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Silicon Valley Confronts the Idea That the 'Singularity' Is Here
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Silicon Valley Confronts the Idea That the 'Singularity' Is Here

The frenzy over artificial intelligence may be ushering in the long-awaited moment when technology goes wild. Or maybe it's the hype that is out of control.

Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research
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Wrist-Worn Mobile Alcohol Sensor May Boost Alcohol-Use Research

Scientists at Pennsylvania State University and the University of North Carolina created a wrist-worn sensor that collects data on alcohol consumption less obtrusively...

Machine Learning Turns Up COVID Surprise
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Machine Learning Turns Up COVID Surprise

Researchers using machine learning to analyze daily pneumonia cases in an intensive care unit gained surprising insights about COVID-19 patients.

Singapore Plans Nationwide Network to Protect Against Future Quantum Threats
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Singapore Plans Nationwide Network to Protect Against Future Quantum Threats

Telecommunication companies in Singapore plan  to overhaul existing fiber networks to protect themselves, and their customers, from future quantum computer attacks...

Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App
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Pen-Based Computing: Still Looking For The Write App

The sector, once popular, is searching for applications and users. 

Assessing Political Bias in Language Models
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Assessing Political Bias in Language Models

Stanford University researchers developed OpinionQA to evaluate bias in language models.

3-D Printing Strengthens Material for Energy and Propulsion Applications
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3-D Printing Strengthens Material for Energy and Propulsion Applications

A research team led by engineers at MIT developed a new 3D printing method for strengthening materials.

Better Algorithms through Faster Math
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Better Algorithms through Faster Math

The search for new algorithms that could reduce the time needed for multiplication is now at the center of data science.

Locking Down Secure Open Source Software
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Locking Down Secure Open Source Software

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

Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials
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Scientists Use Computational Modeling to Design 'Ultrastable' Materials

A new computational model may be used to predict which metal-organic framework structures will be most stable for a given application.

Fish Story: Animals Adjust Reactions to Misinformation
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Fish Story: Animals Adjust Reactions to Misinformation

A multi-institutional team of scientists found fish can reduce the risk of overreacting to misinformation by adjusting their sensitivity to the actions of others...

How Randomness Improves Algorithms
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How Randomness Improves Algorithms

Unpredictability can help computer scientists solve otherwise intractable problems.

More Details, but Not Enough
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More Details, but Not Enough

Disputed Google research is receiving further scrutiny, despite the company's inaction in open-sourcing its data or source code as promised.

Simulation Reveals Secrets of Exotic Form of Electrons
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Simulation Reveals Secrets of Exotic Form of Electrons

University of Texas at Austin researchers mapped polarons, quasiparticles consisting of an electron and its surrounding distortions of atoms in a crystal lattice...

Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery
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Artificial Intelligence for Materials Discovery

Finding novel materials needs more than pure machine learning.

AI Rewrites Coding
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AI Rewrites Coding

Even as software grows increasingly complex, artificial intelligence helps to simplify and automate coding tasks.

Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media
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Optical Computing for Object Classification Through Diffusive Random Media

Researchers have developed an all-optical object classification technique that uses diffractive deep neural networks and a single-pixel spectral detector to classify...

Virtual Influencers in the Real World
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Virtual Influencers in the Real World

We are increasingly engaging with these digital personalities, online and offline.

How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language
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How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language

For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.

Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation
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Team Refines Precision of Medical Needles in Surgical Simulation

Computationally efficient mathematical models aim to improve the accuracy of flexible medical needles used in surgical simulation without adding unnecessary steps...
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