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The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip
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The Huge Endeavor to Produce a Tiny Microchip

As the global chip shortage continues, we take an inside look at how semiconductors are fabricated.

Meet DALL-E, the A.I. That Draws Anything at Your Command
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Meet DALL-E, the A.I. That Draws Anything at Your Command

New technology that blends language and images could serve graphic artists—and speed disinformation campaigns.

Facial Recognition Goes to War
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Facial Recognition Goes to War

Hoan Ton-That enlisted his facial recognition company Clearview AI in Russia’s war on Ukraine by tapping its technology to help bring some clarity to the conflict...

You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way
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You're Still Being Tracked on the Internet, Just in a Different Way

Apple and Google are pushing privacy changes, but a shift in digital tracking is giving some platforms a bigger advertising advantage.

Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?
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Hackers' Fake Claims of Ukrainian Surrender Aren't Fooling Anyone. So What's Their Goal?

Experts say the hackers' intentions might not be to actually trick anyone, but to erode confidence in Ukrainian media outlets and institutions.

Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?
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Can AI Help Casinos Cut Down on Problem Gambling?

The opportunities seem endless. The reality is much more complicated.

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

A growing number of new products allow anyone to apply artificial intelligence without having to write a line of computer code. Proponents believe the "no-code"...

Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says
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Spam Texts From Your Own Number? 'Bad Actors' Sent Them, Verizon Says

The wireless carrier said that it was working with the F.B.I. and the Secret Service to investigate a recent wave of fraudulent messages, but said the source did...

Does Social Media Make Teens Unhappy? It May Depend on Their Age
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Does Social Media Make Teens Unhappy? It May Depend on Their Age

A large study in Britain found two specific windows of adolescence when some teenagers are most sensitive to social media.

Food Businesses Lose Faith in Instagram After Algorithm Changes
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Food Businesses Lose Faith in Instagram After Algorithm Changes

The change of Instagram's algorithm to prioritize videos over photos has put a damper on the social media strategies of small food businesses.

EU Takes Aim at Big Tech's Power With Landmark Digital Act
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EU Takes Aim at Big Tech's Power With Landmark Digital Act

The European Union was expected to finalize the Digital Markets Act, the most sweeping legislation to regulate tech since a European privacy law was passed in 2018...

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly
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Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-friendly

All five of the biggest publicly traded crypto mining companies are developing, or already operating, plants powered by renewable energy.

How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases
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How Native Americans Try to Debug AI's Biases

At the recent American Indian Science and Engineering Society, students in a workshop created metadata to train an algorithm to understand an image's cultural significance...

Helping A.I. to Learn About Indigenous Cultures
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Helping A.I. to Learn About Indigenous Cultures

Data on Native communities are not at the levels needed for accuracy in A.I.-driven tools. A group is trying to solve that problem.

Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-Friendly
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Bitcoin Miners Want to Recast Themselves as Eco-Friendly

Facing intense criticism, the crypto mining industry is trying to change the view that its energy-guzzling computers are harmful to the climate.

See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department
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See 'Spot' Save: Robot Dogs Join NY Fire Department

Plans to use two new robot dogs only in precarious search and rescue missions may help avoid the controversy that met the Police Department's robots last year. ...

U.S. Casts a Global Net to Stop Shipments to Russia
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U.S. Casts a Global Net to Stop Shipments to Russia

To try to halt the war in Ukraine, the U.S. and its allies have imposed the most sweeping export controls seen in decades on Russia. Now they have to enforce them...

'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses
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'No-Code' Brings the Power of AI to the Masses

Products allow anyone to use AI without writing any computer code.

Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists
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Here Come the Artificial Intelligence Nutritionists

Companies are experimenting with personalized diet apps, saying the future of healthy eating is A.I.

How California Is Building the Nation's First Privacy Police
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How California Is Building the Nation's First Privacy Police

A new state agency has a $10-million budget to regulate Google, Facebook and others. But first it needs to be created.
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