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In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones
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In Ukraine War, a Race to Acquire Smarter, Deadlier Drones

Drones are in high demand among both Ukrainians and Russians as the war continues.

Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos
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Making Computers Smarter--with TikTok Dance Videos

A doctoral student is using TikTok dance videos to build lifelike three-dimensional avatars of people for use in virtual reality environments.

Raising the Voices of the Dead
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Raising the Voices of the Dead

Experts urge caution in using AI agents to simulate dead people.

Flawed AI Makes Robots Racist, Sexist
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Flawed AI Makes Robots Racist, Sexist

New work led by several universities, including Johns Hopkins, shows neural networks built from biased Internet data teach robots to enact toxic stereotypes.

What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do
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What AI Still Doesn't Know How to Do

Artificial intelligence programs that learn to write and speak can sound almost human—but they can't think creatively like a small child can.

How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'
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How Companies Subtly Trick Users Online with 'Dark Patterns'

So far this year, there have been multiple lawsuits filed against prominent tech companies for their alleged use of dark patterns to deceive users.

Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans
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Underwater Glove Puts Octopus' Abilities on the Hand of Humans

Researchers have developed a glove inspired by an octopus for securely gripping objects underwater.

'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs
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'Retbleed' Speculative Execution Attack Affects AMD, Intel CPUs

The "Retbleed" flaw targets older AMD and Intel central processing units as a channel for Spectre-based speculative-execution attacks.

DNA Typewriter Taps Out a Record Inside Cells
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DNA Typewriter Taps Out a Record Inside Cells

Researchers have developed a DNA typewriter that can encode text in cells.

Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston
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Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston

A Congressional probe found seven of the largest U.S. bitcoin mining companies could cumulatively use as much electricity as all the homes in Houston.

Would You Pay $40 a Month to Have Strangers Watch You Work?
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Would You Pay $40 a Month to Have Strangers Watch You Work?

People still working remotely are turning to virtual co-working spaces for accountability through a Zoom screen.

Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink
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Ethereum Merge: How Crypto's Carbon Footprint Is About to Shrink

Ethereum, the second biggest blockchain in the world, is transitioning to proof of stake. That sentence may not make sense to you, but it's a huge deal.

Computer Model Predicts Whether a Pesticide Will Harm Bees
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Computer Model Predicts Whether a Pesticide Will Harm Bees

Oregon State University researchers trained a machine learning model to forecast whether new herbicides, fungicides, or insecticides would harm honey bees.

The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges
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The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges

The James Webb Space Telescope's data-collecting operations present a number of challenges, including dependence on a reliable communications subsystem.

Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD
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Videogame Prescribed by Doctors to Treat ADHD

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved the use of a computer game to treat children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

A Health Monitoring Wearable That Operates Without a Battery
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A Health Monitoring Wearable That Operates Without a Battery

University of California, Irvine researchers have developed a self-powered, wireless wearable device that can monitor a user's pulse.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

Fred Hutch, Amazon Collaborating on Clinical Trial to Test Vaccines Against Cancer
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Fred Hutch, Amazon Collaborating on Clinical Trial to Test Vaccines Against Cancer

Neither Amazon or the Seattle-based Fred Hutch organization specified whether the trial was part of a wider collaboration.

Scientists Jack Into Subjects' Brains, Find That They Can Identify Deepfakes Subconsciously
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Scientists Jack Into Subjects' Brains, Find That They Can Identify Deepfakes Subconsciously

Okay, that's weird.

D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud
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D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud

Experimental prototype offers sneak peek of 7,000-qubit quantum computer.
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