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Google Says Its AI Supercomputer with TPU v4 Chips Outperforms Nvidia's A100 in Speed
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Google Says Its AI Supercomputer with TPU v4 Chips Outperforms Nvidia's A100 in Speed

Google claims the supercomputers used for training its artificial intelligence models are faster and more energy-efficient than those employed by multinational...

Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers
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Crystal Impervious to Radiation Could be Used in Spaceship Computers

Putting two forms of semiconductor material called gallium oxide together seems to make it completely resistant to radiation.

Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials
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Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials

A new computational model may be used to predict which metal-organic framework structures will be most stable for a given application.

Man Ends His Life After AI Chatbot 'Encouraged' Him to Sacrifice Himself to Stop Climate Change
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Man Ends His Life After AI Chatbot 'Encouraged' Him to Sacrifice Himself to Stop Climate Change

A Belgian man reportedly took his own life after conversing with an artificial intelligence chatbot on the Chai app about his climate anxiety.

Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird
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Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird

Good weird! Skip the small talk in a driverless EV and enjoy the audio cues that will guide you through a ride and keep you safe.

The Case for Banning Crypto
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The Case for Banning Crypto

For Finance, the blockchain's risks far outweigh its rewards.

AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind
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AI is Teaching Us New, Surprising Things About the Human Mind

Scientists are gaining new insights into the human mind though artificial intelligence, including the mechanism of communication between neurons, and the roots...

Computer Made of DNA Works Out Prime Factors of 6 and 15
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Computer Made of DNA Works Out Prime Factors of 6 and 15

Researchers at China's Shanghai Jiao Tong University developed a simple computer using molecules of folded DNA that was able to split the numbers 6 and 15 into...

Japan Quantum Computer Debut Sets Off Scramble for Tech Breakthroughs
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Japan Quantum Computer Debut Sets Off Scramble for Tech Breakthroughs

On March 27, Japan's RIKEN research institute began granting cloud access to its quantum computer to outside users.

AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings
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AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have created a new digital hurricane modeling technique that more accurately simulates storm trajectory...

Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones
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Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones

University of Washington researchers have created a prediabetes screening tool that taps the capacitive touch-sensing capabilities of smartphones to measure blood...

The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing
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The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing

Computers have been digital for half a century. Why would anyone want to resurrect the clunkers of yesteryear?

Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers
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Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers

Researchers developed a device that could enable multiple quantum computers to be networked together by converting quantum outputs into light signals that can travel...

Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think
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Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think

Researchers used eye-tracking software to analyze building inspectors' gaze patterns to gain insights into safety assessment behaviors.

Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot
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Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot

Keirzo has absorbed recordings of a range of different drummers, and is practicing and merging various techniques to develop its own playing style.

For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms
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For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms

Washington seeks to steer the semiconductor supply chain using 'guardrails' under the Chips Act.

Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools
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Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools

Media executives want compensation for use of their content in ChatGPT, Bing and Bard.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics
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Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics

North Carolina State University researchers have created a caterpillar-like soft robot that can locomote forward, backward, and duck under cramped areas.
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