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DarkBert AI Was Trained Using Dark Web Data
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DarkBert AI Was Trained Using Dark Web Data

Researchers turned to the depths of the dark web to train this new language model

Can We Stop Runaway A.I.?
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Can We Stop Runaway A.I.?

Technologists warn about the dangers of the so-called singularity. But can anything actually be done to prevent it?

Spooked by ChatGPT, US Lawmakers Want to Create an AI Regulator
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Spooked by ChatGPT, US Lawmakers Want to Create an AI Regulator

At a congressional hearing, senators from both parties and OpenAI CEO Sam Altman said a new federal agency was needed to protect people from AI gone bad.

3D-Knitted Robots
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3D-Knitted Robots

Researchers printed soft robots using three-dimensional (3D) knitting technology.

Finding 'Hot Spots' Where Compounding Environmental, Economic Risks Converge
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Finding 'Hot Spots' Where Compounding Environmental, Economic Risks Converge

A new computational tool can pinpoint U.S. counties prone to economic strain from switching to low-carbon energy sources from fossil fuels.

Celebrating Those Who Advance Computing as a Science, Profession
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Celebrating Those Who Advance Computing as a Science, Profession

ACM has recognized four people with its 2022 Service Awards for expanding its mission of "Advancing Computing as a Science and Profession."

Microsoft Says New A.I. Shows Signs of Human Reasoning
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Microsoft Says New A.I. Shows Signs of Human Reasoning

A provocative paper from researchers at Microsoft claims A.I. technology shows the ability to understand the way people do. Critics say those scientists are kidding...

How Content Creators Cope with Discriminatory Algorithms
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How Content Creators Cope with Discriminatory Algorithms

"AI has embedded our cultural biases and threatens to perpetuate discriminatory human behavior."

3D-Printed Heads Talk, Swivel, Listen to Improve Audio Devices
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3D-Printed Heads Talk, Swivel, Listen to Improve Audio Devices

A team of researchers three-dimensionally-printed acoustic head simulators to help measure the absorption and processing of sound.

Researchers Turn Goldfish into Cyborg
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Researchers Turn Goldfish into Cyborg

Researchers equipped goldfish with cybernetic headgear to probe their underlying navigational brain mechanisms.

Seals Provided Inspiration for Waddling Robot
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Seals Provided Inspiration for Waddling Robot

Seals and other pinnipeds inspired researchers to develop a waddling soft robot that reportedly features "improved degrees of freedom, gait trajectory diversity...

A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80
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A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80

Christiane Floyd continues to consider the philosophical and ethical concerns of computer science.

U.S. Universities Building New Semiconductor Workforce
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U.S. Universities Building New Semiconductor Workforce

U.S. universities are training next-generation semiconductor engineers and technicians to fill the jobs needed for the CHIPS Act, signed by President Biden in August...

'De-Americanize': How China Is Remaking Its Chip Business
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'De-Americanize': How China Is Remaking Its Chip Business

Seven months after Washington unveiled tough curbs, Chinese companies are doubling down on homegrown supply chains and drawing billions in cash from Beijing and...

Google's Project Gameface Lets You Control Video Games with Blinks, Smiles
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Google's Project Gameface Lets You Control Video Games with Blinks, Smiles

Google's Project Gameface platform allows gamers to play videogames using head movements and facial gestures.

Researchers Create Robot Capable of Cleaning Your Room, Doing Your Laundry
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Researchers Create Robot Capable of Cleaning Your Room, Doing Your Laundry

An international team of researchers has created the TidyBot robot, which can be commanded to clear spaces of objects.

Parashar Receives 2023 HPDC Achievement Award
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Parashar Receives 2023 HPDC Achievement Award

The ACM International Symposium on High-Performance Parallel and Distributed Computing named Manish Parashar to receive the 2023 Achievement Award in High-Performance...

Jellybeans: A Sweet Solution for Overcrowded Circuitry in Quantum Computer Chips
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Jellybeans: A Sweet Solution for Overcrowded Circuitry in Quantum Computer Chips

Engineers designed "jellybean" quantum dots to enhance quantum processing by physically spreading apart quantum bits without breaking communication between them...

U.S. Focuses on Invigorating 'Chiplets' to Stay Cutting-Edge in Tech
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U.S. Focuses on Invigorating 'Chiplets' to Stay Cutting-Edge in Tech

To stay at the forefront of semiconductor technology, the U.S. has turned its attention to "chiplets."

Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps
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Centipede Robots with More Legs Better at Walking Over Bumps

Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology found that multi-legged robots with more legs were better at navigating rough terrain than those with fewer legs...
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