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Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World
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Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World

The World Wide Web's launch three decades ago marked the beginning of the Internet's evolution into the revolutionary communications tool it has become.

This 22-Year-Old is Trying to Save Us from ChatGPT Before it Changes Writing Forever
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This 22-Year-Old is Trying to Save Us from ChatGPT Before it Changes Writing Forever

Tian says he has a couple primary motivations for creating GPTZero. The first is transparency. "Humans deserve to know when something is written by a human or written...

Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare
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Cyberattacks on Hospitals Thwart India's Push to Digitize Healthcare

Massive cyberattacks targeting hospitals in India have undermined the nation's healthcare digitization initiatives.

The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up
From ACM News

The World Generates So Much Data that New Unit Measurements Were Created to Keep Up

The new prefixes come at a time when scientists and industries are dealing with data that need measurements going beyond the current range.

Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots
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Leading Makers Pledge Not to Weaponize Their Robots

Six major robot manufacturers — Boston Dynamics, Agility Robotics, ANYbotics, Clearpath Robotics, Open Robotics, and Unitree — have signed a letter promising not...

Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect
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Supreme Court Blocks Texas Social Media Law from Taking Effect

The Texas law enables users of leading social media platforms to sue the platforms if they think they have been censored because of their political views.

Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release
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Flaws Plague Tool Meant to Help Low-Risk Federal Prisoners Win Early Release

The U.S. Department of Justice found persistent flaws in an algorithm used to qualify low-risk federal prisoners for early release.

Computer Models of Civilization Offer Routes to Ending Global Warming
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Computer Models of Civilization Offer Routes to Ending Global Warming

Some climate scientists believe massive computer simulations of the world economy could be harnessed to establish a path forward to prevent the worst effects of...

U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China
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U.S. Senate Passes Bill to Encourage Tech Competition, Especially with China

The U.S. Senate passed legislation to ramp up semiconductor production and development of advanced technology amid intensifying global competition, especially from...

Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches
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Pipelines Now Must Report Cybersecurity Breaches

The U.S. Transportation Security Administration has announced new reporting mandates for pipeline operators following the ransomware attack on the Colonial Pipeline...

Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm
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Scientists Bring Sense of Touch to a Robotic Arm

Scientists conferred a sense of touch to a robotic arm that provides tactile feedback directly to a paralyzed man's brain.

A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack
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A 'Worst Nightmare' Cyberattack: The Untold Story Of The SolarWinds Hack

An NPR investigation into the SolarWinds attack reveals a hack unlike any other,

New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker
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New U.K. Currency Honors Alan Turing, Pioneering Computer Scientist and Code-Breaker

The Bank of England has unveiled a new £50 banknote featuring pioneering mathematician, code-breaker, and computer scientist Alan Turing.

Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages
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Auto Production Disrupted by Chip Shortages

A global shortage of computer chips has hit automakers worldwide, a problem compounded by spiking demand for new cars.

Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots
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Researchers: Nearly Half Of Accounts Tweeting About Coronavirus Are Likely Bots

Computer scientists have determined that nearly half of all Twitter accounts spreading messages about the Covid-19 pandemic are likely bots.

How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus
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How Computer Modeling of COVID-19's Spread Could Help Fight the Virus

Scientists are using computer models to combat the COVID-19 outbreak by predicting how the global epidemic could spread.

China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors
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China Restricts Video Gaming by Minors

Chinese officials have unveiled guidelines for limiting online videogame use by persons under 18, claiming it hurts health and learning.

Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet
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Russian Law Gives Government Sweeping Power Over Internet

Earlier this year, Russia passed a law that theoretically would allow the government to sequester the country's Internet from the rest of the world, as well as...

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans
From ACM TechNews

Soccer Team In Denmark Is Using Facial Recognition to Stop Unruly Fans

Brondby Stadium of Copenhagen, Denmark, is using one of Europe's first large-scale private facial recognition systems to catch those banned from the stadium as...

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip
From ACM TechNews

Improved Prosthetic Hand Has Lighter Touch, Easy Grip

Researchers have improved a commercially developed, three-dimensional printed robotic prosthetic arm, allowing an amputee to grasp his wife's hand and "feel" her...
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