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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.

Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism
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Hidden Pattern in Children's Eyes Can Reveal Autism

Researchers have demonstrated the use of AI to screen for and determine the severity of autism in children and teens based on images of their retinas.

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.

Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year
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Human Brain-Like Supercomputer Coming Next Year

Researchers have developed a neuromorphic supercomputer than can perform 228 trillion synaptic operations per second.

Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS
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Autonomous Subs Wayfind Without GPS

Researchers used reinforcement learning to improve the ability of uncrewed underwater vehicles to navigate without GPS.

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."

Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments
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Helping Robots Learn Quickly in New Environments

A new algorithm reduces the amount of data necessary to train robots and enable them to perform tasks.

Bigger, Not Necessarily Better
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Bigger, Not Necessarily Better

The inverse scaling issue means larger LLMs sometimes handle things less well.

Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99
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Vera Molnár, Pioneer of Computer Art, Dies at 99

Vera Molnár, a Hungarian-born artist who has been called the godmother of generative art for her pioneering digital work, died Dec. 7 in Paris at age 99.

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.

Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs
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Scientists Bring Molecules Back from the Dead to Fight Superbugs

A research team is using computational methods to mine genetic information from extinct human ancestors to identify candidates for new antibiotics.

Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record
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Robo-Dog Sets 100-Meter Sprint Guinness World Record

Guinness World records labeled a dog-like robot created by a team at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology the fastest quadrupedal robot.

Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy
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Teens Push to Broaden AI Literacy

Some teenagers are asking their schools to provide broader AI learning experiences.

Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem
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Google DeepMind Used a Large Language Model to Solve an Unsolvable Math Problem

They had to throw away most of what it produced, but there was gold among the garbage.

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.

AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles
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AI for Safer Bike Helmets, Better Shoe Soles

An artificial intelligence (AI) tool developed by researchers at Switzerland's ETH Zurich can predict new metamaterials that can be three-dimensional printed.

Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe
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Multiple Data Leaks at 23andMe

Stolen genetic data leads to class action suit against the testing firm.

Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests
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Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests

A.I. tools like ChatGPT did not boost the frequency of cheating in high schools, Stanford researchers say.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.
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