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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...

Silicon Valley Layoffs Mean D.C. Is Hotter Tech Hiring Market
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Silicon Valley Layoffs Mean D.C. Is Hotter Tech Hiring Market

Layoffs by technology giants and startups have created a windfall for nontechnology companies in Washington, D.C., and New York City starved for software engineers...

Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?
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Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has begun deploying smarter technology at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the George Washington Bridge to help...

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.

DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO
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DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO

Microsoft and friends happy to assuage Uncle Sam's anxiety — for a price.

Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI
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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Bad actors use artificial intelligence to propagate falsehoods and upset elections, but the same tools can be repurposed to defend the truth.

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups
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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.

Analog Computer May Crack Greatest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics
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Analog Computer May Crack Greatest Unsolved Mysteries in Physics

Researchers at Stanford University and Ireland's University College Dublin built analog quantum simulators that could solve the most significant puzzles in physics...

A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid
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A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid

Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists have been developing a "black start" computer model to help grid operators quickly restore power after a disruption...

Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain
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Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain

Although the brain's architecture is very shallow, brain-inspired artificial neural networks' learning capabilities can outperform deep learning.

Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans
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Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans

Cleveland State University asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a district court ruling that "room scans" by exam proctoring software...

Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors
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Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors

An electronic bridge facilitates the fast transfer of energy between semiconductors.

New Analog Quantum Computers to Solve Previously Unsolvable Problems
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New Analog Quantum Computers to Solve Previously Unsolvable Problems

The architecture for these new quantum devices involves hybrid metal-semiconductor components incorporated into a nanoelectronic circuit

ChatGPT Finding, Fixing Bugs in Code
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ChatGPT Finding, Fixing Bugs in Code

Computer science researchers found the ChatGPT chatbot can detect and correct buggy code better than existing programs.

Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea
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Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea

South Korea's entertainment industry is producing virtual content as a gateway into the metaverse.

Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China
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Japan, Netherlands Agree to Limit Exports of Chip-Making Equipment to China

Deal with U.S. comes as President Biden seeks to slow China's military development.

ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems
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ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems

A TechBrief released by ACM's global Technology Policy Council warns the spread of algorithmic systems carries with it unaddressed risks.

Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail
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Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

"...it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom."

RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says
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RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says

Simson Garfinkel says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.
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