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Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer
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Superconducting Circuits Push the Limits of Quantum Data Transfer

University of Chicago researchers created a quantum communication testbed with remote superconducting nodes, laying the foundation for more secure communication...

Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls
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Spying on Security Cameras Through Walls

Northeastern University researchers have developed a way to access video feeds from home security, dashboard, and smartphone cameras through walls.

Firm Loses HK$200 Million After Deepfake Video Meeting
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Firm Loses HK$200 Million After Deepfake Video Meeting

Employees at a multinational company were duped into transferring HK$200 million (US$25.6 million) to local bank accounts after a deepfake video conference call...

The State of the Metaverse
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The State of the Metaverse

After years and many attempts to build out a metaverse and make use of it, is there anything out there?

China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research
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China Rolls Out Ethical Guidance for BCI Research

China's Ministry of Science and Technology issued an ethical guideline for brain-computer interfaces (BCIs).

Japan Bids Sayonara to the 3.5" Floppy Disk
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Japan Bids Sayonara to the 3.5" Floppy Disk

Japan's rules for the submission of official documents to the government no longer mention physical media like floppy disks, CD-ROMs, or other "electronic recording...

Smart Hat Senses When Traffic Lights Change
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Smart Hat Senses When Traffic Lights Change

Flexible conductive fibers can cool and contract without producing stress cracks, permitting them to be woven into cotton clothing.

Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program
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Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program

Amazon's Ring announced law enforcement and government agencies will no longer be allowed to solicit footage from doorbell cameras directly from users through the...

Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places
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Life-Saving 'Robot Medics' for Triage in High-Risk Places

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Sheffield developed an uncrewed ground vehicle outfitted with robotic arms to serve as a medic in disaster and conflict...

Virtual Reality as Therapy
From Communications of the ACM

Virtual Reality as Therapy

Leveraging precisely designed alternate realities as therapeutic tools.

Susan Landau Awarded AMS Bertrand Russell Prize
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Susan Landau Awarded AMS Bertrand Russell Prize

Landau was awarded the 2024 Bertrand Russell Prize for writing technical research papers and op-eds, publishing public-facing work, briefing policymakers, and participating...

Microsoft Says Russian Government Hackers Stole Its Emails
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Microsoft Says Russian Government Hackers Stole Its Emails

Microsoft said hackers working for the Russian government breached its corporate networks recently and stole email from executives and some employees to find out...

Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification
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Wi-Fi 7 Receives Official Certification

Wi-Fi 7 has been finalized.

Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades
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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades

A humanoid robot developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can be controlled by giving text prompts to the large language model GPT-4.

Silicon Valley Eyes Reboot of Google Glass-Style Headsets
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Silicon Valley Eyes Reboot of Google Glass-Style Headsets

Silicon Valley’s search for successor to the smartphone has revived the concept of smart glasses that Google failed to popularize about a decade ago.

Scientists Teleport Images in 'Star Trek' Advance
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Scientists Teleport Images in 'Star Trek' Advance

An international team from the University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa and the Institute of Photonic Sciences in Spain "teleported" images across a network...

Researchers Mold Model for More Nimble Networks
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Researchers Mold Model for More Nimble Networks

A programmable network model developed by scholars from Cornell University and the Open University of the Netherlands offers the ability to customize packet scheduling...

U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children
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U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has proposed major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Epigenomics Now
From Communications of the ACM

Epigenomics Now

Computer power helps biologists track the regulation of genetic information.

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?
From Communications of the ACM

Why Are Lawyers Afraid of AI?

Generative artificial intelligence and the law: there is no turning back.
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