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Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.
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Why Do AI Chatbots Tell Lies and Act Weird? Look in the Mirror.

One of the pioneers of artificial intelligence argues that chatbots are often prodded into producing strange results by the people who are using them.

How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly
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How to Create, Release, and Share Generative AI Responsibly

Companies including OpenAI and TikTok have signed up to a new set of guidelines designed to help them be more transparent around generative AI.

U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces
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U.S. Air Force Giving Military Drones the Ability to Recognize Faces

A contract between the U.S. Department of Defense and RealNetworks calls for the Seattle-based company to equip U.S. Air Force autonomous drones with facial recognition...

These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out
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These Experts are Racing to Protect AI from Hackers. Time is Running Out

AI is becoming a key part of our lives. Hacking it could cause chaos, so the race is on to build defenses.

At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate
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At UNESCO, Call to Regulate Digital Platforms in the Face of Online Disinformation and Hate

UNESCO's Internet For Trust Conference brought together 4,300 participants to discuss regulatory solutions to the ongoing crisis of online information.

Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'
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Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'

New study shows how infants are more adept at spotting motivations that drive human behavior.

Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI
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Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI

The company had a change of heart after "lobotomizing" its AI.

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.

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design
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Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design

Architectures suited for molecules streamline the identification of pharmaceutical candidates.

Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency
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Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency

Advanced feature sets and functionality are projected to drive the market for connected vending to nearly nine million units by 2024.

Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76
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Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76

He combined linguistics, cognitive science and computing with the goal of "trying to understand the nature of the human mind."

Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers
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Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers

Enterprise technology chiefs still have questions about the security and governance of the code-writing programs.

Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails
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Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails

Big Tech is heralding chatbots as the next frontier. Why did Microsoft's start accosting its users?

Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'
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Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'

The recall notice applies to certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter
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U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter

The U.S. Air Force said the X-62A VISTA (Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft) autonomous jet fighter had 17 hours of flight testing.

Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.
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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.

Missy Cummings, who spent more than a year at the federal auto safety agency, said that drivers were putting too much trust in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and...

Ears on AI and Data
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Ears on AI and Data

A round-up of podcasts focused on artificial intelligence and/or data.

Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI
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Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI

After a backlash, Spotify paused an arrangement that allowed Apple to train machine learning models on some audiobook files.

Google Vice President Warns AI Chatbots Are Hallucinating
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Google Vice President Warns AI Chatbots Are Hallucinating

Google senior vice president Prabhakar Raghavan has warned the public about a little-known problem with artificial intelligence chatbots: they "hallucinate."

Securing Supply Chains with Quantum Computing
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Securing Supply Chains with Quantum Computing

One of the potential long-term solutions to solving complex optimization problems is to use quantum computers.
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