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Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches
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Drones Tackle Shark Safety on New York's Beaches

Safety officials at New York's Jones Beach are using drones to monitor for potential human-shark interactions.

Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars
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Brain Surgery Visualization using NavTech from Self-Driving Cars

Scientists created a real-time endoscopic neurosurgery guidance method similar to the navigational technologies used in autonomous cars.

Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See
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Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other researchers developed a technique that uses computer-generated data to help vision and language models better understand...

The U.S. Challenges Google's Search Dominance
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The U.S. Challenges Google's Search Dominance

Google's search dominance is going on trial in the biggest U.S. antitrust case since a crackdown on Big Tech that started in 2019.

A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft
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A Case That Rhymes With Microsoft

The prevailing lesson of the Microsoft case, antitrust lawyers say, is that scrutiny from Washington can slow down a company, even when there are no grievous penalties...

AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship
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AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship

Argentine publicist Santiago Barros uses an app to produce images of what children taken from their parents during Argentina's military dictatorship might look...

A Softer Approach to Robotics
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A Softer Approach to Robotics

Soft robots are moving from the research lab to the real world.

Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts
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Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts

Tough luck, freeloaders: you're on your own.

As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change
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As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change

Workers in Las Vegas are closely watching employers' adoption of artificial intelligence and other technologies rise as they strive to cut labor costs.

Dependence on Tech Caused 'Staggering' Education Inequality: U.N.
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Dependence on Tech Caused 'Staggering' Education Inequality: U.N.

A study by UNESCO found "staggering" global education inequity due to overreliance on remote learning technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space
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First Human-Derived Body Part 3D-Printed in Space

U.S. aerospace company Redwire said it has three-dimensionally-printed a human body part in space for the first time.

How To Talk To An AI
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How To Talk To An AI

An ordinary human's guide to getting extraordinary results from a chatbot like ChatGPT.

Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72
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Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72

He spent decades working on artificial intelligence, striving to create computers that could replicate common sense.

AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes
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AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes

Computer scientists claim to have created the first algorithm for seamlessly concealing messages in realistic text, images, or audio.

British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars
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British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars

A study by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia found that a period of gradual transition will be necessary for road users to feel comfortable...

Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression
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Study Explores Potential of Robotic-Assisted TMS for Depression

Scientists in South Korea compared a custom robotic system developed for transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) coil placement to traditional manual methods in...

Meet Generative AI's 'Super Users': 70% of Gen Z Use GenAI
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Meet Generative AI's 'Super Users': 70% of Gen Z Use GenAI

Salesforce's survey shows that age and employment status are major factors in AI adoption.

Decoding Speech
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Decoding Speech

Working to translate thoughts to speech or actions via a brain-computer interface.

AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells
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AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells

Researchers developed a graph neural network that reliably matched human volunteers' identification of 55 odors, then predicted the smells of 500,000 additional...

'Smart' Glasses Skew Power Balance with Non-Wearers
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'Smart' Glasses Skew Power Balance with Non-Wearers

Researchers at Cornell and Brown universities found that wearers of augmented reality or smart glasses hold certain advantages, according to non-wearers.
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