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Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?
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Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?

The Biden administration has proposed a labeling system for artificial intelligence healthcare apps that aims to ensure their safety.

Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently
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Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have developed a waterproof, eel-like robot that can undulate in several different patterns.

Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws
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Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws

In a landmark decision, Epic Games won its lawsuit against the search giant.

Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga
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Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga

Apple takes preventative measures to protect its customers. Beeper claims Apple's latest move does just the opposite.

The Year A.I. Ate the Internet
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The Year A.I. Ate the Internet

Call 2023 the year many of us learned to communicate, create, cheat, and collaborate with robots.

VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research
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VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research

Northwestern University researchers developed virtual reality goggles for mice.

Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber
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Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle.

Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time
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Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time

Two teams of researchers made pairs of calcium monofluoride molecules interact to become entangled, a necessity for quantum computers to perform algorithms.

This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go
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This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go

The eccentric pro-tech movement known as "Effective Accelerationism" wants to unshackle powerful A.I., and party along the way.

E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules
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E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules

The agreement over the A.I. Act solidifies one of the world's first comprehensive attempts to limit the use of artificial intelligence.

U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years
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U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years

The government said a group linked to Russia's intelligence service carried out sustained operations to undermine trust in Britain's political system.

The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows
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The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows

COBOL is one of the top mainframe programming languages in use, but most schools and universities have not taught COBOL  in decades.

Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award
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Samet Honored with ACM SIGSPATIAL Lifetime Impact Award

Hanan Samet was honored with the inaugural Lifetime Impact Award from ACM’s Special Interest Group on Spatial Information (SIGSPATIAL).

Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year
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Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year

A study found that water use by bitcoin miners hit 591 billion gallons so far this year, up from 415 billion gallons in 2021.

AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks
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AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks

Tianfu Wu at North Carolina State University and colleagues developed the QuadAttacK software to test deep neural networks for adversarial vulnerabilities.

2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware
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2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware

An international team developed a monolithic three dimensional integrated chip comprised of layered two-dimensional materials.

Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic
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Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic

Arkose Labs reported malicious attacks by bots and human fraud farms accounted for 73% of all Web and app traffic in the third quarter of 2023.

Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice
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Drones Protect Wind Turbines from Ice

Researchers developed a method to protect wind turbines from ice using drones.

DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough
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DARPA-Funded Research Leads to Quantum Computing Breakthrough

Harvard-led team develops novel logical qubits to enable scalable quantum computers.

Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots
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Multimodal AI Connects the Digital Dots

By knitting together multiple components and data streams, multimodal AI offers the promise of smarter, more human-like systems.
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