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Israel Opens First 'Smart Operating Room' That Manages Inventory
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Israel Opens First 'Smart Operating Room' That Manages Inventory

The Galilee Medical Center in Nahariya, Israel, has opened a "smart room" for the management of inventory in operating rooms.

This 22-Year-Old is Trying to Save Us from ChatGPT Before it Changes Writing Forever
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This 22-Year-Old is Trying to Save Us from ChatGPT Before it Changes Writing Forever

Tian says he has a couple primary motivations for creating GPTZero. The first is transparency. "Humans deserve to know when something is written by a human or written...

Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate
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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.

Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group
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Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group

The DOJ said it stopped victims, including hospitals, schools and infrastructure operators worldwide, from paying $130 million in ransom.

Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail
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Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

"...it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom."

Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation
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Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation

Researchers at NewsGuard, which monitors and studies online misinformation, found that OpenAI's online chatbot ChatGPT can be used to generate propaganda and misinformation...

Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations
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Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations

Researchers have developed a technique for assigning workplaces to individuals in synthetic populations.

An Unprecedented Look at Colorectal Cancer
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An Unprecedented Look at Colorectal Cancer

Researchers at Harvard Medical School created large-scale two-dimensional and three-dimensional spatial maps of colorectal cancer that layer molecular information...

Color Images from the Shadow of a Sample
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Color Images from the Shadow of a Sample

Researchers at Göttingen University have developed a new method for X-ray color imaging.

U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks
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U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

IARPA scientists are taking up the nascent field of cyber psychology to predict and counter hacker behavior.

Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs
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Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs

To power the 3D-printed, multiplexing system, just shine light on it.

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.

Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw
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Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw

Polish security researcher Dawid Potocki discovered a vulnerability in MSI's motherboards that occurs when the Secure Boot default settings for "Image Execution...

Meta Board Trashes Facebook's 'Convoluted and Poorly Defined' Female Nipple Rule
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Meta Board Trashes Facebook's 'Convoluted and Poorly Defined' Female Nipple Rule

Facebook's rules, the board acknowledged, are "extensive and confusing" and "often convoluted and poorly defined," requiring bizarre, subjective content moderation...

Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To
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Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To

A brainwave-monitoring technique created by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Essex can identify to which specific piece of music people are listening.

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail
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Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail

Researchers at the U.K.'s Liverpool John Moores University and Egypt's Cairo University used software and a "reverse aging" process to replicate ancient Egyptian...

CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say
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CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say

"They use AI to rewrite the intros every two weeks or so because Google likes updated content. Eventually it gets so mangled that about every four months a real...

The AI Magic Show
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The AI Magic Show

Explanations about how deep learning and large language models actually work often emphasized incomprehensibility, or a model's explainability or interpretability...

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.
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