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Some patients are bringing troves of fitness-tracker data to their checkups, but the doctor might not find it all that helpful.
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New funding methods claim to democratize investment in innovation, but important technologies still struggle.
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Researchers in Peru have a new way to capture electricity from plants and bacteria to help rainforest communities.
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Augury’s gadget and iPhone app pay attention to ultrasonic sounds and vibrations to figure out what’s wrong with air conditioners and other big machines.
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A roundup of interesting stories on robotics and artificial intelligence from other sites, collected by Will Knight, MIT Technology Review’s senior editor for AI.
- 6 Ways Law Enforcement Can Track Terrorists in an Encrypted World
Government officials want us to believe that encryption is helping terrorists, but law enforcement still has plenty of tools to get the data. <
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The European Union is planning new legislation aimed at curbing the worst harms associated with artificial intelligence.
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