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'It's Already Way Beyond What Humans Can Do': Will AI Wipe Out Architects?
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'It's Already Way Beyond What Humans Can Do': Will AI Wipe Out Architects?

It's revolutionizing building – but could AI kill off an entire profession?

NASA Detects Signal from Voyager 2 After Losing Contact Due to Wrong Command
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NASA Detects Signal from Voyager 2 After Losing Contact Due to Wrong Command

The U.S. National Aeronautical and Space Administration detected a signal from the Voyager 2 probe more than a week after transmission ceased.

'A Certain Danger Lurks There': How the Inventor of the First Chatbot Turned Against AI
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'A Certain Danger Lurks There': How the Inventor of the First Chatbot Turned Against AI

Computer scientist Joseph Weizenbaum was there at the dawn of artificial intelligence – but he was also adamant that we must never confuse computers with humans...

AI Used to Create New Final Beatles Song, says Paul McCartney
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AI Used to Create New Final Beatles Song, says Paul McCartney

Musician says he used technology to 'extricate' John Lennon's voice from an old demo and complete a decades-old song.

Adobe to Integrate AI into Photoshop amid Fears of Job Losses, Mass Faking of Images
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Adobe to Integrate AI into Photoshop amid Fears of Job Losses, Mass Faking of Images

Company says Adobe Firefly is a 'co-pilot' to graphic design, rather than a replacement for humans.

'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.
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