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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades
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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades

A humanoid robot developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can be controlled by giving text prompts to the large language model GPT-4.

Datacenters Could Work as Well with Less Cooling
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Datacenters Could Work as Well with Less Cooling

Researchers found running datacenters at higher temperatures could reduce their energy consumption significantly while maintaining computational performance.

Starlink Carbon Footprint Up to 30 Times Size of Land-Based Internet
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Starlink Carbon Footprint Up to 30 Times Size of Land-Based Internet

Researchers calculated a significant carbon footprint for some Internet service-providing satellite constellations.

Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People
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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People

Scientists evaluated eight artificial intelligence-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research, and found they may have difficulty detecting children...

From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?
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From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?

Physicists are using quantum computers to conjure exotic phenomena and claiming their creations are truly real.

Robot Injects Drugs into Back of Eyeball More Accurately Than Surgeons
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Robot Injects Drugs into Back of Eyeball More Accurately Than Surgeons

The Steady Hand Eye Robot can inject drugs into the back of the eyeball faster and more accurately than surgeons to treat retinal vein occlusion, according to Johns...

Quantum Twist on Common Computer Algorithm Promises Speed Boost
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Quantum Twist on Common Computer Algorithm Promises Speed Boost

Scientists have demonstrated that a quantum version of the popular Monte Carlo algorithm could eventually overtake versions running on classical computers.

Microsoft Says Its Weird New Particle Could Improve Quantum Computers
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Microsoft Says Its Weird New Particle Could Improve Quantum Computers

Researchers at Microsoft say they have created elusive quasiparticles called Majorana zero modes–but scientists outside the company are skeptical.

Robot Grows Plants as Well as Humans, but Uses Less Water
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Robot Grows Plants as Well as Humans, but Uses Less Water

Researchers at the University of California, Berkeley, developed a robot gardener that can grow plants as capably as humans, while saving more water.
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