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Lighting the Way at Nanometer Scales
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Lighting the Way at Nanometer Scales

Light waves bouncing around could replace a significant portion of digital computation.

A Google AI Model Developed an Unexpected Skill
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A Google AI Model Developed an Unexpected Skill

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's experts call this aspect of AI a "black box."

(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot
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(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot

A study by Cornell University researchers found that the public responded well to two remote-controlled trash barrel robots installed at a Manhattan plaza, one...

Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips
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Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips

Ivan Sutherland, who helped pioneer CMOS semiconductors decades ago, believes the U.S. can regain the global lead in advanced chipmaking.

EU's Landmark MiCA Legislation to Drive Crypto Prices
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EU's Landmark MiCA Legislation to Drive Crypto Prices

Under the new legislation, the EU will have a unified approach to crypto asset regulation across all 27 member states, meaning firms approved in one country can...

What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?
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What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?

ChatGPT and other bots have revived conversations on artificial general intelligence. Scientists say algorithms won't surpass you any time soon.

Patients Were Told Their Voices Could Disappear. They Turned to AI to Save them.
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Patients Were Told Their Voices Could Disappear. They Turned to AI to Save them.

Artificial intelligence can re-create voices that may have otherwise been lost to disease.

Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'
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Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'

Cloud-computing usage at large companies is measured in millions of records a day, making it 'humanly impossible' to keep track of costs.

How Generative Models Could Go Wrong
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How Generative Models Could Go Wrong

A big problem is that they are black boxes.

Turning AI to Crime
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Turning AI to Crime

How cybercriminals use ChatGPT in creating malware and cyberattacks.  

Eco-Computing: Demonstrating the Computational Power of Ecosystems
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Eco-Computing: Demonstrating the Computational Power of Ecosystems

The researchers developed two types of ecological reservoir computing as a proof-of-concept that ecological networks have computational power.

Autonomous Bus Sounds: All About When, Not How
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Autonomous Bus Sounds: All About When, Not How

Cornell University's Malte Jung, and Hannah Pelikan from Sweden's Linköping University, are using sound to improve autonomous buses' navigation and communication...

Oklahoma Businesses Recruit Tech Workers from Ukraine
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Oklahoma Businesses Recruit Tech Workers from Ukraine

A nonprofit based in Tulsa, OK, is recruiting Ukrainians fleeing the Russian invasion for jobs in the region's expanding technology sector.

David Papworth Honored with ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award
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David Papworth Honored with ACM Breakthrough in Computing Award

David B. Papworth has been named to receive the ACM Charles P. "Chuck" Thacker Breakthrough in Computing Award for his work on microprocessors at Intel.

San Jose Plans Robocar Network Instead of Airport Shuttle
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San Jose Plans Robocar Network Instead of Airport Shuttle

The city's exploration of personal rapid transit is a rejection of both traditional trains and the vision of autonomous vehicles traveling on conventional roads...

The Internet Archive's Troubles are Bad News for Book Lovers
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The Internet Archive's Troubles are Bad News for Book Lovers

Increasingly, the future of the Internet Archive looks under threat.

AI Is Coming for Your Fortune Cookies
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AI Is Coming for Your Fortune Cookies

OpenFortune, which deals exclusively in the tiny tickers of printed messages lurking in the clamshell cookies, is now using ChatGPT to produce them.

Robotic Worms Could One Day Dig Beneath Your Feet
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Robotic Worms Could One Day Dig Beneath Your Feet

Scientists are creating earthworm-inspired soft robots, envisioning their flexibility as an advantage for penetrating hard-to-reach areas.

U.K. Police Double Down on 'Improved' Facial Recognition
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U.K. Police Double Down on 'Improved' Facial Recognition

The U.K.'s Metropolitan Police Service and South Wales Police remain commited to using Live Facial Recognition after research revealed "substantial improvement"...

The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin
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The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin

An investigation by The New York Times uncovered 34 large-scale bitcoin mining operations in the U.S., which are straining the power grid, inflating electricity...
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