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The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines
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The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines

Advances in technology will soon allow us to build machines that replicate themselves and evolve like living beings.

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List
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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical...

Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing
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Waymo Opens Robotaxi Service in San Francisco for Ride Hailing

Google's sister company offers driver-supported rides to some residents in business model test case.

For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road
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For Robot Trucks, Navigating Highways Is Just One Bump in the Road

Investors have rushed into startups that promise to have big rigs drive themselves, but a path to commercial markets remains a major challenge.

Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage
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Winemakers Tap AI to Salvage Grapes as Wildfires Rage

Software startup Tastry Inc. has developed an artificial intelligence model that can help California winemakers salvage grapes damaged by wildfire smoke.

China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws
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China Passes One of the World's Strictest Data-Privacy Laws

China's top legislative body has passed a law requiring those handling the personal data of Chinese citizens to minimize data collection and obtain prior consent...

Toyota to Cut Output as Chip Shortage Finally Catches Up to It
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Toyota to Cut Output as Chip Shortage Finally Catches Up to It

The automaker says it will cut production in Japan by 40% in September.

L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual
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L'Oréal's New Digital Chief Takes Cosmetics Virtual

Asmita Dubey is exploring how online games, augmented reality and social media can help the French cosmetics company reach new demographics.

Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly
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Your Next Car May Anticipate Your Needs—and Let You Add Features on the Fly

From peppier engines for road trips to heated steering wheels in winter, automakers are developing intelligent vehicles that spot motorists' wants and let them...

The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors
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The Really Critical Infrastructure Need: American-Made Semiconductors

About 40% of new chip-production capacity projected to be added in the next decade will be in China.

Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data
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Companies Beef Up AI Models with Synthetic Data

Companies are building synthetic datasets when real-world data is unavailable to train artificial intelligence models to identify anomalies.

How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave
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How Olympic Surfing Is Trying to Ride the Machine Learning Wave

As surfing completes its first-ever Olympic ride, the sport is poised for another sea change thanks to artificial intelligence and big data.

How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives
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How Computers with Humanlike Senses Will Change Our Lives

Artificial intelligence's sensory perceptions are advancing toward humanlike capabilities through customized sensors, machine learning, and neural networks.

What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones
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What's Worse Than a Chip Shortage? Buying Fake Ones

Global semiconductor shortage attracts fraudsters, counterfeits; 'Of course, a bunch of them didn't work,' a buyer says

Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters
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Faces Are the Next Target for Fraudsters

Facial recognition systems increasingly are a target for fraudsters.

Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.
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Buzz Off, Bees. Pollination Robots Are Here.

Advances in artificial intelligence are helping some startups develop another way to pollinate plants, which could increase yield compared with insects and human...

Short-Staffed Restaurants Prop Up Table Service with Technology
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Short-Staffed Restaurants Prop Up Table Service with Technology

Casual-dining chains increasingly are using technology for contactless ordering and payment, streamlining the ordering process and helping compensate for a shortage...

AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow
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AI's Role in Debugging Code Expected to Grow

Technology companies are developing artificial intelligence (AI)-based tools to debug code as software maintenance becomes ever more challenging.

Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws
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Facebook, Twitter, Google Threaten to Quit Hong Kong Over Proposed Data Laws

Facebook, Twitter, and Google have threatened to halt service to Hong Kong if the city's government revises its data protection laws to make the companies liable...

Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits
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Japan's In-Home Robot Experiment Short Circuits

A lack of demand prompted Japan's SoftBank Robotics Group to cease manufacturing the Pepper humanoid robot in August 2020, the company said this week.
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