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Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety
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Google Taps Asimov's Laws of Robotics for Robot Safety

Researchers at Google DeepMind created a "Robot Constitution" to ensure the safety of their newest robotic system.

Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades
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Humanoid Robot Acts Out Prompts Like It's Playing Charades

A humanoid robot developed by researchers at Japan's University of Tokyo can be controlled by giving text prompts to the large language model GPT-4.

This Memristor Works Best When Stressed
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This Memristor Works Best When Stressed

University of Rochester researchers have developed a technique for stressing a 2D memristor to produce the fastest switching speed and lowest operating energy. ...

Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws
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Java Applications Have Major Security Flaws

Widely-used Java applications were found to have major security vulnerabilities.

A New Olympics Event: Algorithmic Video Surveillance
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A New Olympics Event: Algorithmic Video Surveillance

The upcoming Paris Summer Olympic Games will serve as a testbed for AI-powered video surveillance, and people's tolerance of its use.

Chatbots Trained to 'Jailbreak' Rivals
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Chatbots Trained to 'Jailbreak' Rivals

Researchers at Singapore's Nanyang Technological University have "jailbroke" popular large language model (LLM) chatbots.

Cryptographic Scheme Could Fix AirTag Stalking
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Cryptographic Scheme Could Fix AirTag Stalking

Researchers developed a cryptographic scheme to prioritize the detection of potential AirTag stalking while maintaining privacy for users.

Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving
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Mercedes Adds Blue Car Light for Self-Driving

Mercedes-Benz has received approval to add external turquoise blue lights to its vehicles that indicate when they are in self-driving mode.

U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children
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U.S. Regulators Propose New Online Privacy Safeguards for Children

The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has proposed major changes to the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act of 1998.

Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers
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Bionic Prostheses Empower Wounded Ukrainian Soldiers

About 20,000 Ukrainians have had amputations since the war with Russia started in February 2022. Some were able to receive bionic prostheses.

ACM Publications Finances for 2022
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ACM Publications Finances for 2022

Achieving a balance between mission, sustainability, and growth is without question ACM's greatest challenge as we transition to a fully Open Access model over...

Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D
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Caltech, Broadcom Partner on Quantum R&D

A multi-year partnership between the California Institute of Technology and Broadcom aims to advance quantum science research and development.

Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations
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Microsoft Targets Nuclear to Power AI Operations

Microsoft is looking to tap nuclear power for its artificial intelligence and supercomputing electricity needs.

The Greatest Degree Program Ever
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The Greatest Degree Program Ever

Georgia Tech is among the most employer-connected, industry-aligned universities in the country with growing enrollments at every level.

U.K. Tech Sector Gender Gap Could Take 'Nearly 300 Years' to Close Without Intervention
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U.K. Tech Sector Gender Gap Could Take 'Nearly 300 Years' to Close Without Intervention

At the U.K.’s BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, researchers found it could take as long as 283 years for that nation’s tech industry to close the gender gap....

Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids
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Tech Gives Sound Directionality to Hearing Aids

Researchers at Taiwan's National Cheng Kung University have developed a hearing aid system with sound directionality.

Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States
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Google Allows More App Payment Options in Antitrust Deal With States

The tech giant will pay $700 million and allow app makers to collect payments directly in a settlement it hopes will help resolve other legal challenges.

The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI
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The New York Times Hires First Newsroom Leader Focused on AI

The New York Times said Quartz co-founder Zach Seward has been hired to develop principles for "how we do and do not use generative AI."

Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls
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Tesla Recalls 2 Million Cars with 'Insufficient' Autopilot Safety Controls

Tesla is recalling more than 2 million vehicles to fix Autopilot systems that government regulators determined did not have enough controls to prevent misuse.

OpenAI's Ilya Sutskever Has a Plan for Keeping Super-Intelligent AI in Check
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OpenAI's Ilya Sutskever Has a Plan for Keeping Super-Intelligent AI in Check

The Superalignment team led by OpenAI chief scientist Ilya Sutskever has devised a way to guide the behavior of AI models as they get ever smarter.
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