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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces
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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces

A contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and RealNetworks calls for the Seattle-based company to equip U.S. Air Force autonomous drones with facial recognition...

Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors
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Quantum Computer Hits Key Milestone by Reducing Errors

Google physicists have demonstrated that making their quantum code bigger can reduce the error rate of calculations.

At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate
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At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate

UNESCO's Internet For Trust Conference brought together 4,300 participants to discuss regulatory solutions to the ongoing crisis of online information.

Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage
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Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage

Maryland nonprofit Vehicles for Change is using virtual reality to train automotive mechanics through a program designed to address a national shortage.

Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'
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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'

MIT engineers have formulated a method of controlling the spins of atomic nuclei as quantum bits using two different-colored laser beams.

Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'
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Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'

New study shows how infants are more adept at spotting motivations that drive human behavior.

Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI
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Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI

The company had a change of heart after "lobotomizing" its AI.

A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool
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A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool

A wireless technique enables a super-cold quantum computer to send and receive data without generating too much error-causing heat.

Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It
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Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It

A Rutgers University food scientist and his research team three-dimensionally printed low-fat chocolate.

In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving
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In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving

University of California, Berkeley researchers found simple head and hand movements by participants in the Metaverse can expose their identities.

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design
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Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design

Architectures suited for molecules streamline the identification of pharmaceutical candidates.

Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency
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Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency

Advanced feature sets and functionality are projected to drive the market for connected vending to nearly nine million units by 2024.

Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers
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Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers

Enterprise technology chiefs still have questions about the security and governance of the code-writing programs.

Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."

German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing
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German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing

The systems were deemed unconstitutional as they violated the right to informational self-determination.

Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails
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Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails

Big Tech is heralding chatbots as the next frontier. Why did Microsoft's start accosting its users?

The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology
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The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology

Makeup artist Adrien Morot used digital sculpting and three-dimensional printing to transform actor Brendan Fraser into the 600-pound protagonist of the movie The...

Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'
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Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'

The recall notice applies to certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

Love Bytes
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Love Bytes

Georgia State University researchers are exposing how scammers exploit dating applications to defraud victims.

U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter
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U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter

The U.S. Air Force said the X-62A VISTA (Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft) autonomous jet fighter had 17 hours of flight testing.
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