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The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Scientists are using machine learning to eavesdrop on naked mole rats, fruit bats, crows, and whales—and to communicate back.

Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality
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Xi Jinping's Vision for Tech Self-Reliance in China Runs Into Reality

After heavy national investment in semiconductors to break a dependence on global chips, Xi seems unhappy with the results.

One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense
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One Man's Dream of Fusing A.I. With Common Sense

Artificial intelligence systems can process vast amounts of data in seconds, but they can't make sense of the world or explain their decisions. David Ferrucci wants...

White House Pushes Journals to Drop Paywalls on Publicly Funded Research
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White House Pushes Journals to Drop Paywalls on Publicly Funded Research

The White House has directed academic journals to provide immediate access to research that is publicly funded.

Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules
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Remote Scan of Student's Room Before Test Violated His Privacy, Judge Rules

A federal judge said Cleveland State University violated the Fourth Amendment when it used software to scan a student's bedroom.

Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign
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Facebook, Twitter, Others Remove Pro-U.S. Influence Campaign

It was the first time that an influence operation promoting U.S. interests abroad had been discovered and taken down from the social media platforms.

Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power
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Google Finds 'Inoculating' People Against Misinformation Helps Blunt Its Power

British researchers and a team from Google found that teaching people how to spot misinformation made people more skeptical of it.

It's Alive! It's With the Band! A Computer Soloist Holds Its Own
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It's Alive! It's With the Band! A Computer Soloist Holds Its Own

Voyager, a computer program, played with Ensemble Signal in the U.S. premiere of a George Lewis piece that was a highlight of this year's concert calendar.

TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes
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TikTok Browser Can Track Users' Keystrokes

A privacy researcherfound the TikTok video application's Web browser can track users' keystrokes.

The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score
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The Rise of the Worker Productivity Score

Across industries and incomes, more employees are being tracked, recorded and ranked. What is gained, companies say, is efficiency and accountability. What is lost...

How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories
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How Russia Took Over Ukraine's Internet in Occupied Territories

Internet routing data for a service provider in Kherson shows traffic beginning to flow through Russian networks in May before fully transitioning by early June...

Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up
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Japan Once Led the World in Microchips. Now, It's Racing to Catch Up

As it reckons with supply chain vulnerabilities, the country is spending billions to revitalize domestic production and seeking to form a coalition with "like-minded"...

A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?
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A.I. Is Not Sentient. Why Do People Say It Is?

Robots can't think or feel, despite what the researchers who build them want to believe.

India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection
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India Withdraws a Proposed Law on Data Protection

A number of lawyers and experts say measures to safeguard citizens online are badly needed, but the bill was criticized by both privacy advocates and tech companies...

Congress Is Giving Billions to the Chip Industry. Strings Are Attached
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Congress Is Giving Billions to the Chip Industry. Strings Are Attached

Industrial policy is back in Washington, as a vast semiconductor and science bill gives the government new sway over a strategic industry.

A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science
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A.I. Predicts the Shape of Nearly Every Protein Known to Science

DeepMind has expanded its database of microscopic biological mechanisms, hoping to accelerate research into all living things.

Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston
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Cryptomining Capacity in U.S. Rivals Energy Use of Houston

A Congressional probe found seven of the largest U.S. bitcoin mining companies could cumulatively use as much electricity as all the homes in Houston.

Would You Pay $40 a Month to Have Strangers Watch You Work?
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Would You Pay $40 a Month to Have Strangers Watch You Work?

People still working remotely are turning to virtual co-working spaces for accountability through a Zoom screen.

In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer
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In a Post-Roe World, the Future of Digital Privacy Looks Even Grimmer

The sheer amount of tech tools and knowledge required to discreetly seek an abortion underlines how wide open we are to surveillance.

Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses
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Robots Aren't Done Reshaping Warehouses

The pace of automation has accelerated in the pandemic, as big players invest billions in their efforts to streamline how goods are sorted and shipped.
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