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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data

Rather than obtaining a warrant, the bureau purchased sensitive data—a controversial practice that privacy advocates say is deeply problematic.

Meet DuckAssist, DuckDuckGo's New AI Feature
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Meet DuckAssist, DuckDuckGo's New AI Feature

DuckAssist isn't a chatbot, but it uses artificial intelligence to help answer your questions.

Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications
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Breakthrough Enables Perfectly Secure Digital Communications

A new algorithm hides sensitive information in a way that makes it impossible to detect anything has been concealed.

System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract
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System Like 3D GPS Tracks Pill Cams Through GI Tract

Researchers have created a system that three-dimensionally tracks wireless ingestible devices throughout the gastrointestinal tract.

Suspicion Machines
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Suspicion Machines

Unprecedented experiment on welfare surveillance algorithm reveals discrimination.

The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers
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The U.K. Is Using Drones to Prosecute Small-Boat Migrant Smugglers

The U.K. Home Office has used drones since late 2019 to monitor large areas of the English Channel.

The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse
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The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse

Real estate builders and investors envision the metaverse as the new housing market, with contractors like Gabe Sierra offering virtual twins of the properties...

Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study
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Cutting Down on Instagram, TikTok Makes Teens Feel Better About Weight, Appearance, Says Study

Researchers found reducing time on social media could improve teens' self-esteem and body image.

Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss
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Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss

Hungary has become a major testing ground for A.I. software to spot cancer, as doctors debate whether the technology will replace them in medical jobs.

The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains
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The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains

Companies like Paradromics and Synchron are competing with Elon Musk's Neuralink to design a brain implant that can communicate with computers.

Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors
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Quantum Computers That Use 'Cat Qubits' May Make Fewer Errors

Researchers in France found so-called "cat qubits” (quantum bits) could reduce errors by quantum computers and accelerate the cracking of common encryption algorithms...

Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions
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Computers That Power Self-Driving Cars Could Drive Global Carbon Emissions

Researchers found the computational needs of self-driving cars could drive a significant increase in global carbon emissions.

How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development
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How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development

In the future, specifying a drug target may be like sitting down to ChatGPT. After a few clicks, you'll have your novel therapeutic.

African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future
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African Girls Can Code Initiative Builds Digital Skills, Momentum Towards Better Future

The African Girls Can Code Initiative holds coding camps to teach girls across Africa digital skills.

The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up
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The Race to Build AI-Powered Humanoids Is Heating Up

Robotics companies aim to create machines like startup Figure's just-unveiled Figure 01 bipedal humanoid robot to take on manual labor currently performed by humans...

How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution
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How a Small Class at Caltech Helped Launch a Computer Revolution

Carver Mead will delivery his Kyoto Prize Presentation on March 15.

How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients
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How Doctors Use AI to Help Diagnose Patients

Artificial intelligence is enhancing physicians' diagnostic abilities to better identify patients who might be vulnerable to certain ailments.

Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot
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Solving Pompeii's Shattered Puzzles with Israeli Robot

A robot and algorithm developed at Israel's Ben-Gurion University will be used to reassemble 15,000 stones that had been part of elaborate frescoes in Pompeii before...

DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration
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DHS' Biometric Rally Reveals Strong Capabilities Reliant on Camera Configuration

The Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate released results from its 2022 Biometric Technology Rally to assess the accuracy of facial...

What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse
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What Gucci, Others Learned from the Metaverse

Luxury retailers are capitalizing on the metaverse, with some using the virtual environment to identify trends and roll out new products.
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