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ChatGPT Can Now Respond With Spoken Words
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ChatGPT Can Now Respond With Spoken Words

A newly released version of OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot can interact with users vocally, as well as respond to images.

E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation
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E.U. Law Sets the Stage for a Clash Over Disinformation

The law, aimed at forcing social media giants to adopt new policies to curb harmful content, is expected to face blowback from Elon Musk, who owns X.

Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station
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Four-Hundred-Pound NYPD Robot Gets Tryout in Times Square Subway Station

The New York Police Department has deployed a nearly 400-pound "fully autonomous outdoor security robot" in Times Square's subway station as a test run.

How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious
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How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious

In a new report, scientists offer a list of measurable qualities that might indicate the presence of some presence in a machine.

Dependence on Tech Caused 'Staggering' Education Inequality: U.N.
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Dependence on Tech Caused 'Staggering' Education Inequality: U.N.

A study by UNESCO found "staggering" global education inequity due to overreliance on remote learning technology during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72
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Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72

He spent decades working on artificial intelligence, striving to create computers that could replicate common sense.

AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat
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AI Brings the Robot Wingman to Aerial Combat

Artificial intelligence (AI) operates the U.S. Air Force's pilotless XQ-58A Valkyrie experimental aircraft, which the military envisions as a next-generation robot...

A Stroke Stole Her Ability to Speak at 30. A.I. Is Helping to Restore It Years Later.
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A Stroke Stole Her Ability to Speak at 30. A.I. Is Helping to Restore It Years Later.

The brain activity of a paralyzed woman is being translated into words spoken by an avatar. This milestone could help others who have lost speech.

Scientists Recreate Pink Floyd Song by Reading Brain Signals of Listeners
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Scientists Recreate Pink Floyd Song by Reading Brain Signals of Listeners

The audio sounds like it's being played underwater. Still, it's a first step toward creating more expressive devices to assist people who can't speak.

Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash
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Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash

A driverless Cruise taxi with a passenger collided with a fire truck Thursday night, just one week after state officials allowed the service to expand.

Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice
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Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice

Google is testing generative artificial intelligence technology programmed to serve as a life coach.

'Digital Heist' Recaptures the Rosetta Stone
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'Digital Heist' Recaptures the Rosetta Stone

A collective of designers in London have "digitally repatriated" the Rosetta Stone by creating a three-dimensional digital representation of the relic that people...

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations
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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations

U.S. security officials say the White House is hunting for malware purportedly concealed by China within infrastructure critical to U.S. military bases.

The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here
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The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here

The long-anticipated automation revolution has begun. Robots are ready to operate forklifts and do laundry. It's not as scary as it sounds.

Aided by A.I. Language Models, Google's Robots Are Getting Smart
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Aided by A.I. Language Models, Google's Robots Are Getting Smart

Our sneak peek into Google's new robotics model, RT-2, which melds artificial intelligence technology with robots.

Researchers Poke Holes in Safety Controls of ChatGPT and Other Chatbots
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Researchers Poke Holes in Safety Controls of ChatGPT and Other Chatbots

A new report indicates that the guardrails for widely used chatbots can be thwarted, leading to an increasingly unpredictable environment for the technology.

At Wagner's Festival, New Technology Reveals a Leadership Rift
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At Wagner's Festival, New Technology Reveals a Leadership Rift

The use of augmented reality in a production of the opera "Parsifal" opening Germany's Bayreuth Festival has incited a financial and philosophical dispute.

How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out
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How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out

Indoor air-quality sensors installed in commercial buildings during the pandemic are now proving useful in areas affected by wildfire smoke.

A.I. May Someday Work Medical Miracles. For Now, It Helps Do Paperwork
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A.I. May Someday Work Medical Miracles. For Now, It Helps Do Paperwork

The best use for generative A.I. in health care, doctors say, is to ease the heavy burden of documentation that takes them hours a day and contributes to burnout...

The Race to Prevent 'the Worst Case Scenario for Machine Learning'
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The Race to Prevent 'the Worst Case Scenario for Machine Learning'

A.I. companies have an edge in blocking the creation and distribution of child sexual abuse material. They've seen how social media companies failed.
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