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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.

Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership
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Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership

Many sites get at least half their traffic from search engines. Fuller results generated by new chatbots could mean far fewer visitors.

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...

The Technion Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv
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The Technion Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv

In addition to his scientific achievements, Ziv will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and dedication to the next generation of scientists.

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.

Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands
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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands

Wenlong Li and colleagues at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have transformed Venus flytraps into biological robots.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance
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Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance

In its bid to catch up with Starlink, the company plans to build as many as four satellites a day.

'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality
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'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality

With Microsoft's HoloLens and a special application developed by MIT researchers, AR can be used to find hidden objects.

VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?
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VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?

VR therapy has been studied since the 1990s. But as of 2023, we're still talking about its potential.

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
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Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...

Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System
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Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System

Virtual landowners have found a way to put their investments to work, but with unintended consequences.

Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices
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Researchers Reveal Inaudible Remote Cyber-Attacks on Voice Assistant Devices

Researchers developed the Near-Ultrasound Inaudible Trojan to show how hackers can exploit the vulnerabilities of smart device microphones and voice assistants...

Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage
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Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage

Artificial muscles created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can enable insect-sized aerial robots to repair themselves following damage.

Math Answers Behavior of Bat Ears, Inspiring Real-World Upgrade on Batman's Tech
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Math Answers Behavior of Bat Ears, Inspiring Real-World Upgrade on Batman's Tech

Bioengineers at Japan's Hiroshima University developed a mathematical model of bat ears' echolocation-related movements to ascertain the optimal pinnae motions...

. . . And the Computer Plays Along
From Communications of the ACM

. . . And the Computer Plays Along

Software can improvise on the spot to accompany the performance of live musicians.

Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down
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Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down

Mastodon is just the start—here comes the Fediverse.

Capturing What is Said
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Capturing What is Said

Artificial intelligence is boosting the capabilities of automatic speech recognition.

William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83
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William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83

One of the first people to receive a graduate degree in the field, Wulf helped to adapt an early Pentagon communications web into the network that eventually grew...

Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues
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Password Mismanagement Still at the Heart of Security Issues

Government employees in the United States and internationally often reuse passwords for their work and personal accounts, according to researchers at threat intelligence...
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