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The End of Faking It in Silicon Valley
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The End of Faking It in Silicon Valley

Recent charges, convictions, and sentences all indicate that the start-up world's habit of playing fast and loose with the truth actually has consequences.

Can We No Longer Believe Anything We See?
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Can We No Longer Believe Anything We See?

The rapid advent of artificial intelligence has set off alarms that the technology used to trick people is advancing far faster than the technology that can identify...

The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow
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The Virtual Vet Will See You Meow

Veterinary telemedicine could help more pet owners access much-needed care and put anxious animals at ease, but challenges remain.

How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains
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How A.I., DNA Are Unlocking the Mysteries of Global Supply Chains

Firms are turning to advanced technologies to help answer a surprisingly tricky question: Where do products really come from?

A.I. Is Coming for Lawyers, Again
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A.I. Is Coming for Lawyers, Again

Previous advances in A.I. inspired predictions that the law was the lucrative profession most likely to suffer job losses. It didn't happen. Is this time different...

In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution
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In A.I. Race, Microsoft and Google Choose Speed Over Caution

Technology companies were once leery of what some artificial intelligence could do. Now the priority is winning control of the industry's next big thing.

Historically Black University Created Its Own Tech Intern Pipeline
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Historically Black University Created Its Own Tech Intern Pipeline

Last year, the computer science department of Bowie State University established an internship program in partnership with several companies and government agencies...

Instant Videos Could Represent the Next Leap in A.I. Technology
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Instant Videos Could Represent the Next Leap in A.I. Technology

A start-up in New York is among a group of companies working on systems that can produce short videos based on a few words typed into a computer.

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.

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 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.
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