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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI
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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Bad actors use artificial intelligence to propagate falsehoods and upset elections, but the same tools can be repurposed to defend the truth.

AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch
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AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch

A multi-institutional team of California researchers engineered an artificial intelligence to design bacteria-destroying proteins that actually worked.

ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push
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ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push

Researchers used survey data from 3,000 residents of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver to determine which are likely to alter their behaviors to conserve water in...

Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population
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Ecologists Deploy Drones to Monitor Deer Population

Ecologists are using aerial drones to monitor fallow deer populations in the U.K.'s Ashdown Forest.

Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics
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Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology that measures the presence of alcohol in digital images could help recovering alcoholics evaluate their exposure to alcohol marketing on social media...

AI Goes to K Street: ChatGPT Turns Lobbyist
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AI Goes to K Street: ChatGPT Turns Lobbyist

Automated influence campaigns could spell trouble for society.

FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent
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FTC Accuses GoodRx of Sharing User Data Without Consent

Under a proposed FTC order, GoodRx would be barred from sharing user health data for advertising purposes.

Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports
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Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports

"The court's ruling in the Meta/Within case is consistent with decades of legal precedent," said Matt Schruers, president of the Computer and Communications Industry...

Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups
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Self-Driving Car Services Want to Expand in San Francisco Despite Recent Hiccups

Waymo and Cruise hope to widen their projects to more of the city. But local officials are increasingly concerned about breakdowns causing congestion.

 IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf
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IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

He codesigned the Internet protocol and transmission control protocol.

Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics
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Digital Foot Could Enhance Neuroprosthetics

The Footsim digital sole model created by U.K., Canadian, and Swiss researchers can map the signals continuously streaming from the foot to the brain as a tool...

A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid
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A Fresh Look at Restoring Power to the Grid

Sandia National Laboratories computer scientists have been developing a "black start" computer model to help grid operators quickly restore power after a disruption...

Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain
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Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain

Although the brain's architecture is very shallow, brain-inspired artificial neural networks' learning capabilities can outperform deep learning.

Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans
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Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans

Cleveland State University asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a district court ruling that "room scans" by exam proctoring software...

AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk
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AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk

A new artificial intelligence tool can perform lung cancer risk assessments without the help of a radiologist.

Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft
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Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft

Israeli engineers and German gamers partnered to build an accurate virtual model of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Museum and an educational exhibition in the online gameworld...

Roboticists Want to Give You a Third Arm
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Roboticists Want to Give You a Third Arm

Unused bandwidth in neurons can be tapped to control extra limbs.

Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors
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Researchers Discover That Electrons Play a Surprising Role in Heat Transfer Between Layers of Semiconductors

An electronic bridge facilitates the fast transfer of energy between semiconductors.

The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up
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The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up

ChatGPT is not the only game in town.

Israel Opens First 'Smart Operating Room' That Manages Inventory
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Israel Opens First 'Smart Operating Room' That Manages Inventory

The Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Israel, has opened a "smart room" for the management of inventory in operating rooms.
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