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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'
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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'

MIT engineers have formulated a method of controlling the spins of atomic nuclei as quantum bits using two different-colored laser beams.

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
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Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.

Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing
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Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing

Google's team said it had demonstrated that a system using error-correcting code can detect and fix errors without affecting the information.

Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'
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Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'

New study shows how infants are more adept at spotting motivations that drive human behavior.

MXenes Shield EMI, More
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MXenes Shield EMI, More

Feather-light yet providing near-total shielding capability, MXenes effectively conduct electricity, tune frequencies, and enhance the integrity of communications...

A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool
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A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool

A wireless technique enables a super-cold quantum computer to send and receive data without generating too much error-causing heat.

Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It
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Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It

A Rutgers University food scientist and his research team three-dimensionally printed low-fat chocolate.

German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful
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German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful

A top German court has ruled that police use of automated data analysis to prevent crime in some German states violates their constitutions.

In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving
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In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving

University of California, Berkeley researchers found simple head and hand movements by participants in the Metaverse can expose their identities.

Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76
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Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76

He combined linguistics, cognitive science and computing with the goal of "trying to understand the nature of the human mind."

Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers
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Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers

Enterprise technology chiefs still have questions about the security and governance of the code-writing programs.

Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient
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Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient

Despite an uncertain outlook, corporations plan to continue investing in their digital projects — a source of stability for the economy.

Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI
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Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI

Microsoft has implemented significant restrictions on Bing AI to crack down on its peculiar and sometimes unsettling outputs.

Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."

How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language
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How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language

For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.

Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal
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Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal

South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have issued a free software patch to owners of 8.3 million 2015-2019 models in order to thwart car thieves.

North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders
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North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders

The Association for Advanced Automation reports slightly more than 44,100 robots were ordered by North American companies, mainly in the U.S., last year, up 11%...

Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation
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Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation

Executives of brain-computer interface developers warned of excessive government regulation.

German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing
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German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing

The systems were deemed unconstitutional as they violated the right to informational self-determination.

Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails
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Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails

Big Tech is heralding chatbots as the next frontier. Why did Microsoft's start accosting its users?
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