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Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?
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Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?

Seeking a better deal for bitcoin and its ilk in Web3 and the Metaverse.

The Case for Banning Crypto
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The Case for Banning Crypto

For Finance, the blockchain's risks far outweigh its rewards.

Seagull Algorithms Could Hide Secret to Greener Cloud Computing
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Seagull Algorithms Could Hide Secret to Greener Cloud Computing

British, Chinese, and Austrian researchers say more sustainable cloud computing systems can be achieved by algorithmically mimicking seagulls' hunting and migration...

AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind
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AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind

Scientists are gaining new insights into the human mind though artificial intelligence, including the mechanism of communication between neurons, and the roots...

One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts
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One of China's Most Popular Apps can Spy on its Users, say Experts

"I've never seen anything like this."

Scientists Use 3D-Printed Biodegradable Structures to Halt Erosion
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Scientists Use 3D-Printed Biodegradable Structures to Halt Erosion

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University aim to stop erosion with three-dimensionally printed biodegradable lattices made from potato starch derived from industrial...

Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones
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Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones

University of Washington researchers have created a prediabetes screening tool that taps the capacitive touch-sensing capabilities of smartphones to measure blood...

The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership
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Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership

Many sites get at least half their traffic from search engines. Fuller results generated by new chatbots could mean far fewer visitors.

ChatGPT Opened a New Era in Search. Microsoft Could Ruin It
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ChatGPT Opened a New Era in Search. Microsoft Could Ruin It

Startups say Microsoft and its Bing chatbot—not just Google—are stifling competition when it comes to creating better search engines.

Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress
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Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress

Scientists at the University of South Australia are creating virtual reality maps of forest plantations to advance forestry management.

Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think
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Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think

Researchers used eye-tracking software to analyze building inspectors' gaze patterns to gain insights into safety assessment behaviors.

Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands
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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands

Wenlong Li and colleagues at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have transformed Venus flytraps into biological robots.

Disney Scraps Metaverse Division As Virtual Worlds Become Yesterday's Tech Fad
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Disney Scraps Metaverse Division As Virtual Worlds Become Yesterday's Tech Fad

History is littered with predictions about virtual reality worlds that were going to change everything.

More Details, but Not Enough
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More Details, but Not Enough

Disputed Google research is receiving further scrutiny, despite the company's inaction in open-sourcing its data or source code as promised.

GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant
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GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant

Software developer hosting service GitHub launched a new version of its Copilot coding assistant powered by the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4 (GPT-4) multimodal...

Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots
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Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots

Simple robots wander NYC asking for trash and recycling, and it's adorable.

'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality
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'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality

With Microsoft's HoloLens and a special application developed by MIT researchers, AR can be used to find hidden objects.

VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?
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VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?

VR therapy has been studied since the 1990s. But as of 2023, we're still talking about its potential.

Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon
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Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon

The Norwegian container ship Yara Birkeland eventually will be a crewless vessel that navigates via radar and cameras, feeding sensor data to artificial intelligence...
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