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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...

'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. 

The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It
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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

Regulation is on the menu of a national cybersecurity strategy.

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.

China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes
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China Turns Its Focus to Deepfakes

The Cyberspace Administration of China Tuesday began enforcement of its "deep synthesis" technology regulations in an effort to prevent the production of "deepfakes...

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...

Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor
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Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor

The company grappled with missteps for years while developing a microprocessor code-named Sapphire Rapids. It comes out on Tuesday.

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?

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans
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Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans

A survey of nearly 1,500 U.S. respondents found Russian Twitter campaigns during the 2016 presidential race primarily reached a small subset of users, most highly...

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.

Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024
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Dell to Stop Using Chips Made in China Before the End of 2024

The decision by the world's third-largest PC vendor could have a huge impact on the order books of Chinese companies supplying components for desktop PCs and laptops...
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