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U.S. Border Patrol Finally Able to Check E-Passport Data
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U.S. Border Patrol Finally Able to Check E-Passport Data

After 16 years, the agency has implemented the software to cryptographically verify digital passport data—and it's already caught a dozen alleged fraudsters.

Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI
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Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI

After a backlash, Spotify paused an arrangement that allowed Apple to train machine learning models on some audiobook files.

How Brain Chips Can Change You
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How Brain Chips Can Change You

Studies show Elon Musk's new tech can bend your mind in strange and troubling ways.

Ingestible Sensor Could Help Doctors Pinpoint GI Difficulties
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Ingestible Sensor Could Help Doctors Pinpoint GI Difficulties

An ingestible sensor can be monitored as it travels through the digestive tract, helping doctors to diagnose gastrointestinal ailments more precisely.

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...

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 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.

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.

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...

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.

You Know What's Cool? A 3D-Printing Factory
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You Know What's Cool? A 3D-Printing Factory

The Freeform Future startup aims to establish automated three-dimensional (3D) printing plants that mass-produce products from metal powders using laser arrays....

Forensic Imaging Technology Helps Virtual Autopsies Outnumber Invasive Post-Mortem Procedures
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Forensic Imaging Technology Helps Virtual Autopsies Outnumber Invasive Post-Mortem Procedures

Scientists in Australia say forensic imaging, augmented reality headsets, and artificial intelligence could reduce the necessity for invasive autopsies.

Microsoft Will Let Companies Create their own Custom Versions of ChatGPT, Source Says
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Microsoft Will Let Companies Create their own Custom Versions of ChatGPT, Source Says

Microsoft plans to release technology to help big companies launch their own chatbots using the OpenAI ChatGPT technology, a person familiar with the plans told...

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...

Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom
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Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom

It has long had technology to rival chatbots like ChatGPT, but can't afford to back artificial intelligence that can spread misinformation and toxic content.

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...

Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search
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Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search

Microsoft is building AI technology based on the same foundation as ChatGPT into search, Edge, Office, and other products.
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