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At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate
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At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate

UNESCO's Internet For Trust Conference brought together 4,300 participants to discuss regulatory solutions to the ongoing crisis of online information.

Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.

Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage
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Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage

Maryland nonprofit Vehicles for Change is using virtual reality to train automotive mechanics through a program designed to address a national shortage.

Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'
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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'

MIT engineers have formulated a method of controlling the spins of atomic nuclei as quantum bits using two different-colored laser beams.

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
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Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.

MXenes Shield EMI, More
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MXenes Shield EMI, More

Feather-light yet providing near-total shielding capability, MXenes effectively conduct electricity, tune frequencies, and enhance the integrity of communications...

Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI
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Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI

The company had a change of heart after "lobotomizing" its AI.

Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient
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Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient

Despite an uncertain outlook, corporations plan to continue investing in their digital projects — a source of stability for the economy.

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.

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.

Love Bytes
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Love Bytes

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

Ears on AI and Data
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Ears on AI and Data

A round-up of podcasts focused on artificial intelligence and/or data.

Google Fiber's 5-gig Internet Service Starts Rolling Out in Three Cities
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Google Fiber's 5-gig Internet Service Starts Rolling Out in Three Cities

Google's Fiber home internet service now has a bidirectional 5 Gbps option in Kansas City, West Des Moines, and the Salt Lake City metropolitan area.

Microsoft's ChatGPT-Powered Bing Reveals Its Codename and Rules, Argues With Users
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Microsoft's ChatGPT-Powered Bing Reveals Its Codename and Rules, Argues With Users

 Bing Chat reveals its codename and many of the rules for how it should respond to prompts.

Combating Disinformation Wanes at Social Media Giants
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Combating Disinformation Wanes at Social Media Giants

As the companies have shed jobs recently, many teams assigned to combat false and misleading information have taken a hit.

Ambient IoT Gets Down to Business
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Ambient IoT Gets Down to Business

Highly flexible, inexpensive low-energy sensors combined with pervasive connectivity and artificial intelligence deliver real-time triggers without human intervention...

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.

Researchers Discover a More Flexible Approach to Machine Learning
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Researchers Discover a More Flexible Approach to Machine Learning

"Liquid" neural nets, based on a worm's nervous system, can transform their underlying algorithms on the fly, giving them unprecedented speed and adaptability. ...
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