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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To
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Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To

A brainwave-monitoring technique created by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Essex can identify to which specific piece of music people are listening.

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail
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Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail

Researchers at the U.K.'s Liverpool John Moores University and Egypt's Cairo University used software and a "reverse aging" process to replicate ancient Egyptian...

CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say
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CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say

"They use AI to rewrite the intros every two weeks or so because Google likes updated content. Eventually it gets so mangled that about every four months a real...

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?
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ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?

Creators need to pressure the courts, the market, and regulators before it's too late.

Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight
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Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight

A rival chatbot has shaken Google out of its routine, with the founders who left three years ago re-engaging and more than 20 A.I. projects in the works.

Microsoft Announces 10,000 Job Cuts
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Microsoft Announces 10,000 Job Cuts

Microsoft said that its cost-cutting measures will lead to costs of around $1.2 billion in Q2, resulting from severance pay, changes to its hardware portfolio and...

Google Cuts 12,000 Jobs Amid Economic Pressure
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Google Cuts 12,000 Jobs Amid Economic Pressure

Big Tech layoffs continue as Google CEO Sundar Pichai breaks the news in an email to staff.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
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How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

ACM Names 57 Fellows for Contributions That Propel Technology Today
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ACM Names 57 Fellows for Contributions That Propel Technology Today

ACM has named 57 of its members Fellows for their exceptional contributions to fields as diverse as cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, mobile computing,...

Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy
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Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy

North Carolina State University's Mohammad Farazmand and Konstantinos Mamis corrected a flaw in a popular pandemic model, improving the accuracy of its predictions...

Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness
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Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness

Quantum states are incredibly delicate and easily destroyed. The perfect solution could lie in imperfect crystals.

Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies
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Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies

On Jan. 13, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced Canada's National Quantum Strategy to enhance and expand...

3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home
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3D Printing Reaches New Heights with Two-Story Home

A massive three-dimensional printer is being used to build what is thought to be the first 3D-printed two-story home in the U.S.

Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters
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Turning Robots into Skilled Waiters

Researchers at Germany's Technical University of Munich (TUM) adopted the pendulum's underlying mathematics to develop a model that could improve robots' drinks...

Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022
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Global IT Spending Decreased in 2022

The devices segment of Gartner's spending forecast is projected to fall 5.1% this year to roughly $685 billion, after dropping more than 10% in 2022.

Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem
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Quantum Computing Has a Noise Problem

Today's devices can be thrown off by the slightest environmental interference. Algorithmiq is developing ways to counteract this and harness quantum's power.

Mining the Margins to Save Lives
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Mining the Margins to Save Lives

Using artificial intelligence to ensure fewer donated kidneys are discarded, and that food donations make it to those in need via what is fast becoming an Internet...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.
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