
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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Biometric scanning and AI advances could replace the need for badges to enter buildings and regular password resets to access websites.

Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions
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Chatbot Shows Talent for Predicting Chemical Properties, Reactions

Researchers adapted GPT-3, the large language model behind ChatGPT, to answer questions about chemical compounds or materials.

Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer
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Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer

University of Chicago researchers created a quantum communication testbed with remote superconducting nodes, laying the foundation for more secure communication...

OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'
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OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'

The A.I. start-up is releasing a new version of ChatGPT that stores what users say and applies it to future chats.

Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids
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Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids

Across the globe, concerns about the substantial amount of energy used by datacenters have led to restrictions on their construction.

Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls
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Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls

Northeastern University researchers have developed a way to access video feeds from home security, dashboard, and smartphone cameras through walls.

3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection
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3D-Printed Foam Could Boost Helmet Protection

Using AI algorithms, researchers developed a 3D-printable foam that eventually could be used in bike helmets, shipping crates, and football pads.

Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities
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Computer-Engineered DNA to Study Cell Identities

A new algorithm can be used to design synthetic DNA segments that provide real-time information about the identity and state of cells.

ISS Gets SSD Upgrade
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ISS Gets SSD Upgrade

Hewlett Packard's HPE Edgeline EL4000 and the HPE DL360 Gen10 server on the International Space Station have been upgraded with Kioxia's M.2 and SAS SSDs.

How to Find a Needle in a Haystack
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How to Find a Needle in a Haystack

AI pattern recognition algorithms speed up the search.

Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab
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Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab

The future of warfare is being piloted in Ukraine, which has been turned into a sort of lab by technology companies.

Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention
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Attacks in the Metaverse Are Booming. Police Start to Pay Attention

Law enforcement is paying closer attention to reports of attacks, harassment, and sexual assault in virtual environments.

Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites
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Computer Scientists Find Gaps in Privacy Practices of Political Campaign Websites

A study by computer scientists revealed that interacting with political campaign websites puts people's personal information at risk.

Researchers Design Processor from DNA
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Researchers Design Processor from DNA

A microfluidic DNA processor is capable of computation and reading and writing data stored within DNA.
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