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JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong
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JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana relied on facial-recognition technology to arrest an alleged purse thief, detaining the wrong person, who is...

AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?
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AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?

Artificial intelligence software is changing movie-making, including recreating filmed scenes by altering an actor's face to match newly recorded dialogue.

Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business
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Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business

Google's management issued a "code red" in response to the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT and its potential to disrupt the tech industry, and Google's search business...

Designing with DNA
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Designing with DNA

An open-source software program developed by researchers at Duke and other universities lets users take drawings or digital models of rounded shapes and turn them...

OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating
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OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating

Universities need new ways to assess and respond to threats to academic integrity posed by AI tools that students could use to cheat on written assignments.

Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees
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Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees

Every year around Christmas time, Donald Knuth gives a special lecture for a small audience at Stanford University, and to a larger audience online. This year's...

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code
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This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code

Researchers found that the brain's demand and language systems encode specific code properties that correlate with machine-learned representations.

Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland
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Google Wallet Will Host Digital Driver's License in Maryland

Google has started beta testing hosting of digital driver's licenses and state ID cards for its Wallet application on Android, which will be exclusive to Maryland...

 New Pilot Line Initiative Receives 19 million euros to Accelerate European Quantum Technology Commercialization
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New Pilot Line Initiative Receives 19 million euros to Accelerate European Quantum Technology Commercialization

The Qu-Pilot Specific Grant agreement is part of a broader Framework Partnership agreement approved by the European Union earlier this year .

Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks
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Microsoft Finds macOS Bug That Lets Malware Bypass Security Checks

Gatekeeper is a macOS security feature that automatically checks all apps downloaded from the Internet if they are notarized and developer-signed (approved by Apple)...

How Ada Lovelace Used Embroidery to Create the First Computer Program
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How Ada Lovelace Used Embroidery to Create the First Computer Program

The female computing pioneer drew on lessons from her artistic pursuits.

This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code
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This 1980s Programming Language Sparked a Revolution. Now You Can Check Out the Source Code

Adobe gave permission to the Computer History Museum to release the source code for an early version of its PostScript programming language, first released in 1984...

DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders
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DeepMind's AlphaCode Can Outcompete Human Coders

DeepMind's AlphaCode model performed well against human coders in a programming competition.

Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer
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Researchers Develop Scaled-up Spintronic Probabilistic Computer

Scientists have engineered a scaled-up probabilistic computer (p-computer) with stochastic spintronic devices.

We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity
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We are Still Failing to Learn the Most Important Lesson in Cybersecurity

We know the problems and the answers. So why do so few organizations act?

The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward
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The Crypto Industry Struggles for a Way Forward

The implosion of the exchange FTX shows how an industry built in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis has drifted far from its original ideals.

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters
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How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

China's police used an advanced surveillance system to track protesters who rallied against the government's pandemic policies this past week.

Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers
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Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers

Researchers tested Facebook's automated moderation system by submitting ads around Election Day that contained direct threats against election workers.

China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests
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China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests

Online regulators tell big tech companies to expand censorship of information on demonstrations and take steps to curb the virtual private networks used to bypass...

Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code
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Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code

A team of Cornell University researchers created the Notate interface to translate handwriting and sketches into computer code.
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