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Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami
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Uber Eats Launches Robot Delivery Service in Miami

Online food ordering and delivery platform Uber Eats has launched a robot food delivery service in Miami via a partnership with robotics firm Cartken.

Happy Birthday to the Transistor
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Happy Birthday to the Transistor

The final part of a podcast series on the transistor.

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
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Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines
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Noisy Flashing Drone Could Stop Bats Crashing into Wind Turbines

Yuval Werber and colleagues at Israel's University of Haifa invented a drone that makes noise and flashes lights to prevent bats from colliding with turbine blades...

Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans
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Robots Set Their Sights on New Job: Sewing Blue Jeans

Siemens has been working with clothing companies on efforts to automate apparel manufacturing.

Reconfiguring It Out
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Reconfiguring It Out

A researcher plumbs reconfigurable quantum circuits for high-performance computers and cellphones.

Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer
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The World-Changing Race to Develop the Quantum Computer

Such a device could help address climate change and food scarcity, or break the Internet. Will the U.S. or China get there first?

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices
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Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were part of a team that built a new system to simplify the process of designing fluidic devices.

Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon
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Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon

The company, Ispace, is carrying a rover from the United Arab Emirates, a Japanese robot, and other cargo in its bid to possibly be the first commercial lander...

These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode
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These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode

AI trained on reams of geological data can indicate where to dig in search of metals crucial to electric cars and other green technology.

AMD Bets Its Future On Moore's Law
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AMD Bets Its Future On Moore's Law

The company says Moore's Law still has a good 6-8 years of life, thanks to next-generation transistor technologies.

Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI
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Smallest Robotic Arm Is Controlled by AI

Researchers manipulated silver atoms into a lattice configuration via deep reinforcement learning, a critical advance for nanodevice construction.

LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars
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LiDAR Technique Could Help Robotic Vehicles Land Safely on Mars

Researchers at the NASA Langley Research Center have developed a LiDAR technique to improve the safety of robotic vehicle landings during future Mars or lunar missions...

Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite
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Cosmic Rays Are Quantum Computers' Kryptonite

University of Chicago researchers reduced the rate of catastrophic quantum computing errors attributable to cosmic rays from about once every 10 seconds to once...

Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer
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Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer

Scientists have engineered a scaled-up probabilistic computer (p-computer) with stochastic spintronic devices.

San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan
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San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan

The city rolled back a controversial decision to let robots use lethal force without human intervention. But the fight is far from over.

Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring
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Sound-Powered Underwater Camera Could Dramatically Boost Climate Monitoring

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers used sound waves to power a wireless camera underwater, which could help to map the impact of climate change. ...

Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI
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Computing With Chemicals Makes Faster, Leaner AI

Battery-inspired artificial synapses are gaining ground.

Quantum-Circuit Cutting Fills a Gaping Quantum Computing Hole
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Quantum-Circuit Cutting Fills a Gaping Quantum Computing Hole

The quantum advantage depends on the ability to run the largest number of circuits on a complex problem.
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