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Drones Help Conserve Coastal Ecosystems
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Drones Help Conserve Coastal Ecosystems

University of Alabama student researchers have built and deployed drones as part of coastal conservation efforts.

U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports
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U.S. to Invest Billions to Replace High-Tech Cranes at Ports

The U.S. has proposed spending more than $20 billion to bolster domestic port security, including increasing domestic manufacturing of cargo cranes with advanced...

Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm
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Boy Born with One Hand Gets Spider-Man Bionic Arm

Open Bionics in Bristol, U.K., recently outfitted two children with bionic arms featuring Spider-Man covers.

'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation
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'AI Godfather', Others Urge More Deepfake Regulation

More than 400 AI experts and executives from various industries signed an open letter calling for increased regulation of deepfakes.

When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You
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When Eyes in the Sky Start Looking Right at You

Satellites like those made by Colorado startup Albedo Space are heightening privacy concerns.

iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts
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iOS Users' Face Scans Used to Break into Mobile Banking Accounts

iOS users are being targeted with malware that steals face scans from Apple devices to break into and steal money from bank accounts.

Defending the Business
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Defending the Business

The potential for a cyber incident is a top risk to business globally.

Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023
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Robot Invasion Hit a Bump in 2023

The Association for Advancing Automation reported a 30% decline in robot orders by companies in North America last year.

The Text File that Runs the Internet
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The Text File that Runs the Internet

For decades, robots.txt governed the behavior of Web crawlers. But as unscrupulous AI companies seek out more and more data, the basic social contract of the Web...

Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck
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Waymo Recalls Software After Two Self-Driving Cars Hit the Same Truck

Waymo, the self-driving car division of Alphabet, issued a recall for its software after two of its vehicles hit the same pickup truck minutes apart in Phoenix....

Your Body Is Your Next Security Key
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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Biometric scanning and AI advances could replace the need for badges to enter buildings and regular password resets to access websites.

U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D
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U.S. Announces $5 Billion Commitment for Computer Chip R&D

The Biden administration announced that it would invest $5 billion in the National Semiconductor Technology Center.

The Campaign Against Deepfakes
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The Campaign Against Deepfakes

Digital deceit is on the rise and needs to be addressed.

OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'
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OpenAI Gives ChatGPT a Better 'Memory'

The A.I. start-up is releasing a new version of ChatGPT that stores what users say and applies it to future chats.

Judge Rejects Most ChatGPT Copyright Claims from Book Authors
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Judge Rejects Most ChatGPT Copyright Claims from Book Authors

OpenAI plans to defeat authors' remaining claim at a "later stage" of the case.

Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids
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Datacenters Curbed as Pressure Grows on Power Grids

Across the globe, concerns about the substantial amount of energy used by datacenters have led to restrictions on their construction.

ISS Gets SSD Upgrade
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ISS Gets SSD Upgrade

Hewlett Packard's HPE Edgeline EL4000 and the HPE DL360 Gen10 server on the International Space Station have been upgraded with Kioxia's M.2 and SAS SSDs.

How to Find a Needle in a Haystack
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How to Find a Needle in a Haystack

AI pattern recognition algorithms speed up the search.

Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab
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Tech Giants Turn Ukraine into AI War Lab

The future of warfare is being piloted in Ukraine, which has been turned into a sort of lab by technology companies.
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