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Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States
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Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States

The tech giant will pay $700 million and allow app makers to collect payments directly in a settlement it hopes will help resolve other legal challenges.

Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS
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Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS

Researchers used reinforcement learning to improve the ability of uncrewed underwater vehicles to navigate without GPS.

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."

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments
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Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments

A new algorithm reduces the amount of data necessary to train robots and enable them to perform tasks.

Bigger, Not Necessarily Better
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Bigger, Not Necessarily Better

The inverse scaling issue means larger LLMs sometimes handle things less well.

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99
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Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99

Vera Molnár, a Hungarian-born artist who has been called the godmother of generative art for her pioneering digital work, died Dec. 7 in Paris at age 99.

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.

Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs
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Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs

A research team is using computational methods to mine genetic information from extinct human ancestors to identify candidates for new antibiotics.

Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy
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Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy

Some teenagers are asking their schools to provide broader AI learning experiences.

Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem
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Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem

They had to throw away most of what it produced, but there was gold among the garbage.

AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles
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AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich can predict new metamaterials that can be three-dimensional printed.

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.

Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests
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Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests

A.I. tools like ChatGPT did not boost the frequency of cheating in high schools, Stanford researchers say.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

AI Turns Thoughts into Text
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AI Turns Thoughts into Text

A portable, non-invasive system can transform an individual's thoughts into text.

Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh
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Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh

At the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, a replica of Vincent van Gogh chats with visitors, offering insights into his life and death.

AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It
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AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It

There's limited evidence for health benefits so far; early work suggests no one-size-fits-all.

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.

Helping Autonomous Vehicles Make Moral Decisions by Ditching the Trolley Problem
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles Make Moral Decisions by Ditching the Trolley Problem

North Carolina State University researchers are working to collect more realistic data on moral challenges in low-stakes traffic situations.

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.
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