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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...

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.

AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?
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AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?

Many companies and laboratories are tapping artificial intelligence to develop more sophisticated chatbots.

Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins
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Computer Models Determine Drug Candidate's Ability to Bind to Proteins

University of Arkansas researchers have developed computer models for calculating a drug candidate's protein-binding affinity.

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach
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Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.

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).

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...

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...

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.

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.

Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700
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Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Canadian startup Glüxkind showcased its Ella self-driving stroller

BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul
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BMW Takes Cues from Apple with Radical Interior Overhaul

German automaker BMW's latest prototype car showcased at the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show features a retooled interior that applies concepts from Apple's future...

Dolphin Wearable Could Find Cost of Habitat Disturbance
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Dolphin Wearable Could Find Cost of Habitat Disturbance

Custom biologging tags have allowed researchers at the University of Michigan and other institutions to measure dolphins' energetic cost of swimming.

Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring
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Ukraine Has Digitized Its Fighting Forces on a Shoestring

Ukraine has digitally networked its fighting forces, intelligence, and weapons on the cheap through satellite communications and custom software.

Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?
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Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?

Riiid is one of a handful of companies that believe that A.I. algorithms are perfectly suited to track student performance and give individualized attention.

JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong
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JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana relied on facial-recognition technology to arrest an alleged purse thief, detaining the wrong person, who is...
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