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AI Cough-Monitoring Can Change the Way We Diagnose Disease
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AI Cough-Monitoring Can Change the Way We Diagnose Disease

Hyfe AI's database of over 700 million cough samples could be used to improve disease diagnosis and treatment.

The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow
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The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow

Veterinary telemedicine could help more pet owners access much-needed care and put anxious animals at ease, but challenges remain.

The Women Who Left Their Jobs to Code
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The Women Who Left Their Jobs to Code

Some U.K. women are defying the trend of lower female representation in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) compared to men by becoming programmers...

How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains
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How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains

Firms are turning to advanced technologies to help answer a surprisingly tricky question: Where do products really come from?

China Offers Joined-Up Rail Ticketing to 'Belt and Road' Countries
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China Offers Joined-Up Rail Ticketing to 'Belt and Road' Countries

The China Academy of Railway Sciences Corporation is offering a ticketing system that unifies different ticket selling platforms in more than 140 countries in a...

Samsung Workers Made a Major Error by Using ChatGPT
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Samsung Workers Made a Major Error by Using ChatGPT

Samsung meeting notes and new source code are now in the wild after being leaked in ChatGPT.

Preschoolers Prefer Learning from a Competent Robot Than an Incompetent Human
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Preschoolers Prefer Learning from a Competent Robot Than an Incompetent Human

"By age five, children are choosing to learn from a competent teacher over someone who is more familiar to them—even if the competent teacher is a robot."

Man Ends His Life After AI Chatbot 'Encouraged' Him to Sacrifice Himself to Stop Climate Change
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Man Ends His Life After AI Chatbot 'Encouraged' Him to Sacrifice Himself to Stop Climate Change

A Belgian man reportedly took his own life after conversing with an artificial intelligence chatbot on the Chai app about his climate anxiety.

Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird
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Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird

Good weird! Skip the small talk in a driverless EV and enjoy the audio cues that will guide you through a ride and keep you safe.

Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?
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Can Digital Wallets Save Cryptocurrency?

Seeking a better deal for bitcoin and its ilk in Web3 and the Metaverse.

Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns
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Italy Bans ChatGPT Over Privacy Concerns

Move prompted by a recent data breach that exposed the personal information of ChatGPT users.

The Case for Banning Crypto
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The Case for Banning Crypto

For Finance, the blockchain's risks far outweigh its rewards.

Scientists Use 3D-Printed Biodegradable Structures to Halt Erosion
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Scientists Use 3D-Printed Biodegradable Structures to Halt Erosion

Researchers at Australia's Deakin University aim to stop erosion with three-dimensionally printed biodegradable lattices made from potato starch derived from industrial...

Japan Quantum Computer Debut Sets Off Scramble for Tech Breakthroughs
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Japan Quantum Computer Debut Sets Off Scramble for Tech Breakthroughs

On March 27, Japan's RIKEN research institute began granting cloud access to its quantum computer to outside users.

Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail
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Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail

A man falsely accused of theft in a state he said he had never even visited.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.
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A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has...

The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership
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Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership

Many sites get at least half their traffic from search engines. Fuller results generated by new chatbots could mean far fewer visitors.

Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers
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Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers

Researchers developed a device that could enable multiple quantum computers to be networked together by converting quantum outputs into light signals that can travel...

Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress
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Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress

Scientists at the University of South Australia are creating virtual reality maps of forest plantations to advance forestry management.
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