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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.

The Holy Grail of Electric Vehicles: Solid-State Batteries
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The Holy Grail of Electric Vehicles: Solid-State Batteries

Manufacturers look to make batteries safer and help them last longer by replacing liquid cores with solid ones.

Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction
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Inside the Project Trying to Save Datasets from Extinction

Researchers race to find ecological data kept on outdated media or in dusty backroom boxes—before they're lost forever.

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...

Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls
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Flying Robot Echolocates Like a Bat to Avoid Hitting Walls

Frederike Dümbgen and colleagues have equipped a flying robot to use bat-like echolocation to map its surroundings using a simple microphone and speaker.

Bioengineered Skin Grafts Fit Like a Glove
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Bioengineered Skin Grafts Fit Like a Glove

Columbia University researchers have developed a method for growing engineered skin in complex, three-dimensional shapes to make it easier to graft skin onto irregularly...

At This School, Computer Science Class Now Includes Critiquing Chatbots
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At This School, Computer Science Class Now Includes Critiquing Chatbots

Move over, coding. Some schools are asking student programmers to think critically about rapid advances in artificial intelligence.

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?

Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go
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Wearable Sensor Provides Cardiac Imaging on the Go

A new portable ultrasound device uses custom algorithms to measure how much blood is being pumped by the heart.

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...

Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma
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Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma

A smart contact lens can monitor intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients and deliver medications in response to IOP levels.

AI Bot ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments
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AI Bot ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments

Large language models supply grammatically correct answers but struggle with calculations.

DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO
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DARPA's Quantum Computing is Powered by ... FOMO

Microsoft and friends happy to assuage Uncle Sam's anxiety — for a price.
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