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Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes
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Software Update for World's Wind Farms Could Power Millions More Homes

A software upgrade developed by researchers at France's Polytechnic Institute of Paris improves the efficiency of wind turbines by ensuring they spend more time...

Apps for Older Adults Contain Security Vulnerabilities
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Apps for Older Adults Contain Security Vulnerabilities

Researchers at Canada's Concordia University found security bugs in 95 of 146 popular Android applications designed for older adults.

Engineering a New Way to Feed Gorillas
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Engineering a New Way to Feed Gorillas

Georgia Institute of Technology scientists have built an automatic feeding machine for gorillas at Zoo Atlanta that allows for more natural foraging.

The Fall of Silicon Valley Bank
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The Fall of Silicon Valley Bank

An overreliance on technology startups could have been a major factor in its demise.

Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?
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Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?

The financial services industry is plotting how to incorporate tools like ChatGPT into its products. But humans will still be necessary to provide personal advice...

Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range
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Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range

Cattle ranchers increasingly have access to virtual fences that allow them to use electronic collars to keep their cows from wandering away.

Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes
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Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes

More than a dozen companies have popped up to offer services aimed at identifying whether photos, text, and videos are made by humans or machines.

Dark Web ChatGPT Unleashed: Meet DarkBERT
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Dark Web ChatGPT Unleashed: Meet DarkBERT

Researchers have created a large language model trained on Dark Web data.

'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail
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'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail

Digital imaging by deepwater seabed mapping company Magellan for U.K. TV production company Atlantic Productions has yielded a "digital twin" of the RMS Titanic...

Technologists Develop FatNet Algorithm
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Technologists Develop FatNet Algorithm

The FatNet algorithm can convert any convolutional neural network into a specialized network that is more compatible with an optical artificial intelligence accelerator...

Statistical Simulator Supports Benchmarking Tool to Mimic Omics Data
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Statistical Simulator Supports Benchmarking Tool to Mimic Omics Data

A next-generation in-silico statistical simulator can support a benchmarking tool for medical and biological researchers to assess and validate computational methods...

How Content Creators Cope with Discriminatory Algorithms
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How Content Creators Cope with Discriminatory Algorithms

"AI has embedded our cultural biases and threatens to perpetuate discriminatory human behavior."

A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80
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A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80

Christiane Floyd continues to consider the philosophical and ethical concerns of computer science.

Google's Project Gameface Lets You Control Video Games with Blinks, Smiles
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Google's Project Gameface Lets You Control Video Games with Blinks, Smiles

Google's Project Gameface platform allows gamers to play videogames using head movements and facial gestures.

Parashar Receives 2023 HPDC Achievement Award
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Parashar Receives 2023 HPDC Achievement Award

The ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing named Manish Parashar to receive the 2023 Achievement Award in High-Performance...

Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps
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Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that multi-legged robots with more legs were better at navigating rough terrain than those with fewer legs...

Google Unveils Plan to Demolish the Journalism Industry Using AI
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Google Unveils Plan to Demolish the Journalism Industry Using AI

This could change everything.

A Focus on X-Ray Vision
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A Focus on X-Ray Vision

Seeing past the distractions to what is inside.

Spyware Lurks in Android Smartphones
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Spyware Lurks in Android Smartphones

Google's decision to allow its operating system to install third-party apps makes Android smartphones targets for spyware.  

Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born
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Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born

Scientists claim the first two babies conceived by a sperm-injecting robot have been born.
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