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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...

School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers
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School District Offers Blueprint for Increasing CS Student Numbers

New York's Mineola school district has boosted the numbers of its students taking computer science by infusing the subject into curricula as early as pre-kindergarten...

Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice
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Pwn2Own Hackers Breach a Tesla Twice

Participants of the Pwn2Own software exploitation conference hacked technology from automaker Tesla twice at the Zero Day Initiative's Pwn2Own software exploitation...

Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands
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Venus Flytrap Cyborg Snaps Shut with Smartphone Commands

Wenlong Li and colleagues at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have transformed Venus flytraps into biological robots.

Disney Scraps Metaverse Division As Virtual Worlds Become Yesterday's Tech Fad
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Disney Scraps Metaverse Division As Virtual Worlds Become Yesterday's Tech Fad

History is littered with predictions about virtual reality worlds that were going to change everything.

More Details, but Not Enough
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More Details, but Not Enough

Disputed Google research is receiving further scrutiny, despite the company's inaction in open-sourcing its data or source code as promised.

As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware
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As Part of Ongoing Effort to Beef Up Cybersecurity, Biden Turns Gaze to Commercial Spyware

The Biden administration says commercial spyware has proliferated in recent years with few controls and a high risk of abuse.

For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms
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For Chip Makers, a Choice Between the U.S. and China Looms

Washington seeks to steer the semiconductor supply chain using 'guardrails' under the Chips Act.

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.

At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas
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At least 50 U.S. Government Employees Targeted with Phone Spyware Overseas

White House bans federal agencies from using spyware that poses national security and human rights risks in the U.S.

Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report
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Lack of Computer Science Teachers Holding Irish Students Back, says Report

New research has found that as of August 2022, there were only 34 accredited computer science teachers in Ireland.

Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens
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Utah Law Could Curb Use of TikTok, Instagram by Children, Teens

Utah's Governor Spencer J. Cox signed a social media bill that could restrict access to applications like TikTok and Instagram by children and adolescents.

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...

Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics
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Robot Caterpillar Demonstrates Locomotion Approach for Soft Robotics

North Carolina State University researchers have created a caterpillar-like soft robot that can locomote forward, backward, and duck under cramped areas.

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.

Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance
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Amazon To Go Head to Head with SpaceX in a Battle for Satellite Internet Dominance

In its bid to catch up with Starlink, the company plans to build as many as four satellites a day.

'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality
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'X-Ray Vision' Could Be the Next Superpower You Get With Augmented Reality

With Microsoft's HoloLens and a special application developed by MIT researchers, AR can be used to find hidden objects.
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