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Defense Department Issuing AI Ethics Guidelines for Tech Contractors
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Defense Department Issuing AI Ethics Guidelines for Tech Contractors

The controversy over Project Maven shows the department has a serious trust problem. This is an attempt to fix that.

Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap
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Some Artists Found a Lifeline Selling NFTs. Others Worry It's a Trap

Artists are jumping into a market that will pay thousands for their work. But they're running into scams, environmental concerns, and crypto hype.

The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition
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The Pandemic is Testing the Limits of Face Recognition

Government use of face ID systems exploded during the pandemic—but tying it to critical services has left some people locked out at the moment they needed help...

 2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks
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2021 has Broken the Record for Zero-Day Hacking Attacks

The reasons why are complicated—and not all bad news.

U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology
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U.S. Government Agencies to Increase Use of Facial Recognition Technology

A new survey shows the controversial systems are poised to play an even bigger role in federal business.

Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering
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Mathematicians Are Deploying Algorithms to Stop Gerrymandering

Mathematicians are implementing algorithms designed to halt gerrymandering—the partisan manipulation of U.S. Census data to redraw electoral maps for one political...

How Facebook Got Addicted to Spreading Misinformation
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How Facebook Got Addicted to Spreading Misinformation

The company's AI algorithms gave it an insatiable habit for lies and hate speech. Now the man who built them can't fix the problem.

AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem
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AI Needs to Face Up to its Invisible-worker Problem

Machine-learning models are trained by low-paid online gig workers. They're not going away—but we can change the way they work, says Saiph Savage.

WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation
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WhatsApp is Limiting Message Forwarding to Combat Coronavirus Misinformation

From today, messages identified as "highly forwarded" can be forwarded to a single person, instead of five.

Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour
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Hackers Can Trick a Tesla into Accelerating By 50 Miles Per Hour

Researchers at McAfee have demonstrated that adversarial machine learning can thwart autonomous driving systems.

U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders
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U.S. Army Creating Robots That Can Follow Orders

Researchers have developed software that allows robots to understand verbal instructions, carry out those instructions, and report back.

Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.
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Facebook is Under Fire for Political Ads. Twitter Just Banned Them Completely.

Twitter will ban political ads—both for candidates and for specific issues—starting November 22, according to CEO Jack Dorsey.

16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines
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16 Million Americans Will Vote on Hackable Paperless Machines

At least 16 million Americans in eight states will vote on completely paperless machines in the 2020 U.S. elections.

Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer
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Russian Hackers Infiltrating Companies via Office Printer

Microsoft warns hackers associated with Russian spy agencies are exploiting Internet-of-Things devices to infiltrate corporate networks.

New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now
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New Deepfake Detection Tool Should Keep World Leaders Safe--for Now

A new digital forensics technique holds the potential to protect world leaders and celebrities from artificial intelligence-doctored "deepfake" videos.

Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.
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Russia Wants to Cut Itself Off from the Global Internet. Here's What that Really Means.

In the next two weeks, Russia is planning to attempt something no other country has tried before. It's going to test whether it can disconnect from the rest of...

Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading
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Triton Is the World's Most Murderous Malware, and It's Spreading

As an experienced cyber first responder, Julian Gutmanis had been called plenty of times before to help companies deal with the fallout from cyberattacks.

An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News
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An AI that Writes Convincing Prose Risks Mass-Producing Fake News

Here's some breaking fake news … Russia has declared war on the United States after Donald Trump accidentally fired a missile in the air.

The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything
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The Real Reason America Is Scared of Huawei: Internet-Connected Everything

There was a time when the world's two great superpowers were obsessed with nuclear weapons technology.

Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out
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Will People Ditch Cash for Cryptocurrency? Japan Is About to Find Out

Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe wants 40% of payments in that country to be cashless by 2025.
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