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Dazzled by the Sun, NASA taps AI to give its solar telescope an eye-test

Dazzled by the Sun, NASA taps AI to give its solar telescope an eye-test

Staring at the Sun is ill-advised if you want to keep your eyesight, but NASA's solar telescopes have some sneaky ways to avoid burn-out as the space agency gleans vital information about our closest star. The Solar Dynamics Observatory has been working for more than a decade, unlocking unprecedented details about the ferocious forces boiling away in the Sun, but new AI tech is making sure its solar eyesight is 20/20.

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Facebook AI researchers create a robot able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions

Facebook AI researchers create a robot able to adapt to rapidly changing conditions

Work is being performed all around the world to give robots more human-like abilities. One of the key human-like abilities that researchers want robots to have is the ability to react in real-time to environmental changes. Humans, for instance, can remain stable and upright when the surface they are walking on suddenly and unexpectedly changes.

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OnePlus Nord 2 5G launch date and availability announced

OnePlus Nord 2 5G launch date and availability announced

The OnePlus 9 is getting some unwanted attention over a performance throttling scandal, but it isn't the only OnePlus phone in the market this year. In fact, there might be even more OnePlus Nord phones available today, with the OnePlus Nord CE 5G and OnePlus Nord N200 5G debuting last month. There is one more coming, as OnePlus teased earlier this week, and now the company is putting a more exact date for the launch of the OnePlus Nord 2 5G.

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WHO guidance details the benefits and risks of adding AI to healthcare

WHO guidance details the benefits and risks of adding AI to healthcare

The World Health Organization has published new guidance on the use of artificial intelligence in health, something that took experts across multiple fields 18 months to debate. WHO acknowledges this technology offers many benefits to the healthcare industry, including when it comes to diagnosing tricky illnesses, but there are also some big issues that need to be addressed.

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Amazon’s Reading Sidekick arrives on Echo to help young kids read

Amazon’s Reading Sidekick arrives on Echo to help young kids read

Amazon has introduced a new Alexa feature it describes as a "learning experience," and it's called Reading Sidekick. The functionality is targeted at kids ages 6 to 9, helping them learn to read independently for enjoyment. The feature works with Echo devices that have the Kids feature enabled, though you'll also need an Amazon Kids+ subscription to use Reading Sidekick.

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Heineken BOT is an autonomous beer cooler that follows you around

Heineken BOT is an autonomous beer cooler that follows you around

If it's summer where you live, you're likely spending many hours outdoors. A cold beer is a refreshing companion on a hot summer day, but there's a downside: having to lug around a heavy cooler full of cans. Here to solve that first-world problem is B.O.T, an autonomous cooler from beer company Heineken that can follow you around just about anywhere you go.

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Battling bias, Google is changing how skin color is classified

Battling bias, Google is changing how skin color is classified

Google is changing how it classifies skin color, quietly working on a new system which the search giant hopes will avoid embarrassing accusations of bias in future tech. The ways in which machine learning and artificial intelligence, along with wearables and other devices, deal with different skin colors has led to numerous problems in recent years.

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Facebook developes a method of detecting and attributing deepfakes

Facebook developes a method of detecting and attributing deepfakes

Deepfakes have been around for a while now, but recently they've become so realistic that it's hard to tell a deepfake from a legitimate video. For those who might be unfamiliar, a deepfake takes the face and voice of a famous person and creates a video of that person saying or doing things they've never actually done. Deepfakes are most concerning for many when used during elections as they can sway voters by making it appear that one candidate has done or said something they never actually did.

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Steam on Linux NVIDIA DLSS support coming to some Windows games

Steam on Linux NVIDIA DLSS support coming to some Windows games

Valve has long been trying to get game developers and publishers to see Linux as a serious and profitable gaming platform and not simply because it loves the open source operating system. It basically wants games to be free from their reliance on Windows and Microsoft's development frameworks and, eventually, to have them available on its own Linux-based Steam OS. Steam OS and Steam Machines have largely failed but Valve seems to still be pushing for Linux support for Windows games and its latest attempt is to get NVIDIA's fancy DLSS technology to work on some of those titles.

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Ecobee SmartThermostat is the first of its kind to get built-in Siri support

Ecobee SmartThermostat is the first of its kind to get built-in Siri support

Soon after Apple's WWDC 2021 keynote today, ecobee revealed that its SmartThermostat with Voice Control will be the first smart thermostat device to get built-in Siri support. With this, customers who are heavily invested in the Apple ecosystem can use their HomePod mini and HomePod smart speakers to talk with the smart thermostat using the typical 'Hey Siri' command.

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Siri is going to get much more useful in iOS 15

Siri is going to get much more useful in iOS 15

iOS 15 is bringing a number of privacy updates along with it, but among the most useful is heading to Siri. Apple confirmed today that Siri will be getting on-device speech recognition in iOS 15. Not only is this a big move for privacy as it regards Siri, but it also looks like it's going to be a big step forward on the usability front as well.

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Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

Royal Navy uses AI systems in first test against live supersonic missiles

For the first time, the UK's Royal Navy is using artificial intelligence in a test against live missiles at sea, providing a look at the future of autonomous systems in the military. The exercise will take place over three weeks and involve testing two systems: Sycoiea and Startle. The Royal Navy says this is the largest test of its kind conducted thus far.

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