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Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight
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Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight

A rival chatbot has shaken Google out of its routine, with the founders who left three years ago re-engaging and more than 20 A.I. projects in the works.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
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How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

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.

Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?
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Are We Living in a Computer Simulation, and Can We Hack It?

A popular cosmological theory holds that the cosmos runs on quantum codes. So how hard could it be to tweak the supreme algorithm?

Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach
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Alarmed by A.I. Chatbots, Universities Start Revamping How They Teach

With the rise of the popular new chatbot ChatGPT, colleges are restructuring some courses and taking preventive measures.

A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom
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A New Area of A.I. Booms, Even Amid the Tech Gloom

An investment frenzy over "generative artificial intelligence" has gripped Silicon Valley, as tools that generate text, images and sounds in response to short prompts...

'Pinocchio' Built from Tiny Gears, 3D Printing
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'Pinocchio' Built from Tiny Gears, 3D Printing

The movie Guillermo del Toro's Pinocchio features stop-motion animated puppets operated by tiny gears, with the title character three-dimensionally (3D)-printed...

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.

'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word
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'Consciousness' in Robots Was Once Taboo. Now It's the Last Word

The pursuit of artificial awareness may be humankind's next moonshot. But it comes with a host of difficult questions.

U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits
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U.S. Pours Money Into Chips, but Even Soaring Spending Has Limits

Amid a tech cold war with China, U.S. companies have pledged nearly $200 billion for chip manufacturing projects since early 2020. But the investments are not a...

Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?
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Is A.I. the Future of Test Prep?

Riiid is one of a handful of companies that believe that A.I. algorithms are perfectly suited to track student performance and give individualized attention.

To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans
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To the Highest Bidder: A Military Database of Fingerprints, Iris Scans

Security researcher Matthias Marx successfully bid on eBay for a Secure Electronic Enrollment Kit, which contained the names, nationalities, photographs, fingerprints...

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...

How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System
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How Hackers Used One Software Flaw to Take Down a County Computer System

An information technology director was put on leave for negligence after Suffolk County officials released the results of their investigation.

Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow
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Brain Implants Have Begun to Restore Functions, but Advances Are Slow

But achieving full-body restoration of movement, as Elon Musk envisions with such devices, is considered far into the future, if at all.

Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon
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Japanese Company's Lunar Lander Launches to the Moon

The company, Ispace, is carrying a rover from the United Arab Emirates, a Japanese robot, and other cargo in its bid to possibly be the first commercial lander...

The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?
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The New Chatbots Could Change the World. Can You Trust Them?

Siri, Google Search, online marketing and your child's homework will never be the same. Then there's the misinformation problem.

The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT
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The Brilliance and Weirdness of ChatGPT

A new chatbot from OpenAI is inspiring awe, fear, stunts and attempts to circumvent its guardrails.

How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control
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How the Global Spyware Industry Spiraled Out of Control

The market for commercial spyware — which allows governments to invade mobile phones and vacuum up data — is booming. Even the U.S. government is using it.
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