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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key
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Your Body Is Your Next Security Key

Biometric scanning and AI advances could replace the need for badges to enter buildings and regular password resets to access websites.

Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise
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Robots Look Better to Detroit as Labor Costs Rise

Automakers are again turning their attention to robots to address rising labor costs.

Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations
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Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations

Microsoft is looking to tap nuclear power for its artificial intelligence and supercomputing electricity needs.

The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI
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The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI

The New York Times said Quartz co-founder Zach Seward has been hired to develop principles for "how we do and do not use generative AI."

Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?
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Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?

The Biden administration has proposed a labeling system for artificial intelligence healthcare apps that aims to ensure their safety.

Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year
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Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year

A study found that water use by bitcoin miners hit 591 billion gallons so far this year, up from 415 billion gallons in 2021.

The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off
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The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off

Automaker General Motors has released a suite of open source application programming interfaces so software developers can build apps that integrate with connected...

Private Equity Recruits Data-Science Talent as Industry Tackles Machine Learning
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Private Equity Recruits Data-Science Talent as Industry Tackles Machine Learning

Private equity firms integrating machine learning and data analytics into their investment processes increasingly are turning to data-science experts to interpret...

Most Tech-Forward U.S. City Has Doubts About Self-Driving Cars
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Most Tech-Forward U.S. City Has Doubts About Self-Driving Cars

San Francisco officials and residents are not impressed by self-driving cars, underscoring the challenges ahead for autonomous vehicle companies.

Your School's Next Security Guard May Be a Robot
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Your School's Next Security Guard May Be a Robot

Several technology companies have started offering security robots to U.S. schools.

Rising Data Center Costs Linked to AI Demands
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Rising Data Center Costs Linked to AI Demands

Energy usage associated with running AI number-crunching is fast becoming a key driver of rising data center bills.

Chip Makers Stack 'Chiplets' Like Lego Blocks to Drive AI
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Chip Makers Stack 'Chiplets' Like Lego Blocks to Drive AI

Chip makers are stacking pre-existing chips to speed the development of more powerful chips.

Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?
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Welcome to White Castle. Would You Like Human Interaction with That?

Fast-food chains like White Castle are deploying artificial intelligence-enabled chatbots in drive-throughs.

Robots Are Looking to Bring a Human Touch to Warehouses
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Robots Are Looking to Bring a Human Touch to Warehouses

Automation developers are building a new generation of humanoid machines meant to help fill labor gaps in logistics operations.

AI Is Writing Code Now. For Companies, That Is Good and Bad
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AI Is Writing Code Now. For Companies, That Is Good and Bad

Chief information officers could see their job getting more complex even as generative AI makes software development easier.

Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range
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Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range

Cattle ranchers increasingly have access to virtual fences that allow them to use electronic collars to keep their cows from wandering away.

IBM, Google Give $150 Million for U.S.-Japan Quantum-Computing Push
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IBM, Google Give $150 Million for U.S.-Japan Quantum-Computing Push

Quantum computing research has been given a boost at the University of Chicago and Japan's University of Tokyo with a $150-million investment from IBM and Google...

Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms
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Deere Seeks Satellite Network to Connect Far-Flung Farms

Farm-equipment company Deere aims to network farms in remote regions of Brazil and the U.S. via satellites.

PricewaterhouseCoopers to Pour $1 Billion Into Generative AI
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PricewaterhouseCoopers to Pour $1 Billion Into Generative AI

Multiyear investment in U.S. business includes accessing ChatGPT maker OpenAI's language model, training staff in AI capabilities.

How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames
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How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames

Videogame companies are using generative artificial intelligence tools to create next-generation games faster, at less cost, and with more advanced interactivity...
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