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How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out
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How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out

Indoor air-quality sensors installed in commercial buildings during the pandemic are now proving useful in areas affected by wildfire smoke.

Barred from Grocery Stores by Facial Recognition
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Barred from Grocery Stores by Facial Recognition

The use of facial recognition by private businesses in the U.K. is on the rise.

A.I. May Someday Work Medical Miracles. For Now, It Helps Do Paperwork
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A.I. May Someday Work Medical Miracles. For Now, It Helps Do Paperwork

The best use for generative A.I. in health care, doctors say, is to ease the heavy burden of documentation that takes them hours a day and contributes to burnout...

The Race to Prevent 'the Worst Case Scenario for Machine Learning'
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The Race to Prevent 'the Worst Case Scenario for Machine Learning'

A.I. companies have an edge in blocking the creation and distribution of child sexual abuse material. They've seen how social media companies failed.

Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way
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Doctors Are Using Chatbots in an Unexpected Way

Despite the drawbacks of turning to artificial intelligence in medicine, some physicians find that ChatGPT improves their ability to communicate empathetically...

After a Rocky Year, Zuckerberg Lays Out Meta's Road Map to Employees
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After a Rocky Year, Zuckerberg Lays Out Meta's Road Map to Employees

In an internal all-hands meeting, the chief executive explained his plans for artificial intelligence, the metaverse, and rebooting Meta's culture.

A Hiring Law Blazes a Path for A.I. Regulation
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A Hiring Law Blazes a Path for A.I. Regulation

New York City's pioneering, focused approach sets rules on how companies use the technology in workforce decisions.

Google's Photo App Still Can't Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple's
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Google's Photo App Still Can't Find Gorillas. And Neither Can Apple's

Eight years after a controversy over Black people being mislabeled as gorillas by image analysis software, tech giants still fear repeating the mistake.

Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?
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Would You Take Financial Advice From A.I.?

The financial services industry is plotting how to incorporate tools like ChatGPT into its products. But humans will still be necessary to provide personal advice...

Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes
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Another Side of the A.I. Boom: Detecting What A.I. Makes

More than a dozen companies have popped up to offer services aimed at identifying whether photos, text, and videos are made by humans or machines.

'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail
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'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail

Digital imaging by deepwater seabed mapping company Magellan for U.K. TV production company Atlantic Productions has yielded a "digital twin" of the RMS Titanic...

My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion
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My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion

Pi, an A.I. tool that debuted this week, is a twist on the new wave of chatbots: It assists people with their wellness and emotions.

The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin
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The Real-World Costs of the Digital Race for Bitcoin

An investigation by The New York Times uncovered 34 large-scale bitcoin mining operations in the U.S., which are straining the power grid, inflating electricity...

Google Devising Radical Search Changes to Beat Back A.I. Rivals
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Google Devising Radical Search Changes to Beat Back A.I. Rivals

The tech giant is sprinting to protect its core business with a flurry of projects, including updates to its search engine and plans for an all-new one.

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...

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.

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...

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 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...
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