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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.

Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.
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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.

Missy Cummings, who spent more than a year at the federal auto safety agency, said that drivers were putting too much trust in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and...

How Brain Chips Can Change You
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How Brain Chips Can Change You

Studies show Elon Musk's new tech can bend your mind in strange and troubling ways.

Ingestible Sensor Could Help Doctors Pinpoint GI Difficulties
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Ingestible Sensor Could Help Doctors Pinpoint GI Difficulties

An ingestible sensor can be monitored as it travels through the digestive tract, helping doctors to diagnose gastrointestinal ailments more precisely.

The 'Flip-Flop' Qubit: Realization of Quantum Bit in Silicon Controlled by Electric Signals
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The 'Flip-Flop' Qubit: Realization of Quantum Bit in Silicon Controlled by Electric Signals

Andrea Morello, Rostyslav Savytskyy, and Tim Botzem at Australia's University of New South Wales, Sydney demonstrated an electrically controlled "flip-flop" quantum...

Eric Schmidt Is Building the Perfect AI War-Fighting Machine
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Eric Schmidt Is Building the Perfect AI War-Fighting Machine

The former Google CEO is on a mission to rewire the U.S. military with cutting-edge artificial intelligence to take on China. Will it make the world safer?

Ambient IoT Gets Down to Business
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Ambient IoT Gets Down to Business

Highly flexible, inexpensive low-energy sensors combined with pervasive connectivity and artificial intelligence deliver real-time triggers without human intervention...

Creating 3D Objects with Sound
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Creating 3D Objects with Sound

Scientists have created a technique for assembling three-dimensional (3D) objects using ultrasound.

Major Quantum Computing Breakthrough Could Mean the Revolution Is Here
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Major Quantum Computing Breakthrough Could Mean the Revolution Is Here

Preventing data degradation means the technology might be viable after all as world records are set.

Japan Rolls Out 'Humble, Lovable' Delivery Robots
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Japan Rolls Out 'Humble, Lovable' Delivery Robots

Japanese robotics companies are testing autonomous delivery robots to address a shortage of delivery workers.

You Know What's Cool? A 3D-Printing Factory
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You Know What's Cool? A 3D-Printing Factory

The Freeform Future startup aims to establish automated three-dimensional (3D) printing plants that mass-produce products from metal powders using laser arrays....

Forensic Imaging Technology Helps Virtual Autopsies Outnumber Invasive Post-Mortem Procedures
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Forensic Imaging Technology Helps Virtual Autopsies Outnumber Invasive Post-Mortem Procedures

Scientists in Australia say forensic imaging, augmented reality headsets, and artificial intelligence could reduce the necessity for invasive autopsies.

Space Robots Prepare to Grapple and Repair Satellites in Orbit
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Space Robots Prepare to Grapple and Repair Satellites in Orbit

An interview with William Vincent, Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program manager at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

How Big Tech Rewrote the Nation's First Cellphone Repair Law
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How Big Tech Rewrote the Nation's First Cellphone Repair Law

Documents reveal tech lobbyists revised a right-to-repair bill before New York's governor signed it.

Researchers Propose Fourth Light on Traffic Signals - for Self-Driving Cars
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Researchers Propose Fourth Light on Traffic Signals - for Self-Driving Cars

North Carolina State University researchers proposed the addition of a "white light" to traffic signals to allow autonomous vehicles to help control the flow of...

Helper Robots Being Deployed to Ease Burden on Hospital Staff
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Helper Robots Being Deployed to Ease Burden on Hospital Staff

The U.K.'s National Health Service is exploring the deployment of helper robots to alleviate the burden on hospital personnel amid a nurse shortage.

Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

Individual atoms trapped by optical 'tweezers' are emerging as a promising computational platform.

The Holy Grail of Electric Vehicles: Solid-State Batteries
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The Holy Grail of Electric Vehicles: Solid-State Batteries

Manufacturers look to make batteries safer and help them last longer by replacing liquid cores with solid ones.

Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction
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Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction

Researchers race to find ecological data kept on outdated media or in dusty backroom boxes—before they're lost forever.

Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls
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Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls

Frederike Dümbgen and colleagues have equipped a flying robot to use bat-like echolocation to map its surroundings using a simple microphone and speaker.
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