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Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses
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Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses

China claims to have made a major breakthrough, but Western experts say any commercial benefits are still years away.

A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time
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A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time

Is it legal?

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans
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Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans

A survey of nearly 1,500 U.S. respondents found Russian Twitter campaigns during the 2016 presidential race primarily reached a small subset of users, most highly...

Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems
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Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems

Utilities are using unmanned drones to inspect power lines and other infrastructure.

Auto Industry Races into Metaverse at CES
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Auto Industry Races into Metaverse at CES

The 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) showcased metaverse technologies designed to enhance the auto industry.

Who Owns the Content AI Creates?
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Who Owns the Content AI Creates?

AI products like GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT, which ingest human content to make new material, raise novel legal and ethical issues.

'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word
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'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word

The pursuit of artificial awareness may be humankind's next moonshot. But it comes with a host of difficult questions.

What's Next for the Chip Industry
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What's Next for the Chip Industry

Aggressive new U.S. policies will be put to the test in 2023. They could ultimately fragment the global semiconductor industry.

Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices
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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices

A new quantum computing architecture can facilitate extensible, high-fidelity communication between superconducting quantum chips.

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice
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Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can instantly determine whether a person has exceeded the legal alcohol limit based on a 12-second recording of that...

Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires
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Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires

Thermal drones are being used by ecologists searching for koala populations in New South Wales, Australia.

Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024
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Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024

The decision by the world's third-largest PC vendor could have a huge impact on the order books of Chinese companies supplying components for desktop PCs and laptops...

Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers
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Chinese Researchers Claim to Break Encryption Using Quantum Computers

Scientists in China are claiming they have found a way for current-generation quantum computers to crack the RSA algorithm underlying the most common form of online...

Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations
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Epidemic Modeling Approach Could Speed Pandemic Simulations

A new epidemic modeling approach could significantly accelerate pandemic simulations.

Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700
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Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Canadian startup Glüxkind showcased its Ella self-driving stroller

NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks
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NYC Education Dept. Blocks ChatGPT on School Devices, Networks

It's unclear if or how many other districts are banning the program.

Tech Layoffs Happening Faster Than at Any Time During the Pandemic
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Tech Layoffs Happening Faster Than at Any Time During the Pandemic

Data tracker Layoffs.fyi estimates technology industry layoffs are occurring at the fastest rate since the pandemic began.

BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul
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BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul

German automaker BMW's latest prototype car showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show features a retooled interior that applies concepts from Apple's future...

Dolphin Wearable Could Find Cost of Habitat Disturbance
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Dolphin Wearable Could Find Cost of Habitat Disturbance

Custom biologging tags have allowed researchers at the University of Michigan and other institutions to measure dolphins' energetic cost of swimming.

Computers Aid Dentistry
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Computers Aid Dentistry

Small-scale CAD/CAM tools are among the high-tech capabilities being added to the arsenals of increasingly digital dentists.
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