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Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?
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Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?

Fast-food chains like White Castle are deploying artificial intelligence-enabled chatbots in drive-throughs.

Mercedes Bringing ChatGPT into its Cars
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Mercedes Bringing ChatGPT into its Cars

German automaker Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Microsoft to add ChatGPT generative artificial intelligence software to Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S.

Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour
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Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour

Scientists from Google DeepMind evaluated the agility of quadripedal robots with a dog-agility-inspired course called Barkour.

Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats
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Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats

Executives of U.S. food and agriculture companies say they are collaboratively formalizing information-sharing to fortify themselves against escalating cybersecurity...

Georgia Won't Update Dominion Software Until After 2024 Election
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Georgia Won't Update Dominion Software Until After 2024 Election

Based on a two-year-old report, Georgia election officials will not update flawed voting software until after 2024, claiming it is safe despite federal recommendations...

Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research
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Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research

Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina created a wrist-worn sensor that collects data on alcohol consumption less obtrusively...

3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun
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3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun

An international team of researchers has reconstructed the skull and soft tissue of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun using three-dimensional computer modeling methods...

Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels
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Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels

Purdue University researchers have developed an algorithm to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses using smartphone sensors.

'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco
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'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco

In San Francisco, autonomous vehicles from Cruise and Waymo undergoing "rigorous" training on local roadways are raising safety concerns among residents.

Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel
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Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel

Israel has begun test flights of autonomous aircraft for heavy cargo, and eventually passenger transport, as part of a two-year, government-led project to manage...

An Algorithm for Sharper Protein Films
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An Algorithm for Sharper Protein Films

Researchers have created an algorithm to more precisely analyze ultra-fast protein motion collected by an X-ray free-electron laser facility.

Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App
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Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App

The sector, once popular, is searching for applications and users. 

Black Men Were Likely Underdiagnosed with Lung Problems Due to Bias in Software
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Black Men Were Likely Underdiagnosed with Lung Problems Due to Bias in Software

A study published last week suggests built-in software bias may be responsible for the underdiagnosis of lung problems among Black men.

AI Is Writing Code Now. For Companies, That Is Good and Bad
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AI Is Writing Code Now. For Companies, That Is Good and Bad

Chief information officers could see their job getting more complex even as generative AI makes software development easier.

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.

Making Connections
From Communications of the ACM

Making Connections

Bob Metcalfe, recipient of the 2022 ACM A.M. Turing Award for his role in the development of Ethernet, briefly considered a career in tennis.

Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT
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Standards to Secure the Sensors That Power IoT

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

'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...

A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80
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A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80

Christiane Floyd continues to consider the philosophical and ethical concerns of computer science.

Coding Instructors Are Adding AI to Their Lessons – Before AI Replaces Them
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Coding Instructors Are Adding AI to Their Lessons – Before AI Replaces Them

Coding schools like General Assembly are preparing engineers and data analysts to use ChatGPT.
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