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'I Didn't Give Permission': Do AI's Backers Care about Data Law Breaches?
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'I Didn't Give Permission': Do AI's Backers Care about Data Law Breaches?

Regulators around world are cracking down on content being hoovered up by ChatGPT, Stable Diffusion, and others.

Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate
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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.

Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700
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Self-Driving Stroller Aims to Reduce Parents' Stress, for £2,700

At the 2023 Consumer Electronics Show, Canadian startup Glüxkind showcased its Ella self-driving stroller

Blow to Amazon Union Drive as New York Workers Reject Latest Bid
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Blow to Amazon Union Drive as New York Workers Reject Latest Bid

Warehouse workers near Albany vote against forming a union by nearly two to one margin.

French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools
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French Tax Officials Use AI to Spot 20,000 Undeclared Pools

French tax officials used artificial intelligence to identify over 20,0000 undeclared private swimming pools, constituting about €10 million (over $10 million)...

New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias
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New Zealand VR App Helps Conquer Phobias

oVRcome, a phone-based virtual reality (VR) application designed to treat phobias, successfully completed a six-week clinical trial.

'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash
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'They Couldn't Even Scream Any More. They Were Just Sobbing': The Amateur Investors Ruined by the Crypto Crash

Fuelled by hype and hysteria, the market in bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies went from an obscure niche to a $3-trillion industry. Then the house of cards collapsed...

I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'
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I Am Not a Robot: iOS Verification Update Marks End of 'Captchas'

Tests where you are asked to spot traffic lights or type out wobbly letters may be a thing of the past.

U.K. Brownies to Learn Coding in Bid to Involve More Girls in Technology
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U.K. Brownies to Learn Coding in Bid to Involve More Girls in Technology

Brownies, the second-youngest section of Girlguiding (scouting) in the U.K. for girls aged 7–10, are learning to code, while Guides (ages 10-14) are working with...

People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar
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People with Type 1 Diabetes in England to Receive Skin Sensor to Monitor Blood Sugar

The U.K. National Health Service will offer roughly 250,000 people in England with type 1 diabetes a skin sensor to monitor their blood sugar.

Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv
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Drone Operators Who Halted Russian Convoy Headed for Kyiv

A Russian armored convey headed toward Kyiv was halted by night ambushes by Ukrainian special forces and drone operators who are part of an air reconnaissance unit...

Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation
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Pinterest Bans All Climate Misinformation

The image-focused social network says it will take down content that distorts or denies facts of climate crisis.

AI Beats 8 World Champions at Bridge
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AI Beats 8 World Champions at Bridge

Victory marks milestone for AI as bridge requires more human skills than other strategy games

Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning
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Seconds Before Earthquake Rattled California, Phones Got Vital Warning

An early-alert system managed by the U.S. Geological Survey on Monday warned Californians of a 6.2-magnitude earthquake by phone, seconds before it struck.

World's Largest Lab-Grown Steak Unveiled by Israeli Firm
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World's Largest Lab-Grown Steak Unveiled by Israeli Firm

Researchers at the Israeli firm MeaTech 3D said they have grown a 4-ounce steak in a lab, the largest produced thus far.

South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future
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South Korea Trials Robots in Preschools to Prepare Children for High-Tech Future

The South Korean government has launched trials of small robots in 300 nurseries and childcare centers in Seoul as teaching aids.

Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed
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Working of Algorithms Used in Government Decision-Making to Be Revealed

A new U.K. government standard for transparency requires ministers and public entities to disclose the underlying architecture of algorithms they use for decision...

Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets
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Twitter Admits Bias in Algorithm for Rightwing Politicians, News Outlets

Researchers at Twitter found that the social media platform amplifies more tweets from rightwing politicians and news outlets than content from leftwing sources...

Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System
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Privacy Fears as Moscow Metro Rolls Out Facial Recognition Pay System

Privacy activists warn the Moscow metro's Face Pay facial recognition payment system constitutes a sinister move by Russia to monitor and control its people.
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