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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.
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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.

Missy Cummings, who spent more than a year at the federal auto safety agency, said that drivers were putting too much trust in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and...

The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real
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The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real

Computer-generated avatars created by artificial intelligence software are being used by pro-China bot accounts as part of state-aligned disinformation campaigns...

Five Takeaways From the House G.O.P. Hearing With Former Twitter Executives
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Five Takeaways From the House G.O.P. Hearing With Former Twitter Executives

The Oversight Committee called the session to scrutinize whether the social media platform has censored the right, but it yielded new revelations about the company's...

Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots
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Disinformation Researchers Raise Alarms About A.I. Chatbots

Researchers used ChatGPT to produce clean, convincing text that repeated conspiracy theories and misleading narratives.

Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom
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Meta, Long an A.I. Leader, Tries Not to Be Left Out of the Boom

It has long had technology to rival chatbots like ChatGPT, but can't afford to back artificial intelligence that can spread misinformation and toxic content.

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups
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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
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How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits
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U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits

Amid a tech cold war with China, U.S. companies have pledged nearly $200 billion for chip manufacturing projects since early 2020. But the investments are not a...

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System
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How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System

An information technology director was put on leave for negligence after Suffolk County officials released the results of their investigation.

The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?
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The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child's homework will never be the same. Then there's the misinformation problem.

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control
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How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

The market for commercial spyware — which allows governments to invade mobile phones and vacuum up data — is booming. Even the U.S. government is using it.

Oversight Board Criticizes Meta for Preferential Treatment
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Oversight Board Criticizes Meta for Preferential Treatment

Influential and powerful users on Facebook and Instagram receive "unequal treatment," an internal report said.

In Phoenix, Taiwanese Chip Giant Builds a Hedge Against China
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In Phoenix, Taiwanese Chip Giant Builds a Hedge Against China

Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company, the world's biggest maker of advanced computer chips, unveiled an ambitious factory upgrade in Arizona.

'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

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.

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.

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. ...
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