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A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading
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A.I. Is Getting Better at Mind-Reading

In a recent experiment, researchers used large language models to translate brain activity into words.

Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?
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Can Artistry Be Built Into a Machine?

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University developed a robot that can paint an abstract acrylic. Is it art?

G7 Digital Ministers Agree to Pursue Responsible AI as ChatGPT Booms
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G7 Digital Ministers Agree to Pursue Responsible AI as ChatGPT Booms

How to apply rules to the use of generative AI tools is becoming a pressing issue for governments around the world in the wake of the public debut of OpenAI's ChatGPT...

States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet
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States' Push to Protect Kids Online Could Remake the Internet

New age restrictions for minors on sites like TikTok and Pornhub could also hinder adults' access to online services.

What Happens When Teens Privately Ask for Help on Instagram?
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What Happens When Teens Privately Ask for Help on Instagram?

Researchers at Drexel and Vanderbilt universities investigated adolescent Instagram users' experiences on the social media platform to ensure they receive requested...

'Smart Mines' Drive China's Coal Build-Out
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'Smart Mines' Drive China's Coal Build-Out

China's mining operators are deploying robots and other technologies to expand its coal industry.

Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World
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Thirty Years Ago, One Decision Changed Our Connected World

The World Wide Web's launch three decades ago marked the beginning of the Internet's evolution into the revolutionary communications tool it has become.

Self-Driving Cars Must Learn the Language of Cyclists to Keep Roads Safe
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Self-Driving Cars Must Learn the Language of Cyclists to Keep Roads Safe

A study of communications between drivers and cyclists suggests new autonomous vehicle systems must be able to replicate those social interactions to ensure safety...

Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers
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Musk Ramps Up A.I. Efforts, Even as He Warns of Dangers

The billionaire plans to compete with OpenAI, the ChatGPT developer he helped found, while calling out the potential harms of artificial intelligence.

Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts
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Robot Lawyers Are About to Flood the Courts

It's time to reform the U.S. legal system.

Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together
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Video-Calling Tech Could Help Lonely Parrots Flock Together

Scientists at Northeastern University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and the U.K.'s University of Glasgow led research to help pet parrots communicate...

New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers
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New Approach to Developing Efficient, High-Precision 3D Light Shapers

Researchers in Austria, Germany, and the U.K. have developed a simple method for manufacturing high-precision aperiodic photonic volume elements (APVEs).

UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns
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UK Blocks Microsoft's $69-billion Activision Deal over Cloud Gaming Concerns

The U.K. says Microsoft's remedies were not enough to end its concerns.

Grasping the Future with a Robotic Hand-Arm Combo
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Grasping the Future with a Robotic Hand-Arm Combo

Yale University researchers have created a robotic hand-arm combination that uses algorithms to optimize its degrees of freedom and control though unified movement...

PricewaterhouseCoopers to Pour $1 Billion Into Generative AI
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PricewaterhouseCoopers to Pour $1 Billion Into Generative AI

Multiyear investment in U.S. business includes accessing ChatGPT maker OpenAI's language model, training staff in AI capabilities.

How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames
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How AI Is Building the Next Blockbuster Videogames

Videogame companies are using generative artificial intelligence tools to create next-generation games faster, at less cost, and with more advanced interactivity...

Researchers Combine Electric Poling, 3D Printing into Single Step
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Researchers Combine Electric Poling, 3D Printing into Single Step

The electric poling-assisted additive manufacturing (EPAM) method developed by Purdue Polytechnic Institute researchers combines three-dimensional printing and...

Advancing AI Research Infrastructure Through NSF Investments
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Advancing AI Research Infrastructure Through NSF Investments

The awards will focus on specific aspects of artificial intelligence research infrastructure and instrumentation.

Computing and Social Responsibility
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Computing and Social Responsibility

Hardware, software, and social media companies increasingly must consider the potential social and ethical risks of their products.

The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up
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The Crypto Detectives Are Cleaning Up

Early adopters thought cryptocurrencies would be free from prying eyes, but tracking the flow of funds has become a big business.
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