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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands
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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands

Wenlong Li and colleagues at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have transformed Venus flytraps into biological robots.

As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware
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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

The Biden administration says commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and a high risk of abuse.

Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools
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Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools

Media executives want compensation for use of their content in ChatGPT, Bing and Bard.

Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report
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Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report

New research has found that as of August 2022, there were only 34 accredited computer science teachers in Ireland.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant
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GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant

Software developer hosting service GitHub launched a new version of its Copilot coding assistant powered by the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4 (GPT-4) multimodal...

Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots
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Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots

Simple robots wander NYC asking for trash and recycling, and it's adorable.

Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?
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Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?

Machine learning researchers have struggled over the past couple of decades to capture the flexibility of human knowledge in computer models.

'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality
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'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality

With Microsoft's HoloLens and a special application developed by MIT researchers, AR can be used to find hidden objects.

VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?
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VR Is Revolutionizing Therapy. Why Aren't More People Using It?

VR therapy has been studied since the 1990s. But as of 2023, we're still talking about its potential.

Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon
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Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon

The Norwegian container ship Yara Birkeland eventually will be a crewless vessel that navigates via radar and cameras, feeding sensor data to artificial intelligence...

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug
From ACM TechNews

Hackers Drain Bitcoin ATMs of $1.5 Million by Exploiting 0-Day Bug

General Bytes reported that over $1.5 million in bitcoin was drained from Internet-accessible wallets via its bitcoin ATMs by hackers that exploited a previously...

Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI
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Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI

The creators of large language models say that they're taking steps to curb abuse, but Mozilla felt not enough was being done.

Artificial Pancreas Developed at UVA Improves Blood Sugar Control for Kids Ages 2-6, Study Finds
From ACM TechNews

Artificial Pancreas Developed at UVA Improves Blood Sugar Control for Kids Ages 2-6, Study Finds

University of Virginia (UVA) researchers found that the Control-IQ diabetes management system improved blood sugar control in 2- to 6-year-olds with type 1 diabetes...

Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage
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Bug-Sized Robots Keep Flying After Wing Damage

Artificial muscles created by Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers can enable insect-sized aerial robots to repair themselves following damage.

. . . And the Computer Plays Along
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. . . And the Computer Plays Along

Software can improvise on the spot to accompany the performance of live musicians.

Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down
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Decentralized Social Media Rises as Twitter Melts Down

Mastodon is just the start—here comes the Fediverse.

Capturing What is Said
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Capturing What is Said

Artificial intelligence is boosting the capabilities of automatic speech recognition.

Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says
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Wave of Stealthy China Cyberattacks Hits U.S., Private Networks, Google Says

Researchers in Google's Mandiant division have found state-sponsored hackers in China have been evading common cybersecurity tools and spying on government and...

Scientists Make a Seven-Ingredient 3D-Printed Cheesecake
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Scientists Make a Seven-Ingredient 3D-Printed Cheesecake

Columbia University scientists three-dimensionally (3D)-printed a slice of seven-ingredient peanut butter-banana cheesecake with a cherry drizzle.
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