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A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You
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A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You

The Calico assistive robot developed by researchers at the University of Maryland can be worn on the user's clothes, where it runs along a track to perform various...

Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?
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Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?

Fast-food chains like White Castle are deploying artificial intelligence-enabled chatbots in drive-throughs.

AI Helps Show How the Brain's Fluids Flow
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AI Helps Show How the Brain's Fluids Flow

A team of scientists created artificial intelligence-based velocimetry measurements to quantify the flow of fluids around cerebral blood vessels in the human brain...

How A.I. Is Helping Architects Change Workplace Design
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How A.I. Is Helping Architects Change Workplace Design

With more hybrid workers and new office needs, firms like Zaha Hadid Architects are turning to artificial intelligence for solutions.

Keeping Hackers Off the Electrical Grid
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Keeping Hackers Off the Electrical Grid

Protecting electrical power delivery networks from incursions.

Mercedes Bringing ChatGPT into its Cars
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Mercedes Bringing ChatGPT into its Cars

German automaker Mercedes-Benz has partnered with Microsoft to add ChatGPT generative artificial intelligence software to Mercedes-Benz cars in the U.S.

Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour
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Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour

Scientists from Google DeepMind evaluated the agility of quadripedal robots with a dog-agility-inspired course called Barkour.

Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats
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Food Producers Band Together in Face of Cyber Threats

Executives of U.S. food and agriculture companies say they are collaboratively formalizing information-sharing to fortify themselves against escalating cybersecurity...

Renault-Led Concept Car Offers Cyberattack Protection
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Renault-Led Concept Car Offers Cyberattack Protection

French automaker Renault partnered with five French companies to deliver a concept car that features advanced biometry, energy efficiency, and cybersecurity protection...

JPL Creates PDF Archive to Aid Malware Research
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JPL Creates PDF Archive to Aid Malware Research

Data scientists have compiled 8 million PDFs into an open source archive for enhancing online security.

The AI Boom Has Silicon Valley on Another Manic Quest to Change the World
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The AI Boom Has Silicon Valley on Another Manic Quest to Change the World

A guide to the new AI technologies, evangelists, skeptics, and everyone else caught up in the flood of cash and enthusiasm reshaping the industry.

Quantum Computing Advance Begins New Era, IBM Says
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Quantum Computing Advance Begins New Era, IBM Says

A quantum computer came up with better answers to a physics problem than a conventional supercomputer.

They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out
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They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out

Google contract workers employed by Appen alleged Wednesday that they were fired after raising concerns about AI and their working conditions.

U.S. Government Agencies Hit in Global Cyberattack
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U.S. Government Agencies Hit in Global Cyberattack

The news adds to a growing tally of victims of a sprawling hacking campaign that began two weeks ago and has hit major U.S. universities and state governments. ...

Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans
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Robotic Dog Spots Invasive Fire Ant Nests Better Than Humans

Scientists in China and Brazil are testing robotic dogs and artificial intelligence (AI) to detect invasive fire ant nests.

Wireless Olfactory Feedback System Lets Users Smell in VR World
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Wireless Olfactory Feedback System Lets Users Smell in VR World

Scientistsvhave created a wireless olfactory feedback system that incorporates smells into virtual and augmented reality via miniaturized odor generators (OGs)....

Optical-Grade Glass 3-D Printed at the Nanoscale
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Optical-Grade Glass 3-D Printed at the Nanoscale

Engineers have three-dimensionally-printed nanoscale optical-grade glass at low temperature using a new technique.

Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power
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Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power

Brussels brought a new antitrust challenge against Google on the same day European lawmakers voted to approve the E.U. AI Act.

Feds Tell Automakers Not to Comply with Mass. 'Right to Repair' Law
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Feds Tell Automakers Not to Comply with Mass. 'Right to Repair' Law

The state's right to repair law requires open access to telematics services.

Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires
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Nano-Tattoos Don't Need Batteries or Wires

Backscattering-based nano-tattoo sensor tattoos can communicate with nearby devices without needing batteries or wires.
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