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Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do
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Computer Vision That Works More Like a Brain Sees More Like People Do

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers trained an artificial neural network to function like the brain's inferior temporal cortex to improve computer...

AI Robots Could Play Future Role as Companions in Care Homes
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AI Robots Could Play Future Role as Companions in Care Homes

Artificial intelligence-powered social robots could help care for the sick and aged in the future.

Researchers Grow Precise Arrays of nanoLEDs
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Researchers Grow Precise Arrays of nanoLEDs

A new technique produces perovskite nanocrystals right where they are needed, so the exceedingly delicate materials can be integrated into nanoscale devices.

Natural World Empowers Future of Computer Vision
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Natural World Empowers Future of Computer Vision

An open source software system aims to improve the training of computer vision systems by quickly generating an unlimited number of photorealistic scenes of the...

Chip Makers Stack 'Chiplets' Like Lego Blocks to Drive AI
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Chip Makers Stack 'Chiplets' Like Lego Blocks to Drive AI

Chip makers are stacking pre-existing chips to speed the development of more powerful chips.

U.S. Military Takes Generative AI Out for a Spin
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U.S. Military Takes Generative AI Out for a Spin

The U.S. Department of Defense is testing five large language models as part of an effort to develop data integration and digital platforms for military use.

Fiber Optic Smart Pants Offer Low-Cost Way to Monitor Movements
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Fiber Optic Smart Pants Offer Low-Cost Way to Monitor Movements

Researchers have developed polymer optical fiber smart pants that can track the wearer's movements and alert clinicians and caregivers if signs of distress are...

AI Battles the Bane of Space Junk
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AI Battles the Bane of Space Junk

Researchers are using artificial intelligence to track space debris, predict collisions, and devise methods for the debris’ removal and reuse.

Amazon's New Robots Are Rolling Out an Automation Revolution
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Amazon's New Robots Are Rolling Out an Automation Revolution

A wave of advanced machines is coming to the company's facilities thanks to better AI and robots smart enough to work with—and without—humans.

Computer Model Explains Cats' Sense of Smell
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Computer Model Explains Cats' Sense of Smell

A computational model of a house cat's nose aims to explain the complexity of a cat's sense of smell.

Building Robust Optical Structures Made of Darkness
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Building Robust Optical Structures Made of Darkness

A team of Harvard University researchers harnessed metasurfaces to generate and manipulate dark regions in electromagnetic fields called "optical singularities."...

Multi-Material Printer Enables Quick, Easy 3D Printing of Flexible Devices
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Multi-Material Printer Enables Quick, Easy 3D Printing of Flexible Devices

Researchers built a multi-material three-dimensional printer for the rapid manufacture of flexible devices.

Pneumatic Actuators Give Robot Cheetah-Like Acceleration
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Pneumatic Actuators Give Robot Cheetah-Like Acceleration

Researchers at South Africa's University of Cape Town developed a legged robot that uses pneumatic actuators to accelerate and maneuver like cheetahs.

New Car Sales Take Off As Chip Shortage Eases
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New Car Sales Take Off As Chip Shortage Eases

General Motors, Toyota and other automakers sold more trucks and sport utility vehicles as supply chain problems eased and demand remained strong despite rising...

Will Robots Triumph Over World Cup Winners by 2050?
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Will Robots Triumph Over World Cup Winners by 2050?

The RoboCup dream has inspired generations of roboticists.

Care Homes in Japan Use Big Data to Boost Caregivers, Lighten Workloads
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Care Homes in Japan Use Big Data to Boost Caregivers, Lighten Workloads

Japan-based nursing home operator and insurer Sompo Holdings is using technology to alleviate a caregiver shortage in that nation.

Quantum Computing Could Get Boost from Discovery of Q-Silicon
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Quantum Computing Could Get Boost from Discovery of Q-Silicon

The researchers showed laser melting and quenching silicon can result in the formation of Q-silicon. The entire process is completed in less than a fraction of...

Researchers Make a Quantum Computing Leap with a Magnetic Twist
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Researchers Make a Quantum Computing Leap with a Magnetic Twist

A team of researchers has taken a step toward building a fault-tolerant quantum bit by detecting "fractional quantum anomalous Hall" states using semiconductor-material...

Paper-Like, Battery-Free, AI-Enabled Sensor for Holistic Wound Monitoring
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Paper-Like, Battery-Free, AI-Enabled Sensor for Holistic Wound Monitoring

A battery-free holistic wound monitoring sensor patch uses artificial intelligence to identify the wearer's wounding healing status within 15 minutes.

Emulating How Krill Swim to Build Robotic Platform for Ocean Navigation
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Emulating How Krill Swim to Build Robotic Platform for Ocean Navigation

Researchers at Brown University and the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México invented a robotic platform that mimics metachronal swimming to navigate underwater...
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