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German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful
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German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful

A top German court has ruled that police use of automated data analysis to prevent crime in some German states violates their constitutions.

In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving
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In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving

University of California, Berkeley researchers found simple head and hand movements by participants in the Metaverse can expose their identities.

How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language
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How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language

For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.

Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal
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Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal

South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have issued a free software patch to owners of 8.3 million 2015-2019 models in order to thwart car thieves.

Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls
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Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls

California-based HigherGround's Live911 software allows police to access 911 emergency calls in real time, reducing their response time.

AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics
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AI Tech Enables Industrial-Scale Intellectual-Property Theft, Say Critics

Grzegorz Rutkowski has become one of the most popular artists to copy using image-generating artificial intelligence systems like OpenAI's Dall-E 2 and Stability...

Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?
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Is AI Enough to Smooth Traffic in Famously Congested Areas?

The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has begun deploying smarter technology at the Lincoln and Holland tunnels and the George Washington Bridge to help...

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...

What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?
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What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?

Service was impacted in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, however, China was unaffected, per CNN.

Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute
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Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute

Human artists and artificial intelligence companies are disputing generative AI-intellectual property in a landmark legal case.

Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

Microsoft Announces 10,000 Job Cuts
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Microsoft Announces 10,000 Job Cuts

Microsoft said that its cost-cutting measures will lead to costs of around $1.2 billion in Q2, resulting from severance pay, changes to its hardware portfolio and...

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
From Communications of the ACM

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy
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Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy

North Carolina State University's Mohammad Farazmand and Konstantinos Mamis corrected a flaw in a popular pandemic model, improving the accuracy of its predictions...

Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots
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Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots

Researchers are developing tools that can identify content created by bots like OpenAI's ChatGPT, which generates text that can be difficult to distinguish from...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?
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AI Becoming More Conversational. But Will It Get More Honest?

Many companies and laboratories are tapping artificial intelligence to develop more sophisticated chatbots.

Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates
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Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates

U.K. informed consumer brand Which? warns smart appliances could stop operating after only two years due to a cessation of software updates from manufacturers. ...
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