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They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out
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They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out

Google contract workers employed by Appen alleged Wednesday that they were fired after raising concerns about AI and their working conditions.

Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power
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Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power

Brussels brought a new antitrust challenge against Google on the same day European lawmakers voted to approve the E.U. AI Act.

AI Chatbots Lose Money Every Time You Use Them. That's a Problem
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AI Chatbots Lose Money Every Time You Use Them. That's a Problem

The cost of operating the systems is so high that companies aren't deploying their best versions to the public.

Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues
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Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues

The company also was hit with a second fine over Ring, its home surveillance company.

E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations
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E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations

Industry representatives argue the ruling creates legal uncertainty for many companies who commonly transfer data across international waters.

Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases
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Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases

The Court ruled the families of terrorism victims had not shown the companies "aided and abetted" attacks on their loved ones.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam
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They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam

More sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) tools are being used to replicate a person's voice.

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
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This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'
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Humans vs. Robots: The Battle Reaches a 'Turning Point'

Warehouse robots increasingly are able to grasp and sort objects of various shapes and sizes with the dexterity of human hands.

FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision
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FTC Sues to Block Microsoft's Acquisition of Game Giant Activision

The lawsuit marks FTC chair Lina Khan's most significant effort to date to address tech industry consolidation, and it could upend Microsoft's gaming ambitions....

Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted
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Apple Will Allow iCloud Backups to be Fully Encrypted

Law enforcement has objected in the past to encrypting iCloud accounts.

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'
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Elon Musk Takes Over Twitter, Declares 'The Bird is Freed'

Musk wants to grow the platform, but he also wants it to be a free speech free-for-all.

AI Can Now Create Any Image in Seconds
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AI Can Now Create Any Image in Seconds

Researchers worry these systems produce images that can cause a range of harms, such as reinforcing racial and gender stereotypes or plagiarizing artists without...

The Robots Are Here, And Making You Fries
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The Robots Are Here, And Making You Fries

Meet Flippy, Sippy and Chippy, the newest technology stepping in to address a protracted labor crunch in food service.

Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over...

AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg
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AI Model Tries to Re-create the Mind of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Researchers at Israeli artificial intelligence company AI21 Labs have developed and released an AI model of late U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg....

Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year
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Teslas Running Autopilot Have Been in 273 Crashes in Less Than a Year

Regulators released the first batch of data since mandating that companies such as Tesla report on serious crashes involving their driver-assistance systems.

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data
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You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data

A consent form from Phreesia gives it permission to use your data for marketing.
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