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AI as Co-Pilot: Your Online Life Is About to Change, Like It or Not
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AI as Co-Pilot: Your Online Life Is About to Change, Like It or Not

Microsoft has Bing powered by the tech behind OpenAI's ChatGPT, Google has Bard, and many more are on the way.

Microsoft Will Let Companies Create their own Custom Versions of ChatGPT, Source Says
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Microsoft Will Let Companies Create their own Custom Versions of ChatGPT, Source Says

Microsoft plans to release technology to help big companies launch their own chatbots using the OpenAI ChatGPT technology, a person familiar with the plans told...

How Big Tech Rewrote the Nation's First Cellphone Repair Law
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How Big Tech Rewrote the Nation's First Cellphone Repair Law

Documents reveal tech lobbyists revised a right-to-repair bill before New York's governor signed it.

USC Scientists Discover the Real Reason Fake News Spreads on Social Media
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USC Scientists Discover the Real Reason Fake News Spreads on Social Media

A study of more than 2,400 Facebook users indicates that platforms, rather than individual users, have a greater responsibility in curbing the dissemination of...

Researchers Propose Fourth Light on Traffic Signals - for Self-Driving Cars
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Researchers Propose Fourth Light on Traffic Signals - for Self-Driving Cars

North Carolina State University researchers proposed the addition of a "white light" to traffic signals to allow autonomous vehicles to help control the flow of...

Silicon Valley Layoffs Mean D.C. Is Hotter Tech Hiring Market
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Silicon Valley Layoffs Mean D.C. Is Hotter Tech Hiring Market

Layoffs by technology giants and startups have created a windfall for nontechnology companies in Washington, D.C., and New York City starved for software engineers...

Israeli Computer Scientist Helps Crack Secrets of Mary Queen of Scots' Lost Letters
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Israeli Computer Scientist Helps Crack Secrets of Mary Queen of Scots' Lost Letters

Israeli computer scientist George Lasry led an international research team to decipher secret coded letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots, over four centuries...

Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom
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Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom

It has long had technology to rival chatbots like ChatGPT, but can't afford to back artificial intelligence that can spread misinformation and toxic content.

Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?
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Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has begun deploying smarter technology at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the George Washington Bridge to help...

Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search
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Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search

Microsoft is building AI technology based on the same foundation as ChatGPT into search, Edge, Office, and other products.

Apps Aim to Douse Social Media Dumpster Fire
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Apps Aim to Douse Social Media Dumpster Fire

New social apps are being introduced that promote a more positive online environment.

Helper Robots Being Deployed to Ease Burden on Hospital Staff
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Helper Robots Being Deployed to Ease Burden on Hospital Staff

The U.K.'s National Health Service is exploring the deployment of helper robots to alleviate the burden on hospital personnel amid a nurse shortage.

Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

Individual atoms trapped by optical 'tweezers' are emerging as a promising computational platform.

Google Unveils Bard, Its ChatGPT Rival for AI-Powered Conversation
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Google Unveils Bard, Its ChatGPT Rival for AI-Powered Conversation

With a Microsoft event expected to center on ChatGPT expected today, the AI chatbot war is heating up.

Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction
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Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction

Researchers race to find ecological data kept on outdated media or in dusty backroom boxes—before they're lost forever.

The Race to Build a ChatGPT-Powered Search Engine
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The Race to Build a ChatGPT-Powered Search Engine

A search bot you converse with could make finding answers easier — if it doesn't tell fibs. Microsoft, Google, Baidu, and others are working on it.

A Watermark for Chatbots can Expose Text Written by an AI
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A Watermark for Chatbots can Expose Text Written by an AI

The tool could let teachers spot plagiarism or help social media platforms fight disinformation bots.

Applying Scientific Method to Bail Reform
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Applying Scientific Method to Bail Reform

More than 50 state, city, and county jurisdictions in the U.S. have implemented the Public Safety Assessment (PSA) tool to shift from cash-based bail systems to...

Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls
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Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls

Frederike Dümbgen and colleagues have equipped a flying robot to use bat-like echolocation to map its surroundings using a simple microphone and speaker.
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