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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."

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls
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Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls

Tesla is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix Autopilot systems that government regulators determined did not have enough controls to prevent misuse.

OpenAI's Ilya Sutskever Has a Plan for Keeping Super-Intelligent AI in Check
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OpenAI's Ilya Sutskever Has a Plan for Keeping Super-Intelligent AI in Check

The Superalignment team led by OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever has devised a way to guide the behavior of AI models as they get ever smarter.

Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe
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Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe

Stolen genetic data leads to class action suit against the testing firm.

New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research
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New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research

The move is aimed at drawing $9 billion in corporate investment, as New York jockeys to host a new national semiconductor technology center.

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.

Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws
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Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws

In a landmark decision, Epic Games won its lawsuit against the search giant.

Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga
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Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga

Apple takes preventative measures to protect its customers. Beeper claims Apple's latest move does just the opposite.

The Year A.I. Ate the Internet
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The Year A.I. Ate the Internet

Call 2023 the year many of us learned to communicate, create, cheat, and collaborate with robots.

U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years
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U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years

The government said a group linked to Russia's intelligence service carried out sustained operations to undermine trust in Britain's political system.

The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows
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The World Depends on 60-Year-Old Code No One Knows

COBOL is one of the top mainframe programming languages in use, but most schools and universities have not taught COBOL  in decades.

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.

AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks
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AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks

Tianfu Wu at North Carolina State University and colleagues developed the QuadAttacK software to test deep neural networks for adversarial vulnerabilities.

2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware
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2D Material Reshapes 3D Electronics for Hardware

An international team developed a monolithic three dimensional integrated chip comprised of layered two-dimensional materials.

Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic
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Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic

Arkose Labs reported malicious attacks by bots and human fraud farms accounted for 73% of all Web and app traffic in the third quarter of 2023.

Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected
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Google's Gemini Is Not the Generative AI Model We Expected

DeepMind product VP Eli Collins claims Gemini Ultra can comprehend "nuanced" information in text, images, audio and code.

How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms
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How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms

Alarmed by the power of artificial intelligence, Europe, the U.S. and others are trying to respond, but the technology is evolving more rapidly than their policies...

Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture
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Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture

Protecting the U.S. food supply from cyberattack.

Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots
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Crowdsourced Feedback Helps Train Robots

A reinforcement learning approach trains robots using crowdsourced feedback from nonexpert users.

The Inside Story of Microsoft's Partnership with OpenAI
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The Inside Story of Microsoft's Partnership with OpenAI

The companies had honed a protocol for releasing artificial intelligence ambitiously but safely. Then OpenAI's board exploded all their carefully laid plans.
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