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How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development
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How Generative AI Could Lower Healthcare Costs, Speed Up Drug Development

In the future, specifying a drug target may be like sitting down to ChatGPT. After a few clicks, you'll have your novel therapeutic.

NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack
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NSA Says: Do These Things to Keep Your Home Network Cafe from Cyberattack

The NSA's 'Best Practices for Securing Your Home Network' guide provides remote workers with advice on how to protect against online threats.

These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out
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These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out

AI is becoming a key part of our lives. Hacking it could cause chaos, so the race is on to build defenses.

Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'
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Digital Twin for Intense Weather Gives Scientists 'Control Loop'

Scientists at Cerebras and the U.S. Department of Energy's National Energy Technology Laboratory said they can model extreme weather by accelerating field equations...

This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code
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This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code

Adobe gave permission to the Computer History Museum to release the source code for an early version of its PostScript programming language, first released in 1984...

We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity
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We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity

We know the problems and the answers. So why do so few organizations act?

We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton
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We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton

ACM A.M. Turing award recipient Geoffrey Hinton envisions a "mortal" neuromorphic computer combining hardware and software.

Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow
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Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow

Semiconductor giant Intel claims its FakeCatcher technology can detect whether videos are genuine or deepfakes with 96% accuracy in real time.

Singapore, Germany to Mutually Recognize IoT Cybersecurity Labels
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Singapore, Germany to Mutually Recognize IoT Cybersecurity Labels

Singapore and Germany have agreed to mutually recognize their respective smart computer product cybersecurity rating labels.

Microsoft: Hackers are Using Open Source Software, Fake Jobs in Phishing Attacks
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Microsoft: Hackers are Using Open Source Software, Fake Jobs in Phishing Attacks

The software giant details how hackers are using easily available tools and non-existent job offers to trick developers and IT workers.

Meta's LeCun: Most of Today's AI Approaches Will Never Lead to True Intelligence
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Meta's LeCun: Most of Today's AI Approaches Will Never Lead to True Intelligence

Fundamental problems elude many strains of deep learning, says LeCun, including the mystery of how to measure information.

IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising
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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising

IBM's Artificial Intelligence Fairness 360 toolkit has confirmed the existence of bias in digital advertising.

Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden
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Linux Malware Has a Sneaky Way of Staying Hidden

Researchers discovered the Syslogk Linux rootkit delivers a backdoor trojan hides on a targeted machine until triggered.

How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity
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How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity

All individuals transacting in Bitcoin are within six degrees or fewer of separation from a core group, say researchers.

Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch
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Ed Tech Wrongfully Tracked Schoolchildren During Pandemic: Human Rights Watch

A study of 164 government-endorsed education technology products found 146 endangered children's privacy by collecting and selling their data to ad tech companies...

Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree
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Highest Paying Jobs with a Computer Science Degree

Computer science is a broad and rewarding field. Find out the computer science degree salary you can expect depending on your chosen career path.

Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited
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Zyxel Remote Execution Bug Being Exploited

Researchers found that a bug in Zyxel firewalls that could enable unauthenticated remote attackers to execute code.

Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software
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Decade-Old Bugs Discovered in Avast, AVG Antivirus Software

Researchers at cybersecurity software company SentinelOne reported two high-severity bugs in Avast and AVG antivirus products that have gone undetected for a decade...

Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield
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Corrupted Open Source Software Enters the Russian Battlefield

A programmer behind the popular open-source npm program node-ipc poisoned it with malware that erased the hard drives of computers located in Russia or Belarus....

How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed
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How MIT's Robot Cheetah Got Its Speed

Researchers have designed a new version of the Mini Cheetah robot that can achieve high running speeds more efficiently than its predecessors.
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