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The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up
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The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up

ChatGPT is not the only game in town.

Artificial Intelligence is Permeating Business At Last
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Artificial Intelligence is Permeating Business At Last

The age of "boring AI" will be anything but.

What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers
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What to Do Now About Tomorrow's Code-Cracking Computers

A future-proof way to encrypt sensitive data is now available. Put it to use.

Robotized Insects May Search Collapsed Buildings for Survivors
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Robotized Insects May Search Collapsed Buildings for Survivors

Researchers have developed robotized insects that could be used to search for survivors in collapsed buildings.

Economists Are Revising Their Views on Robots and Jobs
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Economists Are Revising Their Views on Robots and Jobs

There is little evidence of a pandemic-induced surge in automation.

Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages
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Robots Gathering to Help Beat Britain's Supply-Chain Shortages

Robotic logistics is helping to mitigate labor shortages and other supply-chain disruptions in the U.K.

A Novel Way to Optimize Robots
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A Novel Way to Optimize Robots

It harks back to a 19th-century idea about evolution.

To Stop the Ransomware Pandemic, Start with the Basics
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To Stop the Ransomware Pandemic, Start with the Basics

That will help stop other sorts of cyber-mischief, too.

Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?
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Can Pat Gelsinger Turn Intel Around?

The giant chipmaker's new boss has his work cut out.

How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around
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How Satya Nadella Turned Microsoft Around

Now for the hard part.

The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem
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The Cost of Training Machines Is Becoming a Problem

The assumption that the cost of training computers is declining with the doubling of computing power every two years does not always hold true.

Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic
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Why Voting Online Is Not the Way to Hold an Election in a Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic's disruption to elections worldwide has rekindled interest in voting online, but experts warn it would be too vulnerable to breaches and cyberattacks...

Don’t Trust AI Until We Build Systems That Earn Trust
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Don’t Trust AI Until We Build Systems That Earn Trust

Progress in artificial intelligence belies a lack of transparency that is vital for its adoption, says Gary Marcus, coauthor of "Rebooting AI"

Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost
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Technology Could Make Hard Border Disappear, but at a Cost

“Hard” borders could potentially become invisible in the next few years, but practical applications could carry high costs and intrusive electronic surveillance...

Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience
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Python has Brought Computer Programming to a Vast New Audience

And its inventor has just stepped down.

Computer Algorithms Can Test the Dodginess of Published Results
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Computer Algorithms Can Test the Dodginess of Published Results

Researchers have developed a method for algorithmically gauging manipulation of published scientific results.

Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?
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Are Programs Better Than People at Predicting Reoffending?

A Dartmouth College research study found the COMPAS computer program performed about as well as humans at predicting recidivism.

Teaching Robots Right From Wrong
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Teaching Robots Right From Wrong

Artificial intelligence is outperforming the human sort in a growing range of fields—but how do we make sure it behaves morally?

Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching
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Spyware That Can Identify What Films You Are Watching

New neural network-based detection algorithms can determine what movies people who use streaming services are viewing.

A Computer Program That Learns How to Save Fuel
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A Computer Program That Learns How to Save Fuel

Artificial intelligence may one day be able to help cars use energy more efficiently.
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