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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices
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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices

A new quantum computing architecture can facilitate extensible, high-fidelity communication between superconducting quantum chips.

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice
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Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can instantly determine whether a person has exceeded the legal alcohol limit based on a 12-second recording of that...

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers
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Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers

Scientists in China are claiming they have found a way for current-generation quantum computers to crack the RSA algorithm underlying the most common form of online...

BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul
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BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul

German automaker BMW's latest prototype car showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show features a retooled interior that applies concepts from Apple's future...

Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring
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Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring

Ukraine has digitally networked its fighting forces, intelligence, and weapons on the cheap through satellite communications and custom software.

U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits
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U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits

Amid a tech cold war with China, U.S. companies have pledged nearly $200 billion for chip manufacturing projects since early 2020. But the investments are not a...

JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong
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JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana relied on facial-recognition technology to arrest an alleged purse thief, detaining the wrong person, who is...

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

Quantum Computer Helps Ford Find Better EV Battery Materials
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Quantum Computer Helps Ford Find Better EV Battery Materials

Quantum researchers at Ford modeled crucial electric vehicle battery materials using a quantum computer.

Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value
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Universities, Rich in Data, Struggle to Capture Its Value

Universities are struggling to make sense of their vast administrative datasets, according to researchers Christine L. Borgman at UCLA and Amy Brand at MIT.

Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds
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Tech Spending Pressures Fuel Demand for Specialized Industry Clouds

Corporate technology leaders looking to cut costs are turning to industry-specific cloud platforms that provide purpose-built digital tools for companies in a given...

Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance
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Police Tap COVID-19 Tech to Expand Global Surveillance

Police forces worldwide are tapping technologies developed for coronavirus contact tracing for mass surveillance.

Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees
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Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees

Every year around Christmas time, Donald Knuth gives a special lecture for a small audience at Stanford University, and to a larger audience online. This year's...

Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem
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Virtual Clothes Could Help Solve Fashion's Waste Problem

The fashion industry is tapping digital technologies to cut waste and modernize.

Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker
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Even the FBI Says You Should Use an Ad Blocker

The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation has issued an alert advising online users to install and use ad blockers.

Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'
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Researchers Pioneer Biocompatible All-Water 'Aquabots'

Researchers have developed a robotic system consisting of ultrasoft liquid robots comprised mainly of water.

Sonic Lift-Off Tech Aims to Reduce Semiconductor Costs
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Sonic Lift-Off Tech Aims to Reduce Semiconductor Costs


 New Pilot Line Initiative Receives 19 million euros to Accelerate European Quantum Technology Commercialization
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New Pilot Line Initiative Receives 19 million euros to Accelerate European Quantum Technology Commercialization

The Qu-Pilot Specific Grant agreement is part of a broader Framework Partnership agreement approved by the European Union earlier this year .

Jetsons-Style Robots Invading Chicago-Area Hospitals
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Jetsons-Style Robots Invading Chicago-Area Hospitals

Roughly human in shape, Moxi robots have been deployed in at least three Chicago-area hospitals amid a shortage of medical workers.

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures
From Communications of the ACM

Error Control Begins to Shape Quantum Architectures

The overhead of error correction presents a serious challenge to scaling up quantum computing and may produce unexpected winners.
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