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AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack
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AI Can Analyze Eye Scans To Identify Risk of Heart Attack

The system—which has 70% to 80% accuracy—predicts if patients are at risk of a heart attack over the next year.

White House Expects Global Chip Shortage to Last at least Another Six Months
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White House Expects Global Chip Shortage to Last at least Another Six Months

"Congress must act," said U.S. Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo.

Google Kills Off FLoC, Replaces It With Topics
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Google Kills Off FLoC, Replaces It With Topics

FLoC, Google's project for replacing cookies for interest-based advertising, is dead.

Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022
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Robot Umpires at Home Plate Moving Up to Triple-A for 2022

Major League Baseball is extending its automated strike zone test to Triple-A, the highest minor-league level, for 2022.

Controlling Complex Systems with AI
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Controlling Complex Systems with AI

Scientists have developed an artificial intelligence system that can solve complex control problems.

IBM Research Reveals Method to Double Size of Quantum Simulations
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IBM Research Reveals Method to Double Size of Quantum Simulations

IBM researchers doubled the size of quantum simulations while halving the number of quantum bits required, via a method called entanglement forging.

A New Language for Quantum Computing
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A New Language for Quantum Computing

Twist is an MIT-developed programming language that can describe and verify which pieces of data are entangled to prevent bugs in a quantum program.

Artificial Intelligence: Digital Pen Helps People Learn to Write
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Artificial Intelligence: Digital Pen Helps People Learn to Write

Teachers are given more freedom for creative and communicative tasks.

Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege
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Google Deceived Consumers about How it Profits from their Location Data, Attorneys General Allege

Complaints allege the company has deployed 'dark patterns,' design tricks that can subtly influence users' decisions in ways that are advantageous for a business...

Machine Learning AI Can Predict COVID-19 Survival From Single Blood Test
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Machine Learning AI Can Predict COVID-19 Survival From Single Blood Test

Levels of 14 proteins in the blood of critically ill COVID-19 patients are associated with survival.

AI's Potential Boon to Businesses
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AI's Potential Boon to Businesses

E-commerce companies can more efficiently organize products and help customers find what they want with artificial intelligence.

First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot
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First Felony Charges in Fatal Crash Involving Autopilot

The driver of a Tesla on Autopilot that ran a red light and killed two people in another car in 2019 faces two counts of vehicular manslaughter.  

Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults
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Robots Rise to Meet the Challenge of Caring for Older Adults

Robotic assistants could be used in nursing and retirement homes to help seniors care for themselves and assist with chores.

How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech
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How Athletes Push Boundaries with Wearable Tech

Wearable technology is being used by an increasing number of athletes to record their physical performance and push themselves to achieve more.

Solving for Why
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Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
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Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger
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Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and the Fight Against World Hunger

Advancements in AI, machine learning, and next-gen technologies are transforming the fight against world hunger.

The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots
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The Rise of A.I. Fighter Pilots

Artificial intelligence is being taught to fly warplanes. Can the technology be trusted?

Quantum Tech: Semiconductor 'Flipped' to Insulator Above Room Temp
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Quantum Tech: Semiconductor 'Flipped' to Insulator Above Room Temp

The discovery could pave the way to high-speed, low-energy quantum computing.

3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures
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3D Robotic Spine 'Twin' Offers Way to Preview Surgical Procedures

Researchers designed a robotic "twin" of a human spine so surgeons can predict how interventions play out before surgery.
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