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 Researchers 3D-Print Miniature Vacuum Pump
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Researchers 3D-Print Miniature Vacuum Pump

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a miniature peristaltic pump, in a step toward producing inexpensive mobile mass...

China's Metaverse Is All About Work
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China's Metaverse Is All About Work

China's government aims to build a metaverse that supports the economy, while its Western counterparts are focused on consumers.

Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch
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Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have developed a robotic manipulator based on the muscles and tendons in an ostrich's neck.

Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation
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Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation

A new irrigation optimization tool can estimate water loss from soil caused by evapotranspiration 100 times faster than state-of-the-art methods, while preserving...

GPT-4 Can't Replace Striking TV Writers, But Studios Are Going to Try
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GPT-4 Can't Replace Striking TV Writers, But Studios Are Going to Try

The desire to replace writers with AI is a symptom of the larger problem that the guild is fighting for—which is that companies do not value writers and their work...

FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data
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FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data

FTC says the company violated 2020 privacy order; proposes new protections for children and teens.

My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion
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My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion

Pi, an A.I. tool that debuted this week, is a twist on the new wave of chatbots: It assists people with their wellness and emotions.

'AI is Taking Your Favorite Radio by Storm': Swiss Station Replaces DJs, Musicians with AI for a Day
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'AI is Taking Your Favorite Radio by Storm': Swiss Station Replaces DJs, Musicians with AI for a Day

A Swiss radio station, which falls under the umbrella of public broadcaster Radio Television Switzerland, notes the concerns about AI — and embraces and seeks to...

Creating More Opportunities for Women in Technology Sector and STEM Education in India
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Creating More Opportunities for Women in Technology Sector and STEM Education in India

According to an AISHE survey, only 11% of engineering graduates in India are women. The percentage of women studying computer science in Indian universities has...

U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.
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U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.

Congress, too, is starting to take a closer look at how to get ahead of the potential cyberthreat of AI.

Apple, Google Partner to Combat Creepy Tracking Tactics
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Apple, Google Partner to Combat Creepy Tracking Tactics

Apple and Google jointly proposed new standards for combatting clandestine surveillance through Bluetooth object-tracking devices like Apple's AirTag.

Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects
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Smart Glasses Dim Bright Objects

Camera- and liquid-crystal display-equipped smart glasses can "balance" a scene by dimming bright objects without affecting dim ones.

Transformative Innovations Recognized
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Transformative Innovations Recognized

ACM celebrates individuals whose work has impacted datacenter networks, software, algorithms, and AI.

Fear Not the Deadlines, Research Finds
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Fear Not the Deadlines, Research Finds

Analysis suggests the presence or absence of deadlines does not affect people's stress levels.

ASML, Eindhoven Tech University to Build Research Facility
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ASML, Eindhoven Tech University to Build Research Facility

European technology company ASML Holding announced it will partner with Eindhoven Technical University (TU Eindhoven) in the Netherlands to establish a new research...

Researchers Flesh Out Biocomputing
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Researchers Flesh Out Biocomputing

Drawing Intelligence from actual brain cells could deliver human-like cognition in diverse fields.

A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading
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A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading

In a recent experiment, researchers used large language models to translate brain activity into words.

Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?
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Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a robot that can paint an abstract acrylic. Is it art?

G7 Digital Ministers Agree to Pursue Responsible AI as ChatGPT Booms
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G7 Digital Ministers Agree to Pursue Responsible AI as ChatGPT Booms

How to apply rules to the use of generative AI tools is becoming a pressing issue for governments around the world in the wake of the public debut of OpenAI's ChatGPT...

States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet
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States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet

New age restrictions for minors on sites like TikTok and Pornhub could also hinder adults' access to online services.
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