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Meta Unveils a More Powerful A.I. and Isn't Fretting Over Who Uses It
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Meta Unveils a More Powerful A.I. and Isn't Fretting Over Who Uses It

The company said it would give outside programmers access to the latest version of its core artificial intelligence technology.

A.I. Wrote a Housing Bill. Critics Say It's Not Intelligent
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A.I. Wrote a Housing Bill. Critics Say It's Not Intelligent

A Queens assemblyman used an artificial intelligence program to identify gaps in New York law. But the resulting bill's potential impact is murky at best.

Can A.I. Invent?
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Can A.I. Invent?

A group of legal experts are pressing patent agencies, courts and policymakers to address the question as generative A.I. seems on the brink of invading another...

'Not for Machines to Harvest': Data Revolts Break Out Against AI
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'Not for Machines to Harvest': Data Revolts Break Out Against AI

Fed up with A.I. companies consuming online content without consent, fan fiction writers, actors, social media companies,and news organizations are among those...

Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain
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Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain

Russia has built a network of technology contractors to supply it with surveillance equipment in order to spy on and quash internal dissent.

Inside the White-Hot Center of A.I. Doomerism
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Inside the White-Hot Center of A.I. Doomerism

Anthropic, a safety-focused A.I. start-up, is trying to compete with ChatGPT while preventing an A.I. apocalypse. It's been a little stressful.

U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data
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U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data

The agreement ends legal uncertainty for Meta, Google and scores of companies — at least for now.

As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It
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As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It

Amazon, Box, Salesforce, Oracle, and others have recently rolled out A.I.-related products to help workplaces become more efficient and productive.

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.

How Easy Is It to Fool A.I.-Detection Tools?
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How Easy Is It to Fool A.I.-Detection Tools?

The detectors ignore all context clues, so they don't process the existence of a lifelike automaton in a photo with Mr. Musk as unlikely.

New Car Sales Take Off As Chip Shortage Eases
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New Car Sales Take Off As Chip Shortage Eases

General Motors, Toyota and other automakers sold more trucks and sport utility vehicles as supply chain problems eased and demand remained strong despite rising...

Barred from Grocery Stores by Facial Recognition
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Barred from Grocery Stores by Facial Recognition

The use of facial recognition by private businesses in the U.K. is on the rise.

Biden Administration Weighs Further Curbs on Sales of A.I. Chips to China
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Biden Administration Weighs Further Curbs on Sales of A.I. Chips to China

Reports that the White House may clamp down on sales of semiconductors that power artificial intelligence capabilities sent tech stocks diving.

Study Bolsters Room-Temperature Superconductor Claim
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Study Bolsters Room-Temperature Superconductor Claim

Researchers verified a key measurement from a study earlier this year that had faced doubts from other scientists.

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.

Lawyers Ordered to Consider Seeking Forgiveness for Using ChatGPT
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Lawyers Ordered to Consider Seeking Forgiveness for Using ChatGPT

Steven A. Schwartz and Peter LoDuca must pay a fine and send letters to judges named in a brief filled with fiction, a judge ordered.

F.T.C. Accuses Amazon of Tricking Users Into Subscribing to Prime
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F.T.C. Accuses Amazon of Tricking Users Into Subscribing to Prime

The lawsuit is the first time that the Federal Trade Commission under its chair, Lina Khan, has taken Amazon to court.

How A.I. Is Helping Architects Change Workplace Design
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How A.I. Is Helping Architects Change Workplace Design

With more hybrid workers and new office needs, firms like Zaha Hadid Architects are turning to artificial intelligence for solutions.

Quantum Computing Advance Begins New Era, IBM Says
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Quantum Computing Advance Begins New Era, IBM Says

A quantum computer came up with better answers to a physics problem than a conventional supercomputer.
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