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Your School's Next Security Guard May Be a Robot
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Your School's Next Security Guard May Be a Robot

Several technology companies have started offering security robots to U.S. schools.

EU Looks to Take Lead in Metaverse World, Avoid Big Tech Dominance
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EU Looks to Take Lead in Metaverse World, Avoid Big Tech Dominance

The European Commission has outlined a strategy for the European Union to assume a lead role in the metaverse sector and block its domination by technology giants...

AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong
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AI-Powered Brain Surgery Becomes A Reality In Hong Kong

The Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, under the Chinese Academy of Sciences, completed successful trials of a robot that treats brain tumors.

Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain
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Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain

Russia has built a network of technology contractors to supply it with surveillance equipment in order to spy on and quash internal dissent.

 FTC Investigating Whether ChatGPT Harms Consumers
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FTC Investigating Whether ChatGPT Harms Consumers

The agency's demand for OpenAI's documents about AI risks mark the company's greatest U.S. regulatory threat to date.

AI Is Making Politics Easier, Cheaper and More Dangerous
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AI Is Making Politics Easier, Cheaper and More Dangerous

Voters are already seeing AI-generated campaign materials — and likely don't know it.

U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data
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U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data

The agreement ends legal uncertainty for Meta, Google and scores of companies — at least for now.

As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It
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As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It

Amazon, Box, Salesforce, Oracle, and others have recently rolled out A.I.-related products to help workplaces become more efficient and productive.

How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out
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How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out

Indoor air-quality sensors installed in commercial buildings during the pandemic are now proving useful in areas affected by wildfire smoke.

Dashcam Images Reveal Where Police Are Deployed
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Dashcam Images Reveal Where Police Are Deployed

Scientists found indications of how police in New York City may deploy in neighborhoods via a deep learning model and a dataset of dashcam images from rideshare...

Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead
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Crypto Pledged to Dethrone Wall Street. It's Getting Swallowed Instead

With the sector in the doldrums and facing tough new SEC scrutiny, some of Wall Street's heaviest hitters are moving to enfold it.

How Easy Is It to Fool A.I.-Detection Tools?
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How Easy Is It to Fool A.I.-Detection Tools?

The detectors ignore all context clues, so they don't process the existence of a lifelike automaton in a photo with Mr. Musk as unlikely.

AI Bias: Challenges and Solutions
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AI Bias: Challenges and Solutions

Where does bias in artificial intelligence come from; once we find it, how can we reduce or eliminate it?

Meta Loses as Top EU Court backs Antitrust Regulators over Privacy Breach Checks
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Meta Loses as Top EU Court backs Antitrust Regulators over Privacy Breach Checks

Meta harvests user data for behavioral advertising, a business model common to Big Tech.

Google Tells Canada It Won't Pay 'Link Tax,' Will Pull News Links from Search
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Google Tells Canada It Won't Pay 'Link Tax,' Will Pull News Links from Search

Canada requiring payments from tech to news orgs; similar bills pending in the U.S.

Barred from Grocery Stores by Facial Recognition
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Barred from Grocery Stores by Facial Recognition

The use of facial recognition by private businesses in the U.K. is on the rise.

Biden Administration Weighs Further Curbs on Sales of A.I. Chips to China
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Biden Administration Weighs Further Curbs on Sales of A.I. Chips to China

Reports that the White House may clamp down on sales of semiconductors that power artificial intelligence capabilities sent tech stocks diving.

How Secure Are Voice Authentication Systems?
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How Secure Are Voice Authentication Systems?

Computer scientists have developed an attack that can bypass voice authentication security systems within six attempts.

The Race to Regulate Artificial Intelligence
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The Race to Regulate Artificial Intelligence

Why Europe has an edge over America and China.

Junk Websites Filled with AI-Generated Text are Pulling In Money from Programmatic Ads
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Junk Websites Filled with AI-Generated Text are Pulling In Money from Programmatic Ads

More than 140 brands are advertising on low-quality content farm sites—and the problem is growing fast.
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