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An edited collection of advanced computing news from Communications of the ACM, ACM TechNews, other ACM resources, and news sites around the Web.


The Security Hole at the Heart of ChatGPT and Bing
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The Security Hole at the Heart of ChatGPT and Bing

Indirect prompt-injection attacks can leave people vulnerable to scams and data theft when they use the AI chatbots.

How To Delete Your Data From ChatGPT
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How To Delete Your Data From ChatGPT

OpenAI has new tools that give you more control over your information—although they may not go far enough.

China's Metaverse Is All About Work
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China's Metaverse Is All About Work

China's government aims to build a metaverse that supports the economy, while its Western counterparts are focused on consumers.

Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts
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Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts

It's time to reform the U.S. legal system.

Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird
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Robotaxis Are Going to Sound Weird

Good weird! Skip the small talk in a driverless EV and enjoy the audio cues that will guide you through a ride and keep you safe.

How Russia Killed its  Tech Industry
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How Russia Killed its Tech Industry

The invasion of Ukraine supercharged the decline of the country's already struggling tech sector—and undercut its biggest success story, Yandex.

ChatGPT Opened a New Era in Search. Microsoft Could Ruin It
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ChatGPT Opened a New Era in Search. Microsoft Could Ruin It

Startups say Microsoft and its Bing chatbot—not just Google—are stifling competition when it comes to creating better search engines.

Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System
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Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System

Virtual landowners have found a way to put their investments to work, but with unintended consequences.

The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data
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The FBI Just Admitted It Bought US Location Data

Rather than obtaining a warrant, the bureau purchased sensitive data—a controversial practice that privacy advocates say is deeply problematic.

Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.

U.S. Border Patrol Finally Able to Check E-Passport Data
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U.S. Border Patrol Finally Able to Check E-Passport Data

After 16 years, the agency has implemented the software to cryptographically verify digital passport data—and it's already caught a dozen alleged fraudsters.

Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI
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Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI

After a backlash, Spotify paused an arrangement that allowed Apple to train machine learning models on some audiobook files.

Eric Schmidt Is Building the Perfect AI War-Fighting Machine
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Eric Schmidt Is Building the Perfect AI War-Fighting Machine

The former Google CEO is on a mission to rewire the U.S. military with cutting-edge artificial intelligence to take on China. Will it make the world safer?

The Generative AI Race Has a Dirty Secret
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The Generative AI Race Has a Dirty Secret

Integrating large language models into search engines could mean a fivefold increase in computing power and huge carbon emissions.

Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI
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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Bad actors use artificial intelligence to propagate falsehoods and upset elections, but the same tools can be repurposed to defend the truth.

This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells
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This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells

Google Research spinout Osmo wants to find substitutes for hard-to-source aromas. The tech could inspire new perfumes—and help combat mosquito-borne diseases.

San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan
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San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan

The city rolled back a controversial decision to let robots use lethal force without human intervention. But the fight is far from over.

A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan
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A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan

Bitcoin miners say they can help stabilize a shaky power grid and prevent blackouts. Experts say it will make the problem worse.

The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech
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The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech

Rust makes it impossible to introduce some of the most common security vulnerabilities. And its adoption can't come soon enough.

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.
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