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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."

Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal
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Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal

South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have issued a free software patch to owners of 8.3 million 2015-2019 models in order to thwart car thieves.

Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation
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Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation

Executives of brain-computer interface developers warned of excessive government regulation.

German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing
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German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing

The systems were deemed unconstitutional as they violated the right to informational self-determination.

Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls
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Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls

California-based HigherGround's Live911 software allows police to access 911 emergency calls in real time, reducing their response time.

Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'
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Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'

The recall notice applies to certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

U.K. Government Sets Up Dedicated Department for Science, Technology
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U.K. Government Sets Up Dedicated Department for Science, Technology

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the creation of the new cabinet-level department.

Love Bytes
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Love Bytes

Georgia State University researchers are exposing how scammers exploit dating applications to defraud victims.

Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.
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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.

Missy Cummings, who spent more than a year at the federal auto safety agency, said that drivers were putting too much trust in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and...

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.

AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics
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AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics

Grzegorz Rutkowski has become one of the most popular artists to copy using image-generating artificial intelligence systems like OpenAI's Dall-E 2 and Stability...

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?

Jury Rules that NFTs Aren't Really Art
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Jury Rules that NFTs Aren't Really Art

Better luck next time, NFT bros.

Sports Illustrated Publisher Taps AI to Generate Articles, Story Ideas
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Sports Illustrated Publisher Taps AI to Generate Articles, Story Ideas

Sports Illustrated publisher Arena Group is investing in AI to help produce articles and suggest story ideas through partnerships with AI startups Jasper and Nota...

TikTok Reveals Russian Disinformation Network Targeting European Users
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TikTok Reveals Russian Disinformation Network Targeting European Users

Accounts spread anti-Ukrainian messages in local languages.

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...

U.S., EU to Launch First-of-Its-Kind AI Agreement
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U.S., EU to Launch First-of-Its-Kind AI Agreement

An artificial intelligence agreement between the U.S. and EU aims to improve a variety of fields by speeding and enhancing use of the technology.

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.

Five Takeaways From the House G.O.P. Hearing With Former Twitter Executives
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Five Takeaways From the House G.O.P. Hearing With Former Twitter Executives

The Oversight Committee called the session to scrutinize whether the social media platform has censored the right, but it yielded new revelations about the company's...
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