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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.

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.

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?

Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation
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Harvard Shutting Down Project Studying Social Media Misinformation

Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government announced that next year it will close a research facility that studied online misinformation.

This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions
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This Little-Known Bottleneck is Blocking Clean Energy for Millions

Energy developers want to build a ton of wind and solar — they just can't get it connected to the grid.

TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's
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Alexa Has a New Voice — Your Dead Relative's

Experts call the device's new feature a slippery slope, comparing it to an episode of 'Black Mirror'

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data
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You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data

A consent form from Phreesia gives it permission to use your data for marketing.

How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain
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How Millions of Russians are Tearing Holes in the Digital Iron Curtain

A tremendous surge in VPN downloads represents a challenge to Putin and his version of the Ukraine war.

IRS Wants to Scan Your Face
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IRS Wants to Scan Your Face

By this summer, Americans wanting to access their Internal Revenue Service records online will be required to submit a facial video to confirm their identity.

Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us
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Former Google Scientist Says the Computers that Run our Lives Exploit Us

Meet Hume AI, a potentially more humane way to let the machines in.

Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?
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Is Artificial Intelligence About to Transform the Mammogram?

A Massachusetts Institute of Technology researcher who survived breast cancer has devised a technique that seems to predict many breast cancer cases.

'Black Box' to Chronicle Ravages of Climate Change
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'Black Box' to Chronicle Ravages of Climate Change

Australia is building "Earth's Black Box," a reportedly indestructible steel structure containing a real-time archive of climate change news and research.

The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots
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The Pentagon's $82 Million Super Bowl of Robots

Inside a three-year competition that raises the question: How long until humans are obsolete?

Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils
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Sensors Add to Accuracy, Power of U.S. Nuclear Weapons but May Create Security Perils

Sensors created by Sandia National Laboratories for U.S. ballistic missiles could augment their detonation timing and accuracy.

Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response
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Messy, Incomplete U.S. Data Hobbles Pandemic Response

The nation's decentralized, underfunded reporting system hampers efforts to combat the coronavirus.

Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators
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Apple is Prying into iPhones to Find Sexual Predators

Privacy activists worry governments could weaponize the feature.

The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors
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The Robot Will See You Now: Health-Care Chatbots Boom but Still Can’t Replace Doctors

Health-care chatbots have been used for years, but they exploded in popularity over the past year as the system became overwhelmed with covid-related questions...

Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech
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Meet the Scientist Teaching AI to Police Human Speech

Alexis Conneau's work has helped Facebook and Google build artificial intelligence systems that can understand dozens of languages with startling accuracy.

Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows
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Rates of Anxiety, Depression Among College Students Continue to Soar, App-Based Research Shows

A four-year study by Dartmouth College researchers uncovered higher rates of anxiety and depression among college students since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic...
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