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A Campaign Aide Didn't Write That Email. A.I. Did.
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A Campaign Aide Didn't Write That Email. A.I. Did.

The swift advance of artificial intelligence in politics is already blurring the boundaries between fact and fake.

Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail
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Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail

A man falsely accused of theft in a state he said he had never even visited.

A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.
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A Front Company and a Fake Identity: How the U.S. Came to Use Spyware It Was Trying to Kill.

The Biden administration has been trying to choke off use of hacking tools made by the Israeli firm NSO. It turns out that not every part of the government has...

The State of Artificial Intelligence: Stanford HAI Releases its Latest AI Index Report
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The State of Artificial Intelligence: Stanford HAI Releases its Latest AI Index Report

Stanford HAI's new report also dedicates multiple chapters to the impact of AI on society.

AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings
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AI Could Set Bar for Designing Hurricane-Resistant Buildings

U.S. National Institute of Standards and Technology researchers have created a new digital hurricane modeling technique that more accurately simulates storm trajectory...

Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones
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Researchers Screen for Prediabetes with Smartphones

University of Washington researchers have created a prediabetes screening tool that taps the capacitive touch-sensing capabilities of smartphones to measure blood...

The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech
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The Spread of Police Surveillance Tech

A recent police conference in Dubai showcased next-generation surveillance technologies for use by law enforcement agencies across the globe.

AI Pioneer Admits There is a Small Chance AI Leads to Humanity's Extinction
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AI Pioneer Admits There is a Small Chance AI Leads to Humanity's Extinction

Ultimately, though, Hinton says artificial intelligencew has a lot of potential to help make people's jobs easier.

The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing
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The Unbelievable Zombie Comeback of Analog Computing

Computers have been digital for half a century. Why would anyone want to resurrect the clunkers of yesteryear?

Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership
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Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership

Many sites get at least half their traffic from search engines. Fuller results generated by new chatbots could mean far fewer visitors.

ChatGPT Opened a New Era in Search. Microsoft Could Ruin It
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ChatGPT Opened a New Era in Search. Microsoft Could Ruin It

Startups say Microsoft and its Bing chatbot—not just Google—are stifling competition when it comes to creating better search engines.

Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers
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Supersized Atoms Could Help Quantum Computers Link to Optical Fibers

Researchers developed a device that could enable multiple quantum computers to be networked together by converting quantum outputs into light signals that can travel...

The Technion Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv
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The Technion Mourns the Passing of Distinguished Professor Jacob Ziv

In addition to his scientific achievements, Ziv will be remembered for his kindness, generosity, and dedication to the next generation of scientists.

Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress
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Forestry VR Project to Give Plantations Better Information About Quality, Progress

Scientists at the University of South Australia are creating virtual reality maps of forest plantations to advance forestry management.

Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think
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Eye Tracking During Building Inspections Provides Insight on How Experts Think

Researchers used eye-tracking software to analyze building inspectors' gaze patterns to gain insights into safety assessment behaviors.

Conservatives Aim to Build Their Own Chatbot
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Conservatives Aim to Build Their Own Chatbot

Chatbots have become a new political weapon, with conservatives aiming to design bots reflecting their values amid accusations that artificial intelligence companies...

Will AI Replace Computer Programmers?
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Will AI Replace Computer Programmers?

Advances in artificial intelligence tools that can code could improve productivity, but portend disruption.

Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot
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Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot

Keirzo has absorbed recordings of a range of different drummers, and is practicing and merging various techniques to develop its own playing style.

Elon Musk and Others Call for Pause on A.I., Citing 'Profound Risks to Society'
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Elon Musk and Others Call for Pause on A.I., Citing 'Profound Risks to Society'

More than 1,000 tech leaders, researchers, and others signed an open letter urging a moratorium on the development of the most powerful artificial intelligence...

School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers
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School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers

New York's Mineola school district has boosted the numbers of its students taking computer science by infusing the subject into curricula as early as pre-kindergarten...
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