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 FTC Investigating Whether ChatGPT Harms Consumers
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FTC Investigating Whether ChatGPT Harms Consumers

The agency's demand for OpenAI's documents about AI risks mark the company's greatest U.S. regulatory threat to date.

Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead
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Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead

With the sector in the doldrums and facing tough new SEC scrutiny, some of Wall Street's heaviest hitters are moving to enfold it.

They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out
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They Helped Train Google's AI. Then They Got Fired After Speaking Out

Google contract workers employed by Appen alleged Wednesday that they were fired after raising concerns about AI and their working conditions.

Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power
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Europe Moves Ahead on AI Regulation, Challenging Tech Giants' Power

Brussels brought a new antitrust challenge against Google on the same day European lawmakers voted to approve the E.U. AI Act.

AI Chatbots Lose Money Every Time You Use Them. That's a Problem
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AI Chatbots Lose Money Every Time You Use Them. That's a Problem

The cost of operating the systems is so high that companies aren't deploying their best versions to the public.

All The Unexpected Ways ChatGPT is Infiltrating Students' Lives
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All The Unexpected Ways ChatGPT is Infiltrating Students' Lives

Far beyond cheating, artificial intelligence is changing the way some students learn and live.

Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues
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Federal Regulators Fine Amazon $25 Million Over Child Privacy Issues

The company also was hit with a second fine over Ring, its home surveillance company.

See Why AI Like ChatGPT Has Gotten So Good, So Fast
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See Why AI Like ChatGPT Has Gotten So Good, So Fast

We asked three AI systems to generate content using the same prompt. The results illustrate how quickly the technology has advanced.

ChatGPT Maker OpenAI Calls for AI Regulation, Warning of 'Existential Risk'
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ChatGPT Maker OpenAI Calls for AI Regulation, Warning of 'Existential Risk'

The statement echoed the comments of OpenAI CEO Sam Altman to Congress last week, where he testified to the need for a separate regulatory body.

E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations
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E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations

Industry representatives argue the ruling creates legal uncertainty for many companies who commonly transfer data across international waters.

College is Remade as Tech Majors Surge, Humanities Dwindle
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College is Remade as Tech Majors Surge, Humanities Dwindle

Higher education institutions are seeing rising enrollment in computer science at the same time interest in humanities is declining.

At G-7 Summit, Leaders Call for International Standards on AI
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At G-7 Summit, Leaders Call for International Standards on AI

World leaders at the Group of Seven summit in Japan called for the development of international standards to limit the potential damage from rapid innovations in...

Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases
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Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases

The Court ruled the families of terrorism victims had not shown the companies "aided and abetted" attacks on their loved ones.

U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.
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U.S. Officials Say AI Will Be a Big Cyberthreat. How it'll Materialize is Less Clear.

Congress, too, is starting to take a closer look at how to get ahead of the potential cyberthreat of AI.

Patients Were Told Their Voices Could Disappear. They Turned to AI to Save them.
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Patients Were Told Their Voices Could Disappear. They Turned to AI to Save them.

Artificial intelligence can re-create voices that may have otherwise been lost to disease.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Gordon Moore, Who Co-Founded Intel, Dies at 94
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Gordon Moore, Who Co-Founded Intel, Dies at 94

Intel co-founder and Silicon Valley pioneer Gordon E. Moore has died at 94.  

They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam
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They Thought Loved Ones Were Calling for Help. It Was an AI Scam

More sophisticated artificial intelligence (AI) tools are being used to replicate a person's voice.

The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains
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The Race to Beat Elon Musk to Put Chips in People's Brains

Companies like Paradromics and Synchron are competing with Elon Musk's Neuralink to design a brain implant that can communicate with computers.

Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails
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Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails

Big Tech is heralding chatbots as the next frontier. Why did Microsoft's start accosting its users?
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