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U.S. Program to Identify Safe Smart Devices
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U.S. Program to Identify Safe Smart Devices

The Biden administration has announced a program to identify smart devices that are more resilient against cyberattacks.

Amazon Cashless 'Pay by Palm' Technology Requires Only a Hand Wave
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Amazon Cashless 'Pay by Palm' Technology Requires Only a Hand Wave

Retail giant Amazon has announced a new contactless transaction service that allows shoppers to pay with their palms.

Employees Want ChatGPT at Work. Bosses Worry They'll Spill Secrets
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Employees Want ChatGPT at Work. Bosses Worry They'll Spill Secrets

Some corporate leaders have banned the use of generative artificial intelligence tools over concerns about exposing sensitive company and customer information. ...

A Surprisingly Simple Way to Foil Car Thieves
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A Surprisingly Simple Way to Foil Car Thieves

Flicking lights or swiping wipers could one day add extra security to vehicles.

Face Recognition In the U.S. Is About to Meet One of Its Biggest Tests
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Face Recognition In the U.S. Is About to Meet One of Its Biggest Tests

A Massachusetts bill restricting police use could set the standard for how the technology is regulated in America.

A Nested Inventory for Software Security, Supply Chain Risk Management
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A Nested Inventory for Software Security, Supply Chain Risk Management

The growing importance of the Software Bill of Materials

White House Proposes Smart Home Cybersecurity Program
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White House Proposes Smart Home Cybersecurity Program

The goal of the new certification is to help consumers make choices.

Here's How San Jose Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence to Stop Pedestrian Traffic Deaths
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Here's How San Jose Plans to Use Artificial Intelligence to Stop Pedestrian Traffic Deaths

AImay be considered an invaluable tool when talking about traffic and pedestrian deaths in a city where two more lives were lost this past weekend in hit and run...

ChatGPT's Evil Twin 'WormGPT' is Silently Entering Emails, Raiding Banks
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ChatGPT's Evil Twin 'WormGPT' is Silently Entering Emails, Raiding Banks

SlashNext says WormGPT is an example of the threat that language-generative AI models pose.

Cybersecurity Labels for Smart Devices are On Their Way
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Cybersecurity Labels for Smart Devices are On Their Way

White House unveils new cybersecurity labeling plan to tell you when your smart devices are secure.

Generative AI Tools Quickly 'Running Out of Text' to Train Themselves
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Generative AI Tools Quickly 'Running Out of Text' to Train Themselves

It's the latest concern raised regarding OpenAI and other AI developers' data-collection practices.

How to Use Generative AI Tools While Still Protecting Your Privacy
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How to Use Generative AI Tools While Still Protecting Your Privacy

Here's how to take some control of your data while using artificial intelligence tools and apps.

'Not for Machines to Harvest': Data Revolts Break Out Against AI
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'Not for Machines to Harvest': Data Revolts Break Out Against AI

Fed up with A.I. companies consuming online content without consent, fan fiction writers, actors, social media companies,and news organizations are among those...

A New Way to Look at Data Privacy
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A New Way to Look at Data Privacy

A new metric allows a small amount of noise to be added to models to protect sensitive data while maintaining the model's accuracy.

Rising Data Center Costs Linked to AI Demands
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Rising Data Center Costs Linked to AI Demands

Energy usage associated with running AI number-crunching is fast becoming a key driver of rising data center bills.

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.

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 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.

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.
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