This robot mimics simple life forms.
‘Loopy’ is a multicellular robot inspired by biology and designed to react to its environment without instructions on how to do so.
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Medical devices have a legal definition, but the lines might become blurred in future.
Satellite radar data shows the complete destruction of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut.
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Satellite photography of the Ukrainian city of Bakhmut shows block after block of destroyed buildings. Satellite radar provides a different view – a systematic look at the destruction of the whole city.
Do you feel included in how government handles and uses data?
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Governments can exclude certain groups of people in policies and services not only by the type of data they collect but also how they collect, store, analyze and use the data.
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Technological approaches could help reduce the carbon impact of artificial intelligence systems.
Small, cheap, explosives-laden drones have become ubiquitous in the war in Ukraine.
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Drones have dominated images of the war in Ukraine, but an expert on drone warfare casts doubt on many of the grand claims made for the weapons.
An autonomous race car built by the Technical University of Munich prepares to pass the University of Virginia’s entrant.
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Artificial intelligence systems that can handle the pressure of high-speed auto racing could lead to driverless vehicles that can safely manage the morning commute.
New infrared technology could make homes more energy efficient.
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New infrared fabric technology is easy to install, cheap to run and affordable so it has huge potential as a future alternative to heat pumps, especially for retrofit projects.
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The lawsuit could have major implications for how AI “training” data is treated.
Everything old is new again.
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This seemingly cutting-edge technology isn’t entirely new to our century.
China is making chip progress despite US efforts to contain its industry.
Would flattery from an AI set your heart aflutter?
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Tech companies are offering AI companions as a convenient cure for the loneliness epidemic, but there have been other forms of faux relationships, and they tend to have more to do with ego than heart.
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Software licensing is a flexible way to limit some of the potential harms posed by AI.
In addition to a player’s ability to throw it, a number of factors will influence a ball’s flight, including its size, inflation pressure and texture.
A football’s dimensions, pressure and texture affect its aerodynamics, i.e. the forces exerted by the air on the ball as it flies.
The FCC is responding to the threat of deepfakes.
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Deepfake technology is widely available, and a pivotal election year lies ahead. The FCC banned AI robocalls, but AI-enhanced disinformation campaigns remain a threat.
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Like many technologies, AI can be subverted by cybercriminals.
Dream Chaser would ferry cargo, and eventually crew, to low-Earth orbit.
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Spaceplanes seemed out of favour when the shuttle was retired in 2011; they now seem to be making a comeback.
Predictive policing aimed to identify crime hot spots and ‘chronic’ offenders but missed the mark.
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Predictive policing has been a bust. The Department of Justice nurtured the technology from researchers’ minds to corporate production lines and into the hands of police departments.
Letting AI do the dirty work of programming frees students to work on problem-solving.
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Learning to program requires mastering the nitty-gritty of code syntax. Generative AI turns out to be good at that. Adding AI to intro programming courses frees students to focus on problem-solving.
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AI could free up our time to an unprecedented degree, which will leave time for faith-based activities.