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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....

Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time
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Scientists Find Optimal Balance of Data Storage and Time

Seventy years after the invention of a data structure called a hash table, theoreticians have found the most efficient possible configuration for it.

Teaching Transformed
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Teaching Transformed

The apparent ability of LLMs to write functioning source code has caused celebration over the potential for massive increases in programmer productivity and consternation...

Do You Think the Chatbot Likes Me?
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Do You Think the Chatbot Likes Me?

Artificial intelligence chatbots increasingly are being given distinct personalities to increase the appeal of interacting with them.

Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits
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Unfinished Video Games Are Turning into Hits

Video game developers are benefiting from early access periods.

Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms
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Robots Key to New Ways of Farming as Labor Shortage Looms

Robots increasingly are being deployed on farms in Japan amid an impending labor shortage.

Technology Bolsters the Battle Against Wildfires
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Technology Bolsters the Battle Against Wildfires

Technology increasingly is being used to predict and fight wildfires.

Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems
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Tesla Recalls 1.6 Million Cars in China to Fix Self-Driving Systems

Tesla is recalling nearly all the vehicles it has sold in China to update their computer software.

Microsoft Adding New PC Keyboard Button
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Microsoft Adding New PC Keyboard Button

Microsoft is adding an AI button to its Windows keyboards, the company's first significant keyboard change in nearly three decades.

Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades
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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades

A humanoid robot developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can be controlled by giving text prompts to the large language model GPT-4.

Computer Science Pioneer Niklaus Wirth Passes Away
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Computer Science Pioneer Niklaus Wirth Passes Away

ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Niklaus Emil Wirth passed away Jan. 1 at age 89.

App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams
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App to Help Older Adults Spot Online Scams

A new app is intended to prevent elder fraud by helping older adults identify online scams.

Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws
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Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws

Widely-used Java applications were found to have major security vulnerabilities.

SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28
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SUTD Professor Designs 3D-Printed 'Trees' for Singapore Pavilion at COP28

Two 3D-printed “trees” made of stainless steel and upcycled plastic waste were centerpieces of the Singapore pavilion at the U.N. COP28 climate conference.

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99
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Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99

Vera Molnár, a Hungarian-born artist who has been called the godmother of generative art for her pioneering digital work, died Dec. 7 in Paris at age 99.

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls
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Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls

Tesla is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix Autopilot systems that government regulators determined did not have enough controls to prevent misuse.

Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record
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Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record

Guinness World records labeled a dog-like robot created by a team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology the fastest quadrupedal robot.

The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows
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The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows

COBOL is one of the top mainframe programming languages in use, but most schools and universities have not taught COBOL  in decades.

Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'
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Researchers Taught an Algorithm to 'Taste'

Scientists taught an algorithm to better predict an individual's tastes in wines.

Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots
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Using LLMs to Code New Tasks for Robots

A research team developed a tool that uses large language models to code new tasks for robots, which it then simulates.
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