Living robots are now able to reproduce, say US scientists

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The Xenobots are able to achieve reproduction and do so in a way that animals and plants do not. The American scientists behind Xenobots, the first living robots, have announced that these synthetic life forms are now able to reproduce. Moreover, they do it in a way that is not seen in either plants or animals. The Xenobots were created out of African clawed frog (Xenopus laevis) stem cells. The living robots are under one millimeter (0.04 inches) wide. They look like small blobs and were initially unveiled in 2020…

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Jack Dorsey steps down as Twitter CEO effective immediately

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The company announced the move by the cofounder of the social media microblogging platform. Jack Dorsey is no longer the Twitter CEO, following the company’s announcement of his resignation, which he also tweeted from his own account. Dorsey will remain a member of the company’s board at least until 2022. The resignation as Twitter CEO was effective immediately, as the public face of the company, its co-founder, stated at the start of this week. Still, he will remain a member of the board at least to close out the year,…

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FDA authorizes virtual reality pain treatment technology

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This new tech is among a number of new digital therapeutics being introduced to the market. The US Food and Drug Administration has given authorization to a new virtual reality pain treatment system to be used as prescription chronic back pain therapy. This new prescription therapy is called EasVRx and is one of several FDA-cleared digital therapeutics. The EaseVRx virtual reality pain treatment system includes a VR headset and a device that boosts the user’s breathing sounds to complement specific breathing exercises. It applies cognitive behavioral therapy principles, which are…

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Peloton developing $495 strength training smart camera

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The Peloton Guide product is expected to be launched early next year in the United States, Canada and UK. Peloton, which gained fame for its stationary bikes and treadmills, has announced that a smart camera system will be added to its next roll-out which will be used for strength training. The gadget connects to the user’s TV and uses machine learning to understand the user’s movements. The smart camera is critical to the Peloton Guide’s movement tracker feature. It will be compatible with hundreds of the brand’s strength training classes.…

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Facebook dumps its facial recognition software due to widespread privacy scrutiny

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The social media platform announced its intentions to stop using the face identification technology. This week, Facebook announced that it intends to stop using its facial recognition software, which has been associated with considerable security and privacy criticism. The technology is able to automatically recognize individuals in photos and video posted by users. This removal of facial recognition from Facebook marks a considerable shift in the company as well as in the social media industry. This is particularly noteworthy for Facebook as it is a company well recognized for the…

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