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Allowing ML to Ask Questions Can Make It Smarter
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Allowing ML to Ask Questions Can Make It Smarter

Biomedical engineers at Duke University have improved the accuracy of machine learning (ML) algorithms for molecular biology and drug development.

Gigantic Telescope Adopts Intelligent Maintenance Robots
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Gigantic Telescope Adopts Intelligent Maintenance Robots

Five "intelligent" robot systems and platforms have been cleared by authorities to maintain China's Five-hundred-meter Aperture Spherical Radio Telescope (FAST)...

Cigna Accused of Improperly Rejecting Thousands of Patient Claims Using Algorithm
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Cigna Accused of Improperly Rejecting Thousands of Patient Claims Using Algorithm

A federal class-action lawsuit accuses health insurer Cigna of using a computer algorithm to automatically reject hundreds of thousands of patient claims.

AI Luggage for People with Visual Impairments Nets Rave Reviews
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AI Luggage for People with Visual Impairments Nets Rave Reviews

The AI Suitcase offers features that surpass those of traditional smartphone guidance systems, providing enhanced safety and environmental awareness.

The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here
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The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here

The long-anticipated automation revolution has begun. Robots are ready to operate forklifts and do laundry. It's not as scary as it sounds.

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations
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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations

American intelligence officials believe the malware could give China the power to disrupt or slow American deployments or resupply operations, including during...

OpenAI Discontinues Its AI Writing Detector Due to 'Low Rate of Accuracy'
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OpenAI Discontinues Its AI Writing Detector Due to 'Low Rate of Accuracy'

Research shows that any AI writing detector can be defeated—and false positives abound.

How Researchers Broke ChatGPT and What It Could Mean for Future AI Development
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How Researchers Broke ChatGPT and What It Could Mean for Future AI Development

Researchers bypassed the safety guardrails for ChatGPT, Bard, and Claude with a series of adversarial attacks.

AI Helps Scientists Eavesdrop on Endangered Pink Dolphin
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AI Helps Scientists Eavesdrop on Endangered Pink Dolphin

Acoustic tracking technology could feed into conservation projects in the Amazon and beyond.

Using Cameras on Transit Buses to Monitor Traffic
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Using Cameras on Transit Buses to Monitor Traffic

Ohio State University researchers monitored traffic using cameras already installed on the Campus Area Bus Service's transit buses.

Breakthrough in Monte Carlo Computer Simulations
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Breakthrough in Monte Carlo Computer Simulations

A new algorithm uses Monte Carlo computer simulations more efficiently to explore nonequilibrium systems with long-range interactions.

Laser Mapping Reveals Forgotten Maya City
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Laser Mapping Reveals Forgotten Maya City

Laser-mapping technology uncovered a long-lost Mayan city in the jungles of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula.

This Tool could Protect Your Pictures from AI Manipulation
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This Tool could Protect Your Pictures from AI Manipulation

PhotoGuard, created by researchers at MIT, alters photos in ways that are imperceptible to us but stops AI systems from tinkering with them.

That's Funny—but AI Models Don't Get the Joke
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That's Funny—but AI Models Don't Get the Joke

A multi-institutional team of scientists tested artificial intelligence models' ability to understand humor.

Robot Boosts Solar Energy Research
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Robot Boosts Solar Energy Research

Scientists developed a new robot for advancing semiconductor materials discovery.

At Wagner's Festival, New Technology Reveals a Leadership Rift
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At Wagner's Festival, New Technology Reveals a Leadership Rift

The use of augmented reality in a production of the opera "Parsifal" opening Germany's Bayreuth Festival has incited a financial and philosophical dispute.

Stretchy Integrated Electronics May Be Possible with Sandwiched Semiconductor
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Stretchy Integrated Electronics May Be Possible with Sandwiched Semiconductor

An international research team engineered a sandwiched semiconductor to provide elasticity to integrated electronics.

Getting to the Root of the Problem In Tree Digital Twin Models
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Getting to the Root of the Problem In Tree Digital Twin Models

A new computational model simulates the coordinated three-dimensional development of trees and their roots.

Researchers Demonstrate 'Unconditionally Secure' Quantum Digital Payments
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Researchers Demonstrate 'Unconditionally Secure' Quantum Digital Payments

The research represents a possible breakthrough in quantum communications and, potentially, the onset of the era of quantum fintech.

Concerns Grow about MFA Bypass Attacks
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Concerns Grow about MFA Bypass Attacks

Cybercriminals increasingly are using specially crafted attacks to bypass Multi-Factor authentication.
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