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A New Way to Look at Data Privacy
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A New Way to Look at Data Privacy

A new metric allows a small amount of noise to be added to models to protect sensitive data while maintaining the model's accuracy.

Your School's Next Security Guard May Be a Robot
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Your School's Next Security Guard May Be a Robot

Several technology companies have started offering security robots to U.S. schools.

EU Looks to Take Lead in Metaverse World, Avoid Big Tech Dominance
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EU Looks to Take Lead in Metaverse World, Avoid Big Tech Dominance

The European Commission has outlined a strategy for the European Union to assume a lead role in the metaverse sector and block its domination by technology giants...

Quantum Twist on Common Computer Algorithm Promises Speed Boost
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Quantum Twist on Common Computer Algorithm Promises Speed Boost

Scientists have demonstrated that a quantum version of the popular Monte Carlo algorithm could eventually overtake versions running on classical computers.

AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong
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AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, completed successful trials of a robot that treats brain tumors.

Rising Data Center Costs Linked to AI Demands
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Rising Data Center Costs Linked to AI Demands

Energy usage associated with running AI number-crunching is fast becoming a key driver of rising data center bills.

Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain
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Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain

Russia has built a network of technology contractors to supply it with surveillance equipment in order to spy on and quash internal dissent.

Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do
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Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers trained an artificial neural network to function like the brain's inferior temporal cortex to improve computer...

AI Robots Could Play Future Role as Companions in Care Homes
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AI Robots Could Play Future Role as Companions in Care Homes

Artificial intelligence-powered social robots could help care for the sick and aged in the future.

Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales are Acting Weirdly
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Number Cruncher Calculates Whether Whales are Acting Weirdly

Researchers applied statistical techniques to differentiate natural from affected behavior among whales.

Researchers Grow Precise Arrays of nanoLEDs
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Researchers Grow Precise Arrays of nanoLEDs

A new technique produces perovskite nanocrystals right where they are needed, so the exceedingly delicate materials can be integrated into nanoscale devices.

Automated Evolution Tackles Tough Tasks
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Automated Evolution Tackles Tough Tasks

Reinforcement learning groups unlabeled data into sets of likes, with the goal of maximizing the cumulative rewards it receives from a human-wrought evaluation...

Natural World Empowers Future of Computer Vision
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Natural World Empowers Future of Computer Vision

An open source software system aims to improve the training of computer vision systems by quickly generating an unlimited number of photorealistic scenes of the...

Biological Camera Stores Images
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Biological Camera Stores Images

National University of Singapore scientists used biological components to encode and store images on live cells.

Chip Makers Stack 'Chiplets' Like Lego Blocks to Drive AI
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Chip Makers Stack 'Chiplets' Like Lego Blocks to Drive AI

Chip makers are stacking pre-existing chips to speed the development of more powerful chips.

U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data
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U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data

The agreement ends legal uncertainty for Meta, Google and scores of companies — at least for now.

Buddying Up to AI
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Buddying Up to AI

Artificial Intelligence-based companions and chatbots allow people to form deep connections through long-term interactions.

As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It
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As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It

Amazon, Box, Salesforce, Oracle, and others have recently rolled out A.I.-related products to help workplaces become more efficient and productive.

How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out
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How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out

Indoor air-quality sensors installed in commercial buildings during the pandemic are now proving useful in areas affected by wildfire smoke.

U.S. Military Takes Generative AI Out for a Spin
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U.S. Military Takes Generative AI Out for a Spin

The U.S. Department of Defense is testing five large language models as part of an effort to develop data integration and digital platforms for military use.
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