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NSF Invests $10.9 Million in Development of Safe AI Technologies
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NSF Invests $10.9 Million in Development of Safe AI Technologies

The National Science Foundation said it will invest $10.9 million in research for the development of user-safe artificial intelligence through the Safe Learning...

Doctors Wrestle With A.I. in Patient Care, Citing Lax Oversight
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Doctors Wrestle With A.I. in Patient Care, Citing Lax Oversight

The F.D.A. has approved many new programs that use artificial intelligence, but doctors are skeptical that the tools really improve care or are backed by solid...

Biden Issues AI Executive Order, Requiring Safety Assessments, Civil Rights Guidance, Research on Labor Market Impact
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Biden Issues AI Executive Order, Requiring Safety Assessments, Civil Rights Guidance, Research on Labor Market Impact

The order builds on voluntary commitments the White House previously secured from leading AI companies and represents the first major binding government action...

AI Muddies Israel-Hamas War in Unexpected Way
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AI Muddies Israel-Hamas War in Unexpected Way

Disinformation researchers have found the use of artificial intelligence to spread falsehoods in the Israel-Hamas war is sowing doubt about the veracity of online...

Rishi Sunak Lays Out Vision for New Global AI Safety Bodies
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Rishi Sunak Lays Out Vision for New Global AI Safety Bodies

British PM defended seeking Chinese buy-in for a bevvy of new AI governance initiatives he is set to launch next week.

How AI Is Helping Historians Better Understand Our Past
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How AI Is Helping Historians Better Understand Our Past

The historians of tomorrow are using computer science to analyze how people lived centuries ago.

AI 'Breakthrough': Neural Net Has Human-Like Ability to Generalize Language
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AI 'Breakthrough': Neural Net Has Human-Like Ability to Generalize Language

A neural-network-based artificial intelligence outperforms ChatGPT at quickly folding new words into its lexicon, a key aspect of human intelligence.

AI Firms Must Be Held Responsible for Harm They Cause, 'Godfathers' Say
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AI Firms Must Be Held Responsible for Harm They Cause, 'Godfathers' Say

A group of experts said artificial intelligence companies must be held accountable for the damage their products cause.

An Industry Insider Drives an Open Alternative to Big Tech's A.I.
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An Industry Insider Drives an Open Alternative to Big Tech's A.I.

The nonprofit Allen Institute for AI, led by a respected computer scientist who sold his company to Apple, is trying to democratize cutting-edge research.

Nvidia and iPhone Maker Foxconn to Build 'AI Factories'
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Nvidia and iPhone Maker Foxconn to Build 'AI Factories'

Foxconn's  Liu told the BBC that electric vehicles will drive the company's growth in the coming decades.

Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy
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Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy

OpenAI now lets outsiders tweak what its chatbot does. A new paper says that can lead to trouble.

Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says
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Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says

Venture with GM, Cruise aims to eventually have 500 robotaxis.

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling
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Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

The use of facial recognition software to expedite admission to venues like airports and theme parks is raising privacy and security concerns among experts.

AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic
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AlphaFold, Similar Tools Could Help Preparations for Next Pandemic

Researchers increasingly are using artificial intelligence to help prepare for future pandemics.

AI Approach Yields 'Athletically Intelligent' Robotic Dog
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AI Approach Yields 'Athletically Intelligent' Robotic Dog

An international team of researchers developed a vision-based algorithm enabling off-the-shelf quadruped robots to move from obstacle to obstacle autonomously and...

China Has a New Plan for Judging the Safety of Generative AI—and it's Packed with Details
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China Has a New Plan for Judging the Safety of Generative AI—and it's Packed with Details

A new proposal spells out the very specific ways companies should evaluate AI security and enforce censorship in AI models.

A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table
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A.I. Tool Diagnoses Brain Tumors on the Operating Table

A new study describes a method for faster and more precise diagnoses, which can help surgeons decide how aggressively to operate.

Google's Green Light Project Retimes Traffic Lights for 30% Fewer Stops
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Google's Green Light Project Retimes Traffic Lights for 30% Fewer Stops

Google's Project Green Light has partnered with 12 cities worldwide to provide artificial intelligence-based traffic signal timing recommendations.

'A.I. Obama' and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok
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'A.I. Obama' and Fake Newscasters: How A.I. Audio Is Swarming TikTok

TikTok accounts are spreading falsehoods with the help from A.I.-generated voices.

AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers
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AI Beats Human Sleuth at Finding Problematic Images in Research Papers

A study by independent U.K. biologist Sholto David found that artificial intelligence can identify image manipulation in research papers faster and more accurately...
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