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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You
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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts
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iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.

The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0
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The Seeing Eye Dog V2.0

Researchers at the University of Glasgow in Scotland showed off the latest iteration of their RoboGuide, an AI-powered quadruped robot designed to assist visually...

Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality
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Study Finds Seniors Benefit from Virtual Reality

A study of virtual reality involving 245 participants aged between 65 and 103 found generally positive effects.

Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play
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Brain-Powered Tech Allows Kids 'Trapped in Their Own Bodies' to Play

The Brain Computer Interface program at Holland Bloorview Kids Rehabilitation Hospital develops technology to allow disabled children to use their minds to move...

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.

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...

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck
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Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet, issued a recall for its software after two of its vehicles hit the same pickup truck minutes apart in Phoenix....

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.

U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D
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U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D

The Biden administration announced that it would invest $5 billion in the National Semiconductor Technology Center.

The Campaign Against Deepfakes
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The Campaign Against Deepfakes

Digital deceit is on the rise and needs to be addressed.

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.

Imran Khan's 'Victory Speech' from Jail Shows AI's Peril, Promise
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Imran Khan's 'Victory Speech' from Jail Shows AI's Peril, Promise

Despite being imprisoned, former Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has garnered support for his political party using AI.

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.

Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time
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Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time

Seventy years after the invention of a data structure called a hash table, theoreticians have found the most efficient possible configuration for it.

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.

Social Media Algorithms 'Amplifying Misogynistic Content'
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Social Media Algorithms 'Amplifying Misogynistic Content'

Extreme misogynistic content is being amplified by the algorithms used by social media platforms, a new study has found.

Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles
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Guaranteeing the Safety of Autonomous Vehicles

Computer scientists developed of method to ensure end-to-end safety of autonomous vehicles by guaranteeing the results of the machine learning algorithms used to...

Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction
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Physical Qubit with Built-In Error Correction

Researchers demonstrated that a laser-generated light pulse containing several photons can be used to build a photonic quantum computer.
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