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The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real
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The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real

Computer-generated avatars created by artificial intelligence software are being used by pro-China bot accounts as part of state-aligned disinformation campaigns...

Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation
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Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government announced that next year it will close a research facility that studied online misinformation.

You Know What's Cool? A 3D-Printing Factory
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You Know What's Cool? A 3D-Printing Factory

The Freeform Future startup aims to establish automated three-dimensional (3D) printing plants that mass-produce products from metal powders using laser arrays....

Forensic Imaging Technology Helps Virtual Autopsies Outnumber Invasive Post-Mortem Procedures
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Forensic Imaging Technology Helps Virtual Autopsies Outnumber Invasive Post-Mortem Procedures

Scientists in Australia say forensic imaging, augmented reality headsets, and artificial intelligence could reduce the necessity for invasive autopsies.

Space Robots Prepare to Grapple and Repair Satellites in Orbit
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Space Robots Prepare to Grapple and Repair Satellites in Orbit

An interview with William Vincent, Robotic Servicing of Geosynchronous Satellites (RSGS) program manager at the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory.

Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots
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Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots

Researchers used ChatGPT to produce clean, convincing text that repeated conspiracy theories and misleading narratives.

AI as Co-Pilot: Your Online Life Is About to Change, Like It or Not
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AI as Co-Pilot: Your Online Life Is About to Change, Like It or Not

Microsoft has Bing powered by the tech behind OpenAI's ChatGPT, Google has Bard, and many more are on the way.

Microsoft Will Let Companies Create their own Custom Versions of ChatGPT, Source Says
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Microsoft Will Let Companies Create their own Custom Versions of ChatGPT, Source Says

Microsoft plans to release technology to help big companies launch their own chatbots using the OpenAI ChatGPT technology, a person familiar with the plans told...

How Big Tech Rewrote the Nation's First Cellphone Repair Law
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How Big Tech Rewrote the Nation's First Cellphone Repair Law

Documents reveal tech lobbyists revised a right-to-repair bill before New York's governor signed it.

Study Reveals a Key Reason Fake News Spreads on Social Media
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Study Reveals a Key Reason Fake News Spreads on Social Media

A study of more than 2,400 Facebook users indicates that platforms, rather than individual users, have a greater responsibility in curbing the dissemination of...

Researchers Propose Fourth Light on Traffic Signals - for Self-Driving Cars
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Researchers Propose Fourth Light on Traffic Signals - for Self-Driving Cars

North Carolina State University researchers proposed the addition of a "white light" to traffic signals to allow autonomous vehicles to help control the flow of...

Silicon Valley Layoffs Mean D.C. Is Hotter Tech Hiring Market
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Silicon Valley Layoffs Mean D.C. Is Hotter Tech Hiring Market

Layoffs by technology giants and startups have created a windfall for nontechnology companies in Washington, D.C., and New York City starved for software engineers...

Israeli Computer Scientist Helps Crack Secrets of Mary Queen of Scots' Lost Letters
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Israeli Computer Scientist Helps Crack Secrets of Mary Queen of Scots' Lost Letters

Israeli computer scientist George Lasry led an international research team to decipher secret coded letters written by Mary, Queen of Scots, over four centuries...

Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom
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Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom

It has long had technology to rival chatbots like ChatGPT, but can't afford to back artificial intelligence that can spread misinformation and toxic content.

Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?
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Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has begun deploying smarter technology at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the George Washington Bridge to help...

Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search
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Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search

Microsoft is building AI technology based on the same foundation as ChatGPT into search, Edge, Office, and other products.

Apps Aim to Douse Social Media Dumpster Fire
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Apps Aim to Douse Social Media Dumpster Fire

New social apps are being introduced that promote a more positive online environment.

Helper Robots Being Deployed to Ease Burden on Hospital Staff
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Helper Robots Being Deployed to Ease Burden on Hospital Staff

The U.K.'s National Health Service is exploring the deployment of helper robots to alleviate the burden on hospital personnel amid a nurse shortage.

Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race
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Underdog Technologies Gain Ground in Quantum-Computing Race

Individual atoms trapped by optical 'tweezers' are emerging as a promising computational platform.

Google Unveils Bard, Its ChatGPT Rival for AI-Powered Conversation
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Google Unveils Bard, Its ChatGPT Rival for AI-Powered Conversation

With a Microsoft event expected to center on ChatGPT expected today, the AI chatbot war is heating up.
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