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AR Art Takes Over British City
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AR Art Takes Over British City

The U.K. city of Sheffield has transformed its rooftops into an augmented reality-based art display.

Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers
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Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers

The billionaire plans to compete with OpenAI, the ChatGPT developer he helped found, while calling out the potential harms of artificial intelligence.

Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram
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Brazil Judge Orders Temporary Suspension of Telegram

The development comes as the country grapples with a wave of school attacks.

EU Lawmakers Pass Draft of AI Act
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EU Lawmakers Pass Draft of AI Act

The legislation includes copyright rules for generative artificial intelligence.

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

Chip-industry changes threaten U.S. supercomputing.

Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts
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Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts

It's time to reform the U.S. legal system.

Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together
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Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together

Scientists at Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the U.K.'s University of Glasgow led research to help pet parrots communicate...

New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers
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New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers

Researchers in Austria, Germany, and the U.K. have developed a simple method for manufacturing high-precision aperiodic photonic volume elements (APVEs).

Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything
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Inflatable Drone Can Bounce Off Walls, Perch on Nearly Anything

Arizona State University researchers have developed an inflatable drone that can perch on nearly any object.

Researchers Develop Small Desktop Robot for Older Adults
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Researchers Develop Small Desktop Robot for Older Adults

The  small desktop robot GTIbot can be used to monitor older adults' physical and mental well-being, and even recommend exercises.

Artificial Intelligence Still Can't Form Concepts
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Artificial Intelligence Still Can't Form Concepts

Concepts and abstraction are key to unlocking AI's full potential.

UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns
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UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns

The U.K. says Microsoft's remedies were not enough to end its concerns.

DIY Neurotech: Making BCI Accessible
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DIY Neurotech: Making BCI Accessible

The costs of hardware required for brain-computer interfaces, particularly electrodes and amplifiers, have made it difficult for researchers outside big tech companies...

Grasping the Future with a Robotic Hand-Arm Combo
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Grasping the Future with a Robotic Hand-Arm Combo

Yale University researchers have created a robotic hand-arm combination that uses algorithms to optimize its degrees of freedom and control though unified movement...

Seltzer Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Technical, Mentoring Contributions
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Seltzer Named ACM Athena Lecturer for Technical, Mentoring Contributions

ACM has named Margo Seltzer of Canada's University of British Columbia the 2023-2024 ACM Athena Lecturer for her pioneering technical contributions and commitment...

Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees
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Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees

An electrochemical transistor made from balsa wood opens up the possibility of embedding sensors and other electronic devices in plants, which could help in agriculture...

PricewaterhouseCoopers to Pour $1 Billion Into Generative AI
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PricewaterhouseCoopers to Pour $1 Billion Into Generative AI

Multiyear investment in U.S. business includes accessing ChatGPT maker OpenAI's language model, training staff in AI capabilities.

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.

How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames
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How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames

Videogame companies are using generative artificial intelligence tools to create next-generation games faster, at less cost, and with more advanced interactivity...

Researchers Combine Electric Poling, 3D Printing into Single Step
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Researchers Combine Electric Poling, 3D Printing into Single Step

The electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing (EPAM) method developed by Purdue Polytechnic Institute researchers combines three-dimensional printing and...
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