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E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations
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E.U. Slaps Meta With Record $1.3 Billion Fine for Data Privacy Violations

Industry representatives argue the ruling creates legal uncertainty for many companies who commonly transfer data across international waters.

Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range
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Virtual Fences for Cattle Find a Home on the Range

Cattle ranchers increasingly have access to virtual fences that allow them to use electronic collars to keep their cows from wandering away.

Congress Really Wants to Regulate A.I., But No One Seems to Know How
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Congress Really Wants to Regulate A.I., But No One Seems to Know How

Yet another hearing—this one with OpenAI's Sam Altman—has come after a new technology with the possibility to fundamentally alter our lives is already in circulation...

Facebook Has Crowbarred Open the Pandora's Box of AI, Experts Warn
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Facebook Has Crowbarred Open the Pandora's Box of AI, Experts Warn

"You can't prevent people from creating nonsense or dangerous information or whatever."

Linking IT's Energy Consumption to Carbon Emissions
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Linking IT's Energy Consumption to Carbon Emissions

New guidelines aim to measure, and ultimately reduce, the digital impact of the enterprise on the environment.

'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail
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'Digital Twin' of the Titanic Shows Shipwreck in Stunning Detail

Digital imaging by deepwater seabed mapping company Magellan for U.K. TV production company Atlantic Productions has yielded a "digital twin" of the RMS Titanic...

IBM, Google Give $150 Million for U.S.-Japan Quantum-Computing Push
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IBM, Google Give $150 Million for U.S.-Japan Quantum-Computing Push

Quantum computing research has been given a boost at the University of Chicago and Japan's University of Tokyo with a $150-million investment from IBM and Google...

Your Digital Life Isn't as Permanent as You Think It Is
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Your Digital Life Isn't as Permanent as You Think It Is

Google will delete accounts after two years of inactivity, and experts expect more data deletion policies to come.

Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases
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Supreme Court Rules for Google, Twitter in Closely Watched Cases

The Court ruled the families of terrorism victims had not shown the companies "aided and abetted" attacks on their loved ones.

Technologists Develop FatNet Algorithm
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Technologists Develop FatNet Algorithm

The FatNet algorithm can convert any convolutional neural network into a specialized network that is more compatible with an optical artificial intelligence accelerator...

AI Drug Discovery Is $50-Billion Opportunity for Big Pharma
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AI Drug Discovery Is $50-Billion Opportunity for Big Pharma

Drugmakers worldwide are adopting artificial intelligence in the hope of accelerating drug discovery and time to market while cutting costs.

DarkBert AI Was Trained Using Dark Web Data
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DarkBert AI Was Trained Using Dark Web Data

Researchers turned to the depths of the dark web to train this new language model

Can We Stop Runaway A.I.?
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Can We Stop Runaway A.I.?

Technologists warn about the dangers of the so-called singularity. But can anything actually be done to prevent it?

3D-Knitted Robots
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3D-Knitted Robots

Researchers printed soft robots using three-dimensional (3D) knitting technology.

Celebrating Those Who Advance Computing as a Science, Profession
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Celebrating Those Who Advance Computing as a Science, Profession

ACM has recognized four people with its 2022 Service Awards for expanding its mission of "Advancing Computing as a Science and Profession."

Seals Provided Inspiration for Waddling Robot
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Seals Provided Inspiration for Waddling Robot

Seals and other pinnipeds inspired researchers to develop a waddling soft robot that reportedly features "improved degrees of freedom, gait trajectory diversity...

A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80
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A Pioneer in Participatory Design Turns 80

Christiane Floyd continues to consider the philosophical and ethical concerns of computer science.

U.S. Universities Building New Semiconductor Workforce
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U.S. Universities Building New Semiconductor Workforce

U.S. universities are training next-generation semiconductor engineers and technicians to fill the jobs needed for the CHIPS Act, signed by President Biden in August...

'De-Americanize': How China Is Remaking Its Chip Business
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'De-Americanize': How China Is Remaking Its Chip Business

Seven months after Washington unveiled tough curbs, Chinese companies are doubling down on homegrown supply chains and drawing billions in cash from Beijing and...

Google's Project Gameface Lets You Control Video Games with Blinks, Smiles
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Google's Project Gameface Lets You Control Video Games with Blinks, Smiles

Google's Project Gameface platform allows gamers to play videogames using head movements and facial gestures.
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