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Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow
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Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow

But achieving full-body restoration of movement, as Elon Musk envisions with such devices, is considered far into the future, if at all.

Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon
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Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon

The company, Ispace, is carrying a rover from the United Arab Emirates, a Japanese robot, and other cargo in its bid to possibly be the first commercial lander...

AMD Bets Its Future On Moore's Law
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AMD Bets Its Future On Moore's Law

The company says Moore's Law still has a good 6-8 years of life, thanks to next-generation transistor technologies.

The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?
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The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child's homework will never be the same. Then there's the misinformation problem.

DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders
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DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders

DeepMind's AlphaCode model performed well against human coders in a programming competition.

Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear
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Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear

University of Georgia (UGA) scientists have created an ear recognition system that can authenticate individuals with up to 97.25% accuracy.

Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI
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Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI

Researchers manipulated silver atoms into a lattice configuration via deep reinforcement learning, a critical advance for nanodevice construction.

Attackers Keep Targeting the U.S. Electric Grid
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Attackers Keep Targeting the U.S. Electric Grid

Plus: Chinese hackers stealing U.S. Covid relief funds, a cyberattack on the Met Opera website, and more.

Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network
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Pentagon Picked Four Tech Companies to Form $9B Cloud Computing Network

Microsoft agrees multi-cloud strategy is "the right one" for U.S. Defense Department.

LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars
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LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars

Researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center have developed a LiDAR technique to improve the safety of robotic vehicle landings during future Mars or lunar missions...

Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite
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Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite

University of Chicago researchers reduced the rate of catastrophic quantum computing errors attributable to cosmic rays from about once every 10 seconds to once...

Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer
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Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer

Scientists have engineered a scaled-up probabilistic computer (p-computer) with stochastic spintronic devices.

The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT
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The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT

A new chatbot from OpenAI is inspiring awe, fear, stunts and attempts to circumvent its guardrails.

Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.
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Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.

Facebook announced a forthcoming test of age verification technologies on its Facebook Dating service in the U.S.

Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring
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Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers used sound waves to power a wireless camera underwater, which could help to map the impact of climate change. ...

A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan
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A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan

Bitcoin miners say they can help stabilize a shaky power grid and prevent blackouts. Experts say it will make the problem worse.

Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI
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Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI

Battery-inspired artificial synapses are gaining ground.

Squeegee: A Contamination Detection Tool for Low Microbial Biomass Microbiomes
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Squeegee: A Contamination Detection Tool for Low Microbial Biomass Microbiomes

The Squeegee contamination detection algorithm can instill reproducibility in microbial identification and analysis.

Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech
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Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech

Proposed legislation in Canada that would require digital platforms to promote Canadian content over foreign-made content is facing pushback from leading tech firms...

Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.
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