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New AI Reads Billions of Web Pages to Communicate Information

September 15, 2020

Diffbot is an AI that learns by constantly reading the internet, MIT Technology Review reported. It pulls facts from every public web page to become more intelligent and to learn to communicate with humans by providing that information. Is artificial intelligence really “intelligent?” […]

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Apple and Google Develop COVID-19 Exposure Alerts for Smartphones

September 7, 2020

Apple and Google will alert smartphone owners to possible COVID-19 exposure, “USA Today” reported Tuesday. The alerts will come in the form of voluntary push notifications that the companies say will not compromise participants’ privacy. Geolocation is already in use on smartphones. […]

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Restaurant to Reopen with Seated Mannequins to Appear Fuller

May 20, 2020

One restaurant will reopen to 50 percent capacity with mannequins filling other tables, WTOP News reported. This will be done to prevent patrons from feeling like they’re sitting in an empty dining room. Will diners find this comforting or creepy? […]

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New Geography Data Apps Track, Analyze Coronavirus Spread

April 4, 2020

Climates and geographic regions provide key data on the coronavirus, a “Forbes” column said recently. Institutions like Johns Hopkins University offer data that tracks and analyzes the spread of the disease by physical location. Geography is sometimes key to slowing diseases. […]

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3D-Printed Respirator Valves Exemplify Hospital-Based Robotics

March 23, 2020

Local manufacturers in Italy are 3D printing vital hospital equipment, FastCompany reported. With supplies running out, stocks of respirator valves have been replenished by good Samaritans in the north of the country. Medicine and robots continue to merge in exciting ways. […]

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Canterbury Tales Gets App Treatment, First Classic Literary Work to Do So

February 16, 2020

“The Canterbury Tales” will be the first major literary work to be available as an app, Phys.org reported recently. The digital version of Chaucer’s classic novel will feature an audio reading of a portion of the work, plus several interactive learning points. The epic work will be much more than just an ebook. […]

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PETA Pushes Groundhog Retirement, AI Replacement

February 9, 2020

PETA issued a letter calling for the relief of groundhog Punxsutawney Phil. The tradition of predicting long winters involves a groundhog seeing its shadow, but PETA says it’s time to get with the times. The animal rights group suggested a robotic replacement. […]

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