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Parenting a Three-Year-Old Robot
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Parenting a Three-Year-Old Robot

An open source AI agent developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Meta AI gives robots manipulation abilities equivalent to those of a three-year-old child...

Researchers Explore Best Practices for Talking to Kids About Online Privacy
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Researchers Explore Best Practices for Talking to Kids About Online Privacy

Researchers at NIST suggest good strategies for talking to kids about online privacy and security, from a young age through high school. 

Meet the Hackers Who Are Trying to Make AI Go Rogue
From ACM News

Meet the Hackers Who Are Trying to Make AI Go Rogue

Chatbots can be biased, deceptive or even dangerous. Hackers are competing to figure out exactly how.

Unsupervised, Online Exams Provide Valid Assessments
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Unsupervised, Online Exams Provide Valid Assessments

Iowa State University's Jason Chan and Dahwi Ahn found students' online, unsupervised exam scores largely corresponded to those of in-person, proctored exams.

OpenAI Discontinues Its AI Writing Detector Due to 'Low Rate of Accuracy'
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OpenAI Discontinues Its AI Writing Detector Due to 'Low Rate of Accuracy'

Research shows that any AI writing detector can be defeated—and false positives abound.

Teachers Put AI Tutoring Bots to the Test
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Teachers Put AI Tutoring Bots to the Test

Three public schools in Newark, NJ, are testing an artificial intelligence (AI)-assisted teaching aid from education nonprofit Khan Academy.

Computer-Assisted Proofs Take on Fluid Flow
From Communications of the ACM

Computer-Assisted Proofs Take on Fluid Flow

Researchers use computers to show that equations can "blow up."

A Pink Rover Tackles the Red Planet, Barriers for Women in Science
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A Pink Rover Tackles the Red Planet, Barriers for Women in Science

A team from Australia placed second in the University Rover Challenge in Hanksville, UT, with a pink-colored robotic rover.

Professor AI: Harvard Plans to Deploy ChatGPT-like Bot as Computer Science instructor
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Professor AI: Harvard Plans to Deploy ChatGPT-like Bot as Computer Science instructor

Harvard University is planning to deploy a ChatGPT-like AI bot as an instructor in one of its Computer Science courses.

Google Backs Creation of Cybersecurity Clinics with $20-Million Donation
From ACM TechNews

Google Backs Creation of Cybersecurity Clinics with $20-Million Donation

Google CEO Sundar Pichai pledged $20 million to support and expand the Consortium of Cybersecurity Clinics.

Harvard's New Computer Science Teacher is a Chatbot
From ACM News

Harvard's New Computer Science Teacher is a Chatbot

Students enrolled in the university's flagship CS50 course will be presented with the AI teacher in September.

Outsmarting Deepfake Video
From Communications of the ACM

Outsmarting Deepfake Video

Looking for truth, when "it's becoming surprisingly easy to distort reality."

Doctors Train in Virtual Reality
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Doctors Train in Virtual Reality

Simulations prepare surgeons for the real thing.
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