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Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse
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Smelling, Touching Take Center Stage in Metaverse

Metaverse technologies unveiled at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) included sensory products that can replicate sensations and even odors in virtual...

Sailor-Less Ships Head to Port on AI Wave
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Sailor-Less Ships Head to Port on AI Wave

Artificial intelligence-powered unmanned boat technology was among the technologies showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023).

A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom
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A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom

An investment frenzy over "generative artificial intelligence" has gripped Silicon Valley, as tools that generate text, images and sounds in response to short prompts...

Video Gamers Feel Bees, Bullets with Simulation Tech at CES 2023
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Video Gamers Feel Bees, Bullets with Simulation Tech at CES 2023

The 2023 Consumer Electronics Show showcased videogaming products that reproduce physical sensations, like bullet hits and rain.

Telehealth Cuts Healthcare's Carbon Footprint, Patient's Costs During Pandemic
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Telehealth Cuts Healthcare's Carbon Footprint, Patient's Costs During Pandemic

Researchers found that using telehealth for ambulatory visits lowered patients' costs and carbon footprint and saved time and lives during the first two years of...

AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier
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AI to Monitor Changes to Globally Important Glacier

U.K. researchers have adapted an artificial intelligence algorithm to examine satellite images and identify the development of crevasses on the Thwaites Glacier...

'Pinocchio' Built from Tiny Gears, 3D Printing
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'Pinocchio' Built from Tiny Gears, 3D Printing

The movie Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio features stop-motion animated puppets operated by tiny gears, with the title character three-dimensionally (3D)-printed...

CNET Is Quietly Publishing Entire Articles Generated By AI
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CNET Is Quietly Publishing Entire Articles Generated By AI

Absent an official announcement of the program, it appears CNET leadership is trying to keep the experiment as lowkey as possible. 

Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics
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Reasserting U.S. Leadership in Microelectronics

MIT researchers lay out a strategy for how universities can help the U.S. regain its place as a semiconductor superpower.

The Dawn of Solid-State Quantum Networks
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The Dawn of Solid-State Quantum Networks

Researchers demonstrated high-visibility quantum interference between two independent quantum dots connected by approximately 300-kilometer/186.4-mile optical fibers...

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses
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Hype around Quantum Computing Recedes over Lack of Practical Uses

China claims to have made a major breakthrough, but Western experts say any commercial benefits are still years away.

A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time
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A.I.-Powered 'Robot Lawyer' Will Appear in a U.S. Court for the First Time

Is it legal?

Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems
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Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems

Utilities are using unmanned drones to inspect power lines and other infrastructure.

Auto Industry Races into Metaverse at CES
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Auto Industry Races into Metaverse at CES

The 2023 Consumer Electronics Show (CES 2023) showcased metaverse technologies designed to enhance the auto industry.

Who Owns the Content AI Creates?
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Who Owns the Content AI Creates?

AI products like GitHub Copilot and ChatGPT, which ingest human content to make new material, raise novel legal and ethical issues.

What's Next for the Chip Industry
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What's Next for the Chip Industry

Aggressive new U.S. policies will be put to the test in 2023. They could ultimately fragment the global semiconductor industry.

Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices
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Quantum Computing Architecture Could Connect Large-Scale Devices

A new quantum computing architecture can facilitate extensible, high-fidelity communication between superconducting quantum chips.

Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice
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Deep Learning Algorithm Can Hear Alcohol in Voice

Researchers have developed an algorithm that can instantly determine whether a person has exceeded the legal alcohol limit based on a 12-second recording of that...

Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires
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Thermal Drones Locating Elusive Koalas in Area Scorched by Bushfires

Thermal drones are being used by ecologists searching for koala populations in New South Wales, Australia.
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