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The Unique Promise of 'Biological Computers'
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The Unique Promise of 'Biological Computers'

Scientists envision biological computers as technology that could help researchers meet challenges in previously inaccessible domains.

Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way
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Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way

Despite the drawbacks of turning to artificial intelligence in medicine, some physicians find that ChatGPT improves their ability to communicate empathetically...

'What The Duck' No More
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'What The Duck' No More

Apple will stop autocorrecting your favorite swear word.

Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device
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Sound-Based Quantum Computers Could Be Built Using Chip-Sized Device

University of Chicago researchers have confirmed the feasibility of building sound-based quantum computers.

Technology Aims to Prevent Falls for Elderly
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Technology Aims to Prevent Falls for Elderly

The Move More Live More project in Northern Ireland aims to prevent falls by the elderly by predicting risks that contribute to falls weeks ahead of time.

3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun
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3D Computer Modeling Generates a Facial Approximation of Tutankhamun

An international team of researchers has reconstructed the skull and soft tissue of the Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun using three-dimensional computer modeling methods...

Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels
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Algorithm Uses Phone Camera to Detect Blood Oxygen Levels

Purdue University researchers have developed an algorithm to improve the speed and accuracy of medical diagnoses using smartphone sensors.

'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco
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'Incompetent' Driverless Cars Wreak Havoc on San Francisco

In San Francisco, autonomous vehicles from Cruise and Waymo undergoing "rigorous" training on local roadways are raising safety concerns among residents.

Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel
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Drone Taxis Take First Test Spin in Israel

Israel has begun test flights of autonomous aircraft for heavy cargo, and eventually passenger transport, as part of a two-year, government-led project to manage...

DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing
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DeepMind AI's New Way to Sort Objects Could Speed up Global Computing

Sorting algorithms are basic functions used constantly by computers around the world, so an improved one could make millions of programs run faster.

Linux Foundation Europe Launches the RISC-V Software Ecosystem Project
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Linux Foundation Europe Launches the RISC-V Software Ecosystem Project

The Linux Foundation's European branch has launched the RISC-V Software Ecosystem (RISE) Project.

Machine Learning Turns Up COVID Surprise
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Machine Learning Turns Up COVID Surprise

Researchers using machine learning to analyze daily pneumonia cases in an intensive care unit gained surprising insights about COVID-19 patients.

You Can Make Carbon Dioxide Filters with a 3D Printer
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You Can Make Carbon Dioxide Filters with a 3D Printer

North Carolina State University researchers have developed a way to three-dimensionally (3D)-print carbon dioxide capture filters.

Organizing Unstructured Data
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Organizing Unstructured Data

Vector databases, commonly used for similarity search and product recommendations, are a shining light in the era of Artificial Intelligence.

Humans Help Computers Spot Bursts from Space
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Humans Help Computers Spot Bursts from Space

Citizen scientists mined radio astronomy data from the ThunderKAT survey to discover new sources of sporadic space emissions that computer algorithms missed.

Singapore Plans Nationwide Network to Protect Against Future Quantum Threats
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Singapore Plans Nationwide Network to Protect Against Future Quantum Threats

Telecommunication companies in Singapore plan  to overhaul existing fiber networks to protect themselves, and their customers, from future quantum computer attacks...

Uber Eats Food-Delivery Robots Set for Use in Multiple U.S. Cities
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Uber Eats Food-Delivery Robots Set for Use in Multiple U.S. Cities

Service robot company Serve Robotics said Uber Eats will deploy up to 2,000 of its food-delivery robots to deliver food in cities in the U.S. and Canada by next...

Pioneer of Multicore Processor Design Receives ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award
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Pioneer of Multicore Processor Design Receives ACM-IEEE CS Eckert-Mauchly Award

Stanford University Professor Kunle Olukotun made computer processors more efficient and developed pivotal technologies for machine learning.

Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working
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Probabilistic AI That Knows How Well It's Working

A new technique produces artificial intelligence (AI) inference algorithms that can generate explanations for data and calculate their accuracy.

Robot Centipedes Go for a Walk
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Robot Centipedes Go for a Walk

Engineers have created a centipede-like walking robot that can navigate through dynamic instability.
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