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Organizing Unstructured Data
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Organizing Unstructured Data

Vector databases, commonly used for similarity search and product recommendations, are a shining light in the era of Artificial Intelligence.

Humans Help Computers Spot Bursts from Space
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Humans Help Computers Spot Bursts from Space

Citizen scientists mined radio astronomy data from the ThunderKAT survey to discover new sources of sporadic space emissions that computer algorithms missed.

Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working
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Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working

A new technique produces artificial intelligence (AI) inference algorithms that can generate explanations for data and calculate their accuracy.

Sweater-Wrapped Robots Can Feel, React to Human Touch
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Sweater-Wrapped Robots Can Feel, React to Human Touch

The RobotSweater machine-knitted textile "skin" can sense contact and pressure to make a robot "smarter during its interaction with humans."

The Making of a Mona Lisa Hologram
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The Making of a Mona Lisa Hologram

An international team of researchers developed an acoustic metasurface-based holography technique, which they tested by recreating the Mona Lisa.

The Long and Short of Fish Lifespans
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The Long and Short of Fish Lifespans

Researchers have created a computational model to predict any fish species' lifespan.

Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues
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Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues

The company also was hit with a second fine over Ring, its home surveillance company.

Google's Photo App Still Can't Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple's
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Google's Photo App Still Can't Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple's

Eight years after a controversy over Black people being mislabeled as gorillas by image analysis software, tech giants still fear repeating the mistake.

Super Low-Cost Smartphone Attachment Brings Blood Pressure Monitoring to Your Fingertips
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Super Low-Cost Smartphone Attachment Brings Blood Pressure Monitoring to Your Fingertips

An inexpensive plastic fingertip clip and custom smartphone app works with a smartphone's camera and flash to measure the user's blood pressure.

Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update
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Ethereum Closes Security Hole with Energy-Saving Update

An update rolled out by the Ethereum cryptocurrency reduced the energy needed to produce it, and also fixed a security flaw.

AI Catalyzes Gene Activation Research, Uncovers Rare DNA Sequences
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AI Catalyzes Gene Activation Research, Uncovers Rare DNA Sequences

The University of California, San Diego's James T. Kadonaga and colleagues used artificial intelligence to advance gene activation research by identifying "synthetic...

Researchers Say they Found Spyware Used in War for the First Time
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Researchers Say they Found Spyware Used in War for the First Time

Samvel Farmanyan, the former co-founder and host of an opposition television program in Armenia, told TechCrunch the hack he suffered "is a form of terror."

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT
From Communications of the ACM

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT

Existing security standards do not always offer sufficient protection to secure the Internet of Things.

Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?
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Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?

The financial services industry is plotting how to incorporate tools like ChatGPT into its products. But humans will still be necessary to provide personal advice...

Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes
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Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes

More than a dozen companies have popped up to offer services aimed at identifying whether photos, text, and videos are made by humans or machines.

'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail
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'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail

Digital imaging by deepwater seabed mapping company Magellan for U.K. TV production company Atlantic Productions has yielded a "digital twin" of the RMS Titanic...

Statistical Simulator Supports Benchmarking Tool to Mimic Omics Data
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Statistical Simulator Supports Benchmarking Tool to Mimic Omics Data

A next-generation in-silico statistical simulator can support a benchmarking tool for medical and biological researchers to assess and validate computational methods...
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