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A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You
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A Wearable Robotic Assistant That's All Over You

The Calico assistive robot developed by researchers at the University of Maryland can be worn on the user's clothes, where it runs along a track to perform various...

Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour
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Benchmarking Robots with Dog-Inspired Barkour

Scientists from Google DeepMind evaluated the agility of quadripedal robots with a dog-agility-inspired course called Barkour.

Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch
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Ostrich-Inspired Robot Gives Its Neck a Stretch

Researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo have developed a robotic manipulator based on the muscles and tendons in an ostrich's neck.

Industry Out of Phase With Supercomputers
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Industry Out of Phase With Supercomputers

Chip-industry changes threaten U.S. supercomputing.

Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready
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Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready

What the Avatar XPrize revealed about the future of telepresence robots.

Organoid Intelligence: Computing on the Brain
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Organoid Intelligence: Computing on the Brain

Researchers have proposed using brain organoids—spherical masses cultured from neural tissue—as computational systems.

AI Can't Take Over Everyone's Jobs Soon (If Ever)
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AI Can't Take Over Everyone's Jobs Soon (If Ever)

Models are still expensive to run, hard to use, and frequently wrong.

Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite
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Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite

University of Chicago researchers reduced the rate of catastrophic quantum computing errors attributable to cosmic rays from about once every 10 seconds to once...

Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI
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Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI

Battery-inspired artificial synapses are gaining ground.

Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro
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Goalkeeping Robot Dog Tends Net Like a Pro

The Mini Cheetah robotic goalie developed by scientists in the University of California, Berkeley's Hybrid Robotics Lab can save 87.5% of shots taken on goal.

Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?
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Will Moths Inspire a New Kind of Microphone?

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Strathclyde created a simulated ear to study the hearing system of the lesser wax moth, Achroia grisella.

'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes
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'Qudit' Computers Go Beyond Ones and Zeroes

New machine works with eight qudits, each capable of encoding seven states at once.

The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges
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The Webb Space Telescope's Profound Data Challenges

The James Webb Space Telescope's data-collecting operations present a number of challenges, including dependence on a reliable communications subsystem.

D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud
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D-Wave's 500-Qubit Machine Hits the Cloud

Experimental prototype offers sneak peek of 7,000-qubit quantum computer.

Quantum Computing for Dummies
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Quantum Computing for Dummies

New guide helps beginners run quantum algorithms on IBM's quantum computers over the cloud.

New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously
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New Transceiver Receives Power, Data Simultaneously

Researchers have developed a 64-element millimeter-wave-band phased-array transceiver that transmits and receives data while receiving power at the same time.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers have developed a method of calculating the carbon emissions of artificial intelligence systems that boasts greater accuracy.

Photonic Quantum Computer Claims Speedup 'Advantage'
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Photonic Quantum Computer Claims Speedup 'Advantage'

Quantum-powered cloud is 7,800,000,000,000,000x as fast, for some problems, as a supercomputer.

Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking
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Comparing AI Reasoning with Human Thinking

Researchers have developed a method for comparing the reasoning of artificial intelligence software with that of human thinking, to better understand the AI's decision...

Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime
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Robotic Rat Climbs, Crawls, Turns on a Dime

Qing Shi and colleagues at China's Beijing Institute of Technology built a rat-inspired robot that can squeeze through tight spaces, which could be used to assess...
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