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How To Delete Your Data From ChatGPT
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How To Delete Your Data From ChatGPT

OpenAI has new tools that give you more control over your information—although they may not go far enough.

Snake-Like EELS Slithers into Robotics Terrain
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Snake-Like EELS Slithers into Robotics Terrain

A self-propelled snake-like robot developed by researchers at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory can map and navigate previously inaccessible terrain autonomously...

Spyware Lurks in Android Smartphones
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Spyware Lurks in Android Smartphones

Google's decision to allow its operating system to install third-party apps makes Android smartphones targets for spyware.  

Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born
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Babies Conceived with Sperm-Injecting Robot Have Been Born

Scientists claim the first two babies conceived by a sperm-injecting robot have been born.

Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data
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Synthetic Data Could Be Better Than Real Data

Some researchers envision synthetic data as not only offering content that is close enough to actual data to preserve privacy, but also enabling production of better...

China's Search Engines Have More Than 66,000 Content Rules
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China's Search Engines Have More Than 66,000 Content Rules

Analysts found China's search engines have more than 66,000 rules governing content, suggesting the growing pervasiveness and subtlety of the country's censorship...

Tech Increases Equity in Diabetes Care for Kids
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Tech Increases Equity in Diabetes Care for Kids

The 4T Program found technology can democratize diabetes care for children.

Algorithm Makes Satellite Signals Act Like GPS
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Algorithm Makes Satellite Signals Act Like GPS

A new algorithm can listen in on satellite signals and use them to locate any point on Earth.

Japan Firms Turn to VR for Customer Service Training
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Japan Firms Turn to VR for Customer Service Training

Increasingly, Japanese companies are using virtual reality technology to train customer service staff.

The Next Fear on A.I.: Hollywood's Killer Robots Become the Military's Tools
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The Next Fear on A.I.: Hollywood's Killer Robots Become the Military's Tools

U.S. national security officials are warning about the potential for the new technology to upend war, cyber conflict and — in the most extreme case — the use of...

AI Might Enable Us to Talk to Animals Soon. Here's How
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AI Might Enable Us to Talk to Animals Soon. Here's How

As large language models become experts at human speech, they're now shifting their focus to animal communication.

English Major? History Student? USC Wants to Teach You About Computer Science, Too
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English Major? History Student? USC Wants to Teach You About Computer Science, Too

University of Southern California officials said the forthcoming School of Advanced Computing will extend computer science instruction to students in all disciplines...

How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?
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How does Quantum Computing Impact the Finance Industry?

Quantum computers are only in the developmental stage; experiments are already showing their great potential in the finance industry.

China's Metaverse Is All About Work
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China's Metaverse Is All About Work

China's government aims to build a metaverse that supports the economy, while its Western counterparts are focused on consumers.

Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation
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Researchers Develop Tool for Optimizing Irrigation

A new irrigation optimization tool can estimate water loss from soil caused by evapotranspiration 100 times faster than state-of-the-art methods, while preserving...

GPT-4 Can't Replace Striking TV Writers, But Studios Are Going to Try
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GPT-4 Can't Replace Striking TV Writers, But Studios Are Going to Try

The desire to replace writers with AI is a symptom of the larger problem that the guild is fighting for—which is that companies do not value writers and their work...

FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data
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FTC Proposes Blanket Prohibition Preventing Facebook from Monetizing Youth Data

FTC says the company violated 2020 privacy order; proposes new protections for children and teens.

My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion
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My Weekend With an Emotional Support A.I. Companion

Pi, an A.I. tool that debuted this week, is a twist on the new wave of chatbots: It assists people with their wellness and emotions.

'AI is Taking Your Favorite Radio by Storm': Swiss Station Replaces DJs, Musicians with AI for a Day
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'AI is Taking Your Favorite Radio by Storm': Swiss Station Replaces DJs, Musicians with AI for a Day

A Swiss radio station, which falls under the umbrella of public broadcaster Radio Television Switzerland, notes the concerns about AI — and embraces and seeks to...

Creating More Opportunities for Women in Technology Sector and STEM Education in India
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Creating More Opportunities for Women in Technology Sector and STEM Education in India

According to an AISHE survey, only 11% of engineering graduates in India are women. The percentage of women studying computer science in Indian universities has...
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