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A.I. May Help Design Your Favorite Video Game Character
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A.I. May Help Design Your Favorite Video Game Character

Generative A.I. is already changing how games are made, with Blizzard Entertainment training an image generator on assets from World of Warcraft, Diablo, and Overwatch...

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...

Microsoft Says New A.I. Shows Signs of Human Reasoning
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Microsoft Says New A.I. Shows Signs of Human Reasoning

A provocative paper from researchers at Microsoft claims A.I. technology shows the ability to understand the way people do. Critics say those scientists are kidding...

Researchers Turn Goldfish into Cyborg
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Researchers Turn Goldfish into Cyborg

Researchers equipped goldfish with cybernetic headgear to probe their underlying navigational brain mechanisms.

'De-Americanize': How China Is Remaking Its Chip Business
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'De-Americanize': How China Is Remaking Its Chip Business

Seven months after Washington unveiled tough curbs, Chinese companies are doubling down on homegrown supply chains and drawing billions in cash from Beijing and...

China's Search Engines Have More Than 66,000 Content Rules
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China's Search Engines Have More Than 66,000 Content Rules

Analysts found China's search engines have more than 66,000 rules governing content, suggesting the growing pervasiveness and subtlety of the country's censorship...

The Next Fear on A.I.: Hollywood's Killer Robots Become the Military's Tools
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The Next Fear on A.I.: Hollywood's Killer Robots Become the Military's Tools

U.S. national security officials are warning about the potential for the new technology to upend war, cyber conflict and — in the most extreme case — the use of...

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.

A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading
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A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading

In a recent experiment, researchers used large language models to translate brain activity into words.

Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?
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Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a robot that can paint an abstract acrylic. Is it art?

States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet
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States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet

New age restrictions for minors on sites like TikTok and Pornhub could also hinder adults' access to online services.

'The Godfather of A.I.' Leaves Google, Warns of Danger Ahead
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'The Godfather of A.I.' Leaves Google, Warns of Danger Ahead

For half a century, Geoffrey Hinton nurtured the technology at the heart of chatbots like ChatGPT. Now he worries it will cause serious harm.

Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers
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Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers

The billionaire plans to compete with OpenAI, the ChatGPT developer he helped found, while calling out the potential harms of artificial intelligence.

The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up
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The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up

Early adopters thought cryptocurrencies would be free from prying eyes, but tracking the flow of funds has become a big business.

Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems
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Reddit Wants to Get Paid for Helping Teach Big AI Systems

Reddit announced it will begin charging for access to its application programming interface.

Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips
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Tech Industry Pioneer Sees Way for U.S. to Lead in Advanced Chips

Ivan Sutherland, who helped pioneer CMOS semiconductors decades ago, believes the U.S. can regain the global lead in advanced chipmaking.

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.
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