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Following U.S. Sanctions, China Decides Its Future Lies With RISC Chips
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Following U.S. Sanctions, China Decides Its Future Lies With RISC Chips

With access to x86 and ARM chips becoming increasingly difficult, Chinese companies turn their focus on to the open-source RISC-V architecture.

Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'
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Physicists Create 'the Smallest, Crummiest Wormhole You Can Imagine'

Scientists used a quantum computer to explore the ultimate escape route from a black hole.

'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them
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'Innovation Hubs' Aim to Lift Distressed Areas. Congress Just Has to Fund Them

A new report suggests where 20 newly created research centers could best revitalize struggling economies and accelerate new technologies

We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity
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We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity

We know the problems and the answers. So why do so few organizations act?

Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 
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Uber's Facial Recognition is Locking Indian Drivers Out of their Accounts 

Uber checks that a driver's face matches what the company has on file through a program called "Real-Time ID Check."

The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward
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The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward

The implosion of the exchange FTX shows how an industry built in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis has drifted far from its original ideals.

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters
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How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

China's police used an advanced surveillance system to track protesters who rallied against the government's pandemic policies this past week.

Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers
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Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers

Researchers tested Facebook's automated moderation system by submitting ads around Election Day that contained direct threats against election workers.

Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics
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Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics

Automating some warehouse functions could let the giant do more with its existing workforce—or the retailer may not require all the humans it employs today.

Why Researchers Are Teaching AI to Play Minecraft
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Why Researchers Are Teaching AI to Play Minecraft

OpenAI has developed a Minecraft-playing bot that can build pixelated tools and buildings in the game via a combination of imitation and reinforcement learning....

How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.
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How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.

Bankman-Fried and his colleagues spent more than $530 million to battle what they saw as the dangers of artificial intelligence. Now those efforts are reeling. ...

Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning
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Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning

Twitter's defense of its legal immunity and ability to moderate comes as its new owner, Elon Musk, has been rapidly shifting the platform's content policy.

E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules
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E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules

Musk has signaled an interest in rolling back many of Twitter's previous rules meant to combat misinformation.

Musk Says 'Misunderstanding' With Apple Is Resolved
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Musk Says 'Misunderstanding' With Apple Is Resolved

Musk, who had said the company was trying to sabotage Twitter, met with Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, on Wednesday.

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing
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Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing

New technique could diminish errors that hamper the performance of super-fast analog optical neural networks.

Websites Have Way More Trackers Now
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Websites Have Way More Trackers Now

Analysts at NordVPN found the average website has 48 trackers monitoring visitors' activity and recording their private data.

San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill
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San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to grant city police the option to deploy potentially lethal robots in emergency situations.

Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code
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Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code

A team of Cornell University researchers created the Notate interface to translate handwriting and sketches into computer code.

SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials
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SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials

A software bill of materials lists the "ingredients" in a software product, making it easier to identify and avoid security risks.
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