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How Randomness Improves Algorithms
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How Randomness Improves Algorithms

Unpredictability can help computer scientists solve otherwise intractable problems.

A Campaign Aide Didn't Write That Email. A.I. Did.
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A Campaign Aide Didn't Write That Email. A.I. Did.

The swift advance of artificial intelligence in politics is already blurring the boundaries between fact and fake.

Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail
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Police Relied on Hidden Technology and Put the Wrong Person in Jail

A man falsely accused of theft in a state he said he had never even visited.

The State of Artificial Intelligence: Stanford HAI Releases its Latest AI Index Report
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The State of Artificial Intelligence: Stanford HAI Releases its Latest AI Index Report

Stanford HAI's new report also dedicates multiple chapters to the impact of AI on society.

AI Pioneer Admits There is a Small Chance AI Leads to Humanity's Extinction
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AI Pioneer Admits There is a Small Chance AI Leads to Humanity's Extinction

Ultimately, though, Hinton says artificial intelligencew has a lot of potential to help make people's jobs easier.

Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership
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Publishers Worry A.I. Chatbots Will Cut Readership

Many sites get at least half their traffic from search engines. Fuller results generated by new chatbots could mean far fewer visitors.

Conservatives Aim to Build Their Own Chatbot
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Conservatives Aim to Build Their Own Chatbot

Chatbots have become a new political weapon, with conservatives aiming to design bots reflecting their values amid accusations that artificial intelligence companies...

Will AI Replace Computer Programmers?
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Will AI Replace Computer Programmers?

Advances in artificial intelligence tools that can code could improve productivity, but portend disruption.

Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot
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Meet The Band's New Drummer: Keirzo the Robot

Keirzo has absorbed recordings of a range of different drummers, and is practicing and merging various techniques to develop its own playing style.

Elon Musk and Others Call for Pause on A.I., Citing 'Profound Risks to Society'
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Elon Musk and Others Call for Pause on A.I., Citing 'Profound Risks to Society'

More than 1,000 tech leaders, researchers, and others signed an open letter urging a moratorium on the development of the most powerful artificial intelligence...

Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools
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Publishers Prepare for Showdown With Microsoft, Google Over AI Tools

Media executives want compensation for use of their content in ChatGPT, Bing and Bard.

GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant
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GitHub Launches GPT-4-Powered Copilot Coding Assistant

Software developer hosting service GitHub launched a new version of its Copilot coding assistant powered by the Generative Pre-trained Transformer 4 (GPT-4) multimodal...

Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots
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Humans (Mostly) Love Trash Robots

Simple robots wander NYC asking for trash and recycling, and it's adorable.

Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?
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Can a Machine Know That We Know What It Knows?

Machine learning researchers have struggled over the past couple of decades to capture the flexibility of human knowledge in computer models.

The Quest for Environmentally Sustainable Materials
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The Quest for Environmentally Sustainable Materials

Machine Learning increasingly is being used to aid material discovery, since it can drastically speed up the process

What If We Could Just Ask AI to be Less Biased?
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What If We Could Just Ask AI to be Less Biased?

Plus: ChatGPT is about to revolutionize the economy. We need to decide what that looks like.

Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon
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Crewless Container Ships Appear on the Horizon

The Norwegian container ship Yara Birkeland eventually will be a crewless vessel that navigates via radar and cameras, feeding sensor data to artificial intelligence...

Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System
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Metaverse Landlords Are Creating a New Class System

Virtual landowners have found a way to put their investments to work, but with unintended consequences.

Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI
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Mozilla Launches Startup Focused on 'Trustworthy' AI

The creators of large language models say that they're taking steps to curb abuse, but Mozilla felt not enough was being done.

Yes, ChatGPT Is Coming for Your Office Job
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Yes, ChatGPT Is Coming for Your Office Job

White-collar workers may soon face the AI disruption everyone's been panicking about. But the news may be better than you think.
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