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AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours
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AI Flew a Fighter Jet for 17 Hours

This marked the first time a bot took control of a military jet.

Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.
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Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.

One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence argues that chatbots are often prodded into producing strange results by the people who are using them.

Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders
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Vocal Amplification Patch Could Help Stroke Patients, First Responders

Scientists at China's Tsinghua and Shanghai Jiao Tong universities have engineered a "graphene-based intelligent, wearable artificial throat"patch that can amplify...

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...

3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing
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3D-Printed Heart Replicas Look, Pump Like the Real Thing

Physicists developed a procedure to enable the creation of three-dimensionally printed replicas of patients’ hearts.

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.

Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards
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Kombucha Cultures Can Be Turned into Flexible Electric Circuit Boards

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of the West of England, Bristol used the mat of cells that form on top when brewing kombucha to develop flexible electric circuit...

U.S. Takes Security-First Focus in Doling Out $39 Billion Chip Aid
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U.S. Takes Security-First Focus in Doling Out $39 Billion Chip Aid

The plan is not meant to subsidize struggling companies.

NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack
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NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack

The NSA's 'Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network' guide provides remote workers with advice on how to protect against online threats.

These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out
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These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out

AI is becoming a key part of our lives. Hacking it could cause chaos, so the race is on to build defenses.

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.

Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.

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.

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
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Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.

Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing
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Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing

Google's team said it had demonstrated that a system using error-correcting code can detect and fix errors without affecting the information.

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.

MXenes Shield EMI, More
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MXenes Shield EMI, More

Feather-light yet providing near-total shielding capability, MXenes effectively conduct electricity, tune frequencies, and enhance the integrity of communications...

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.
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