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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
From ACM TechNews

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. ...

Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor
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Inside Intel's Delays in Delivering a Crucial New Microprocessor

The company grappled with missteps for years while developing a microprocessor code-named Sapphire Rapids. It comes out on Tuesday.

Computers Aid Dentistry
From ACM News

Computers Aid Dentistry

Small-scale CAD/CAM tools are among the high-tech capabilities being added to the arsenals of increasingly digital dentists.

JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong
From ACM TechNews

JPSO Used Facial Recognition Technology to Arrest a Man. The Tech Was Wrong

The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office in Louisiana relied on facial-recognition technology to arrest an alleged purse thief, detaining the wrong person, who is...

AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?
From ACM TechNews

AI Is Here, and It's Making Movies. Is Hollywood Ready?

Artificial intelligence software is changing movie-making, including recreating filmed scenes by altering an actor's face to match newly recorded dialogue.

Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business
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Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business

Google's management issued a "code red" in response to the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT and its potential to disrupt the tech industry, and Google's search business...

Designing with DNA
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Designing with DNA

An open-source software program developed by researchers at Duke and other universities lets users take drawings or digital models of rounded shapes and turn them...

OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating
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OpenAI's ChatGPT Raises Alarm Over Student Cheating

Universities need new ways to assess and respond to threats to academic integrity posed by AI tools that students could use to cheat on written assignments.

Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees
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Donald Knuth's 2022 'Christmas Tree' Lecture Is About Trees

Every year around Christmas time, Donald Knuth gives a special lecture for a small audience at Stanford University, and to a larger audience online. This year's...

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code
From ACM TechNews

This Is Your Brain. This Is Your Brain on Code

Researchers found that the brain's demand and language systems encode specific code properties that correlate with machine-learned representations.
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