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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco
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Self-Driving Taxis Are Causing All Kinds of Trouble in San Francisco

They have blocked traffic, driven on the sidewalk, sped away from cops — and the city is powerless to stop them.

Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices
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Computational System Streamlines Design of Fluidic Devices

Massachusetts Institute of Technology researchers were part of a team that built a new system to simplify the process of designing fluidic devices.

The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked
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The Highest-Paying College Majors in 2022, Ranked

PayScale's annual ranking of the highest-paying college majors ranks electrical engineering and computer science at No. 1.

Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council
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Twitter Disbands Trust and Safety Council

The action comes the same day Twitter moved to boost its revenue not linked to digital advertising by reintroducing a paid-for subscription service that would show...

Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow
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Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow

But achieving full-body restoration of movement, as Elon Musk envisions with such devices, is considered far into the future, if at all.

Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon
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Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon

The company, Ispace, is carrying a rover from the United Arab Emirates, a Japanese robot, and other cargo in its bid to possibly be the first commercial lander...

These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode
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These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode

AI trained on reams of geological data can indicate where to dig in search of metals crucial to electric cars and other green technology.

The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?
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The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child's homework will never be the same. Then there's the misinformation problem.

Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear
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Facial Recognition Technology Scans Your Ear

University of Georgia (UGA) scientists have created an ear recognition system that can authenticate individuals with up to 97.25% accuracy.

The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT
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The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT

A new chatbot from OpenAI is inspiring awe, fear, stunts and attempts to circumvent its guardrails.

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control
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How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

The market for commercial spyware — which allows governments to invade mobile phones and vacuum up data — is booming. Even the U.S. government is using it.

Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Change The World—But At What Cost?
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Brain-Computer Interfaces Could Change The World—But At What Cost?

The ethics of neurotechnology lags behind the science.

San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan
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San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan

The city rolled back a controversial decision to let robots use lethal force without human intervention. But the fight is far from over.

Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.
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Facebook to Test Age Verification Tech on Facebook Dating in U.S.

Facebook announced a forthcoming test of age verification technologies on its Facebook Dating service in the U.S.

Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic
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Amazon Says It'll Pay You $2 Per Month to Spy on Your Phone's Internet Traffic

Big Brother, small sum.

Amazon Tests ML Software to Analyze Satellite Images from Space
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Amazon Tests ML Software to Analyze Satellite Images from Space

Amazon, Italian space startup D-Orbit, and Sweden's Unibap spent months testing how Amazon Web Services machine learning software analyzes satellite images and...

Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech
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Canada Pushes Canadian Content, Irking Big Tech

Proposed legislation in Canada that would require digital platforms to promote Canadian content over foreign-made content is facing pushback from leading tech firms...

Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims
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Apple Sued by Women who say AirTag Lets Stalkers Track Victims

 The Cupertino, California-based company has acknowledged that "bad actors" have tried misusing Airtags.

Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers
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Detecting Dark Matter With Quantum Computers

A Fermilab scientist developed a way to use qubits to detect single photons produced by dark matter in the presence of a strong magnetic field.

Oversight Board Criticizes Meta for Preferential Treatment
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Oversight Board Criticizes Meta for Preferential Treatment

Influential and powerful users on Facebook and Instagram receive "unequal treatment," an internal report said.
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