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Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees
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Wood Transistor Could Let Us Embed Electronics in Trees

An electrochemical transistor made from balsa wood opens up the possibility of embedding sensors and other electronic devices in plants, which could help in agriculture...

Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready
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Your Robotic Avatar Is Almost Ready

What the Avatar XPrize revealed about the future of telepresence robots.

How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames
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How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames

Videogame companies are using generative artificial intelligence tools to create next-generation games faster, at less cost, and with more advanced interactivity...

Researchers Combine Electric Poling, 3D Printing into Single Step
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Researchers Combine Electric Poling, 3D Printing into Single Step

The electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing (EPAM) method developed by Purdue Polytechnic Institute researchers combines three-dimensional printing and...

ML Can Identify Baboon Grooming Behavior from Acceleration Signals
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ML Can Identify Baboon Grooming Behavior from Acceleration Signals

Researchers used machine learning to monitor social grooming behavior in wild baboons.

The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up
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The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up

Early adopters thought cryptocurrencies would be free from prying eyes, but tracking the flow of funds has become a big business.

Organoid Intelligence: Computing on the Brain
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Organoid Intelligence: Computing on the Brain

Researchers have proposed using brain organoids—spherical masses cultured from neural tissue—as computational systems.

Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems
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Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems

Reddit announced it will begin charging for access to its application programming interface.

Google's New Tool Turns Bard into a Code Wizard
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Google's New Tool Turns Bard into a Code Wizard

Bard can now explain code snippets and generate code. It is capable of explaining why a block has the result that it does.

Lighting the Way at Nanometer Scales
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Lighting the Way at Nanometer Scales

Light waves bouncing around could replace a significant portion of digital computation.

A Google AI Model Developed an Unexpected Skill
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A Google AI Model Developed an Unexpected Skill

Google CEO Sundar Pichai said the company's experts call this aspect of AI a "black box."

(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot
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(Almost) Everyone Likes a Helpful Trash Robot

A study by Cornell University researchers found that the public responded well to two remote-controlled trash barrel robots installed at a Manhattan plaza, one...

AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science
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AlphaFold Spreads through Protein Science

Based on machine learning, DeepMind's code now lies at the heart of a variety of protein-structure tools and workflows. It may ultimately be replaced by models...

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software
From Communications of the ACM

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software

Can even secure open source software ever be considered truly safe?

Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips
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Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips

Ivan Sutherland, who helped pioneer CMOS semiconductors decades ago, believes the U.S. can regain the global lead in advanced chipmaking.

EU's Landmark MiCA Legislation to Drive Crypto Prices
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EU's Landmark MiCA Legislation to Drive Crypto Prices

Under the new legislation, the EU will have a unified approach to crypto asset regulation across all 27 member states, meaning firms approved in one country can...

What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?
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What's AGI, and Why Are AI Experts Skeptical?

ChatGPT and other bots have revived conversations on artificial general intelligence. Scientists say algorithms won't surpass you any time soon.

Patients Were Told Their Voices Could Disappear. They Turned to AI to Save them.
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Patients Were Told Their Voices Could Disappear. They Turned to AI to Save them.

Artificial intelligence can re-create voices that may have otherwise been lost to disease.

Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'
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Companies Turn to AI to Avoid 'Cloud Sprawl'

Cloud-computing usage at large companies is measured in millions of records a day, making it 'humanly impossible' to keep track of costs.

How Generative Models Could Go Wrong
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How Generative Models Could Go Wrong

A big problem is that they are black boxes.
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