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Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation
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Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation

Computationally efficient mathematical models aim to improve the accuracy of flexible medical needles used in surgical simulation without adding unnecessary steps...

Undersea Fiber-Optic Cables Can Help Predict Earthquakes
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Undersea Fiber-Optic Cables Can Help Predict Earthquakes

An international team of researchers at Israel's Hebrew University of Jerusalem found undersea fiber-optic cables can detect earthquakes occurring at sea 30 seconds...

Computing Guru Criticizes ChatGPT AI Tech for Making Things Up
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Computing Guru Criticizes ChatGPT AI Tech for Making Things Up

Vint Cerf, who helped create the Internet's core network technology, hopes engineers can improve artificial intelligence's shortcoming.

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?

The Generative AI Race Has a Dirty Secret
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The Generative AI Race Has a Dirty Secret

Integrating large language models into search engines could mean a fivefold increase in computing power and huge carbon emissions.

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...

Why You Shouldn't Trust AI Search Engines
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Why You Shouldn't Trust AI Search Engines

The technology is simply not ready to be used like this at this scale.

Jury Rules that NFTs Aren't Really Art
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Jury Rules that NFTs Aren't Really Art

Better luck next time, NFT bros.

Why Are You Seeing So Many Bad Digital Ads Now?
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Why Are You Seeing So Many Bad Digital Ads Now?

Scrolling past ads has rarely been enjoyable. But in recent months, people say the experience seems so much worse.

3D Modeling Tool Recreates a Landscape's Digital Twin
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3D Modeling Tool Recreates a Landscape's Digital Twin

An automated framework developed by Charalambos Poullis and Qiao Chen at Canada's Concordia University can three-dimensionally (3D)-simulate large-scale landscapes...

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.

Sports Illustrated Publisher Taps AI to Generate Articles, Story Ideas
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Sports Illustrated Publisher Taps AI to Generate Articles, Story Ideas

Sports Illustrated publisher Arena Group is investing in AI to help produce articles and suggest story ideas through partnerships with AI startups Jasper and Nota...

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.

Algorithm Detects Autism in Infants
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Algorithm Detects Autism in Infants

Duke University researchers trained an algorithm to detect signs of autism in infants.

Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'
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Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'

Scientists at Cerebras and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory said they can model extreme weather by accelerating field equations...

Researchers Discover a More Flexible Approach to Machine Learning
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Researchers Discover a More Flexible Approach to Machine Learning

"Liquid" neural nets, based on a worm's nervous system, can transform their underlying algorithms on the fly, giving them unprecedented speed and adaptability. ...

TikTok Reveals Russian Disinformation Network Targeting European Users
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TikTok Reveals Russian Disinformation Network Targeting European Users

Accounts spread anti-Ukrainian messages in local languages.

The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real
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The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real

Computer-generated avatars created by artificial intelligence software are being used by pro-China bot accounts as part of state-aligned disinformation campaigns...

Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation
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Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government announced that next year it will close a research facility that studied online misinformation.
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