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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...

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.

A Watermark for Chatbots can Expose Text Written by an AI
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A Watermark for Chatbots can Expose Text Written by an AI

The tool could let teachers spot plagiarism or help social media platforms fight disinformation bots.

Applying Scientific Method to Bail Reform
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Applying Scientific Method to Bail Reform

More than 50 state, city, and county jurisdictions in the U.S. have implemented the Public Safety Assessment (PSA) tool to shift from cash-based bail systems to...

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

Are ChatGPT, Stability AI, and GitHub Copilot the next big breakthroughs, huge legal and regulatory liabilities, or something else entirely?

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights
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Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

French luxury brand Hermès is suing digital artist Mason Rothchild in a New York court to prevent him from selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) of its Birkin handbags...

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.

Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?
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Has the World's First Unhackable Chip Arrived?

Sinanoglu's backers include the National Science Foundation and the U.S. Department of Defense, which is supporting his research through its Defense Advanced Research...

ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push
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ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push

Researchers used survey data from 3,000 residents of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver to determine which are likely to alter their behaviors to conserve water in...

Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics
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Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology that measures the presence of alcohol in digital images could help recovering alcoholics evaluate their exposure to alcohol marketing on social media...

FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent
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FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent

Under a proposed FTC order, GoodRx would be barred from sharing user health data for advertising purposes.

Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports
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Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports

"The court's ruling in the Meta/Within case is consistent with decades of legal precedent," said Matt Schruers, president of the Computer and Communications Industry...

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups
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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.

A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid
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A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid

Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists have been developing a "black start" computer model to help grid operators quickly restore power after a disruption...

National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Releases Final Report
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National Artificial Intelligence Research Resource Task Force Releases Final Report

Following its launch in June 2021, the Task Force embarked on a rigorous, open process that culminated in this final report.

Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans
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Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans

Cleveland State University asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a district court ruling that "room scans" by exam proctoring software...

The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up
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The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up

ChatGPT is not the only game in town.

AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam
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AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam

Two papers show that large language models, including ChatGPT, can pass the USMLE.

Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group
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Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group

The DOJ said it stopped victims, including hospitals, schools and infrastructure operators worldwide, from paying $130 million in ransom.

Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail
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Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

"...it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom."
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