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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.

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.

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...

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...

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?
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Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?

Machine learning researchers have struggled over the past couple of decades to capture the flexibility of human knowledge in computer models.

William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83
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William A. Wulf, Pioneering Computer Scientist, Dies at 83

One of the first people to receive a graduate degree in the field, Wulf helped to adapt an early Pentagon communications web into the network that eventually grew...

How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race
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How Siri, Alexa and Google Assistant Lost the A.I. Race

The virtual assistants had more than a decade to become indispensable. But they were hampered by clunky design and miscalculations, leaving room for chatbots to...

'Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom': A.I. Funding Frenzy Escalates
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'Let 1,000 Flowers Bloom': A.I. Funding Frenzy Escalates

In just weeks, a gold rush into artificial intelligence start-ups has become a full-blown mania.

After Bank Debacle, Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Image
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After Bank Debacle, Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Image

Even as start-ups and investors began recovering their money from Silicon Valley Bank, the episode exposed the tech industry's vulnerabilities.

Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.
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Making Deepfakes Gets Cheaper and Easier Thanks to A.I.

Meme-makers and misinformation peddlers are embracing artificial intelligence tools to create convincing fake videos on the cheap.

The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy
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The Chatbots Are Here, and the Internet Industry Is in a Tizzy

The new technology could upend many online businesses. But for companies that figure out how to work with it, A.I. could be a boon.

The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse
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The Next Hot Housing Market Is in the Metaverse

Real estate builders and investors envision the metaverse as the new housing market, with contractors like Gabe Sierra offering virtual twins of the properties...

Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss
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Using A.I. to Detect Breast Cancer That Doctors Miss

Hungary has become a major testing ground for A.I. software to spot cancer, as doctors debate whether the technology will replace them in medical jobs.

New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms
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New Biden Cybersecurity Strategy Assigns Responsibility to Tech Firms

The policy document urges more mandates on the firms that control most of the nation's digital infrastructure, and an expanded government role to disrupt hackers...

Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government
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Biden's Semiconductor Plan Flexes the Power of the Federal Government

In return for vast subsidies, the Biden administration is asking the chip industry to make promises about its workers and finances.

Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.
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Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.

One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence argues that chatbots are often prodded into producing strange results by the people who are using them.
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