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Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers
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Google Algorithm Makes FIDO Encryption Safe from Quantum Computers

A post-quantum cryptography (PQC) algorithm developed by researchers at Google and Switzerland's ETH Zurich enables quantum-resistant encryption for FIDO2 security...

Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People
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Driverless Cars May Struggle to Spot Children, Dark-Skinned People

Scientists evaluated eight artificial intelligence-based pedestrian detectors used in driverless car research, and found they may have difficulty detecting children...

Historic Algorithms Help Unlock Shortest-Path Problem Breakthrough
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Historic Algorithms Help Unlock Shortest-Path Problem Breakthrough

By revisiting key algorithms from computing, a team unlocked hidden efficiency in a long-standing computer science problem.

Shining a Light on the Dark Web
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Shining a Light on the Dark Web

How the Dark Web continues to operate, and why law enforcement will not shut it down anytime soon.

Distilling What We Know
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Distilling What We Know

Researchers look to cut large GPT models down to size.

The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here
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The AI-Powered, Totally Autonomous Future of War Is Here

Ships without crews. Self-directed drone swarms. How a U.S. Navy task force is using off-the-shelf robotics and artificial intelligence to prepare for the next...

LLM Tool Finds and Remediates Software Vulnerabilities
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LLM Tool Finds and Remediates Software Vulnerabilities

Software company Vicarius unveiled vuln_GPT, a generative artificial intelligence tool that automatically identifies and repairs software vulnerabilities, at the...

ChatGPT Answers More than Half of Software Engineering Questions Incorrectly
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ChatGPT Answers More than Half of Software Engineering Questions Incorrectly

ChatGPT answered 52% of 517 Stack Overflow questions incorrectly, and 77% of answers were unnecessarily wordy, according to a study by Purdue University researchers...

People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch
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People Rush to ATMs After Bank of Ireland IT Glitch

Bank of Ireland has fixed technical problems that allowed some customers to withdraw or transfer funds above what was in their accounts, it said Wednesday after...

Hackers Explore Ways to Misuse AI In Major Security Test
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Hackers Explore Ways to Misuse AI In Major Security Test

Nearly 2,500 hackers at the DEFCON conference's AI Village spent this past weekend poking and probing some of the most popular large language models for flaws. ...

Incorporating Human Error into Machine Learning
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Incorporating Human Error into Machine Learning

Scientists are incorporating uncertainty into machine learning systems.

Researchers Create Screen Protection System to Fend Off Shoulder Surfers
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Researchers Create Screen Protection System to Fend Off Shoulder Surfers

Eye-Shield uses an innovative pixelation scheme to obscure device screens when viewed from a distance, safeguarding against shoulder surfing attacks.

China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology
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China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules governing the use of facial recognition technology amid public concerns about its overuse.

Microsoft Comes Under Blistering Criticism for 'Grossly Irresponsible' Security
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Microsoft Comes Under Blistering Criticism for 'Grossly Irresponsible' Security

Azure looks like a house of cards collapsing under the weight of exploits and vulnerabilities.

Asian MIT Student's Professional Headshot Turns Caucasian with AI Tool
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Asian MIT Student's Professional Headshot Turns Caucasian with AI Tool

"I definitely think it's a problem," said Rona Wang, who hopes those who make the software become aware of such biases and develop solutions to mitigate them.

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations
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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations

U.S. security officials say the White House is hunting for malware purportedly concealed by China within infrastructure critical to U.S. military bases.

New Attack Impacts Major AI Chatbots—and No One Knows How to Stop It
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New Attack Impacts Major AI Chatbots—and No One Knows How to Stop It

Researchers found a simple way to make ChatGPT, Bard, and other chatbots misbehave, proving that AI is hard to tame.

Cigna Accused of Improperly Rejecting Thousands of Patient Claims Using Algorithm
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Cigna Accused of Improperly Rejecting Thousands of Patient Claims Using Algorithm

A federal class-action lawsuit accuses health insurer Cigna of using a computer algorithm to automatically reject hundreds of thousands of patient claims.

The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here
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The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here

The long-anticipated automation revolution has begun. Robots are ready to operate forklifts and do laundry. It's not as scary as it sounds.

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations
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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations

American intelligence officials believe the malware could give China the power to disrupt or slow American deployments or resupply operations, including during...
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