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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.

Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content
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Major Websites Are Blocking AI Crawlers From Accessing Their Content

In the AI era, publishers are more aggressively blocking crawlers because there's no upside, for now, in handing over their data to AI companies.

AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice
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AR Technology Helps Non-Speaking Autistic Population Find Their Voice

The new HoloBoard system can be paired with Microsoft's HoloLens 2 augmented reality device to help non-speaking autistic individuals improve their motor skills...

Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential
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Hackathon Offers Glimpse of Quantum Potential

The U.K.'s National Quantum Computing Centre recently held its second quantum hackathon at the University of Birmingham,

USENET, the OG Social Network, Rises Again Like a Text-Only Phoenix
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USENET, the OG Social Network, Rises Again Like a Text-Only Phoenix

It is still alive, and quite vigorous considering its age.  

More Developers Are Using the Rust Language
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More Developers Are Using the Rust Language

The 2022 State of Rust Survey published earlier this month found more developers using the programming language than ever before.

Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco
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Robotaxis Are Making Enemies as They Go Around San Francisco

Despite receiving recent approval to expand their robotaxi services in San Francisco, Waymo and Cruise continue to face backlash over traffic and safety concerns...

Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision
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Using Physics Data to Refocus Computer Vision

Exploring ways to supplement conventional computer vision data with metadata collected from physics-based sensors and systems.

Microsoft Infuses AI With Human-Like Reasoning Via an 'Algorithm of Thoughts'
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Microsoft Infuses AI With Human-Like Reasoning Via an 'Algorithm of Thoughts'

A new technique combines the strengths of human cognition with algorithmic logic.

Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages
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Chinese Robot Waiters Fuel Korean Anxiety Over Labor Shortages

South Koreans are anxious over a flood of cheap Chinese robot waiters amid labor shortages, population declines, and growing rivalry with Chinese technology firms...

Twelve Nations Urge Social Media Giants to Tackle Illegal Data Scraping
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Twelve Nations Urge Social Media Giants to Tackle Illegal Data Scraping

A joint statement from a dozen countries called on social media platforms to address illegal data scraping, emphasizing that local laws require them to protect...

Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World
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Why Scientists Are Delving into the Virtual World

A growing number of scientific researchers are using virtual reality (VR) technology in the lab, often to more easily collaborate with distant colleagues, or simply...

AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It
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AI Misinformation: Why It Works and How to Spot It

Determining what's real online is getting more difficult. But there are steps you can take to deal with it.

These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI
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These Tools Could Help Protect Our Pictures From AI

However, these tools are neither perfect, nor enough on their own.

Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently
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Novel Algorithm Proposed for Selecting Variables Efficiently

Researchers at the Chinese Academy of Sciences' Hefei Institutes of Physical Science has developed a variable selection algorithm for chemometrics applications....

Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order
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Framework Allows Robots to Perform Interactive Tasks in Sequential Order

A new framework allows quadruped robots to perform tasks that get progressively more complex without having to relearn motions.

Opening the Black Box
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Opening the Black Box

Researchers hope to enable scientists and processor designers to understand the underlying reasoning of deep learning accelerator designs through explainable-design...

AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves
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AI Can Spot Early Signs of a Tsunami from Atmospheric Shock Waves

Researchers found that off-the-shelf artificial intelligence (AI) models can detect the early signs of a tsunami in two-dimensional (2D) images from GPS satellites...

AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat
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AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat

Artificial intelligence (AI) operates the U.S. Air Force's pilotless XQ-58A Valkyrie experimental aircraft, which the military envisions as a next-generation robot...
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