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Silicon Valley's Big, Bold Sci-Fi Bet on the Device That Comes After the Smartphone
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Silicon Valley's Big, Bold Sci-Fi Bet on the Device That Comes After the Smartphone

San Francisco-based startup Humane is pinning its hopes on what's being billed as the first artificially intelligent device.

Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism
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Robot Mimics a 450-Million-Year-Old Extinct Marine Organism

Carnegie Mellon University researchers have developed a new approach to robotics that uses insights from extinct organisms to create soft robots.

Finding Answers (About the Best Way to Find Answers)
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Finding Answers (About the Best Way to Find Answers)

Computer scientists at the University of Southern California considered which knowledge graph representations are best for different applications.

Algorithm Aids in Early Detection of Age-Related Eye Disease
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Algorithm Aids in Early Detection of Age-Related Eye Disease

A new deep learning algorithm can predict whether an individual's age-related macular degeneration will progress to geographic atrophy, which is more severe, within...

AI Makes Mobile Networks More Efficient
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AI Makes Mobile Networks More Efficient

A new artificial intelligence model could boost U.K. telecommunications providers' bandwidth efficiency and augment mobile networks' environmental sustainability...

Study Helps Explain How Selfies Are Used to Communicate
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Study Helps Explain How Selfies Are Used to Communicate

Researchers at Germany's Bamberg Graduate School of Affective and Cognitive Sciences enlisted 132 people to examine 1,001 selfies and characterize their first impressions...

Using Language to Give Robots a Better Grasp of Open-Ended World
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Using Language to Give Robots a Better Grasp of Open-Ended World

The Feature Fields for Robotic Manipulation method helps robots identify nearby objects by forming three-dimensional scenes from two-dimensional images and vision...

Earbuds to Monitor Brain, Body
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Earbuds to Monitor Brain, Body

These earbuds listen to you, to determine if your brain and/or body are working at peak efficiency.

Datacenter Waste Energy to Heat Homes in 'U.K.-First' Scheme
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Datacenter Waste Energy to Heat Homes in 'U.K.-First' Scheme

The London scheme is the U.K.'s first large-scale project to use datacenter waste heat to power homes.

5G-Powered Robots Clean Singapore's Rivers
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5G-Powered Robots Clean Singapore's Rivers

Singapore-based Weston Robot is supplying uncrewed surface vessels to clean Singapore's rivers by collecting garbage and monitoring water quality.

Doctors Wrestle with AI in Patient Care
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Doctors Wrestle with AI in Patient Care

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration's approval of artificial intelligence tools has raised doubts among doctors about their ability to improve patient care.

Kids with Disabilities Are Gamers, Too
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Kids with Disabilities Are Gamers, Too

Students developed prototype assistive technologies that could enable children with cerebral palsy to play video games.

AIrtist: Co-creativity and Computer-Human Collaboration in the Arts
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AIrtist: Co-creativity and Computer-Human Collaboration in the Arts

Far from being threatened by artificial intelligence, many creative practitioners are already embracing it—with some novel and unexpected results.

Vision via Sound for the Blind
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Vision via Sound for the Blind

Scientists have created "acoustic touch" technology that uses sound to help blind people "see."

Smart Scalpel Helps Doctors Hone Surgical Skills
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Smart Scalpel Helps Doctors Hone Surgical Skills

A smart scalpel developed by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Edinburgh measures the amount of force applied during surgical procedures and could facilitate...

UMD-Led Research Powers Montgomery County's Prosecution Data Dashboard
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UMD-Led Research Powers Montgomery County's Prosecution Data Dashboard

University of Maryland researchers helped the Montgomery County State's Attorney's Office roll out the state's first Prosecution Data Dashboard to clarify its handling...

Chatbots May 'Hallucinate' More Often Than Many Realize
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Chatbots May 'Hallucinate' More Often Than Many Realize

When summarizing facts, ChatGPT technology makes things up about 3% of the time, according to research from a new start-up. A Google system's rate was 27%.

As a Teen, She Loved Video Games. Now She's Using A.I. to Try to Quash Malaria
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As a Teen, She Loved Video Games. Now She's Using A.I. to Try to Quash Malaria

In Senegal, Rokhaya Diagne is using artificial intelligence to help the world eradicate malaria by 2030.

Checking for Counterfeit Medication Using a Smartphone
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Checking for Counterfeit Medication Using a Smartphone

The SmartID barcode system developed by researchers at a group of Germany's Fraunhofer research institutes allows users to verify a medical product is genuine using...

As Baby Boomers Retire, German Businesses Turn to Robots
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As Baby Boomers Retire, German Businesses Turn to Robots

As Germany's baby boomers retire, exacerbating the country's labor shortage, many companies are filling job openings with robots.
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