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The Avatars Wear Prada
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The Avatars Wear Prada

And Balenciaga and Thom Browne. Meta opens a new fashion store for the metaverse. Should you shop?

How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?
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How 'Trustless' Is Bitcoin, Really?

In myth, the cryptocurrency is egalitarian, decentralized and all but anonymous. The reality is very different, scientists have found.

Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them
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Killer Asteroids Are Hiding in Plain Sight. A New Tool Helps Spot Them

Researchers have built an algorithm that can scan old astronomical images for unnoticed space rocks, helping to detect objects that could one day imperil Earth....

The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind
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The Man Who Controls Computers With His Mind

Sixteen years ago, Dennis DeGray was paralyzed in an accident. Now, implants in his brain allow him some semblance of control.

Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic
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Cryptocurrencies Melt Down in a 'Perfect Storm' of Fear and Panic

A steep sell-off that gained momentum this week starkly illustrated the risks of the experimental and unregulated digital currencies.

Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine
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Crowdfunding a War: How Online Appeals Are Bringing Weapons to Ukraine

The online campaign has tapped into widespread Western sympathy and produced meaningful donations for the country's war effort.

Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database
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Clearview AI Settles Suit, Agrees to Limit Sales of Facial Recognition Database

The facial recognition software maker is largely prohibited from selling its database of photos to private companies.

Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There
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Can AI All but End Car Crashes? The Potential Is There

Proponents of artificial intelligence believe it can be used to predict, and help to prevent, dangerous driving behaviors.

Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show
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Football Tech That's More Than a Laser and Light Show

The U.S.F.L. is testing tech that could resolve disputes over where balls are spotted, clearly show if a first down was reached, and track players who stand too...

A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?
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A.I. Is Mastering Language. Should We Trust What It Says?

OpenAI's GPT-3 and other neural nets can now write original prose with mind-boggling fluency — a development that could have profound implications for the future...

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...

'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"...

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.

Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision
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Reality Intrudes on a Utopian Crypto Vision

The cryptocurrency boom has spawned enterprises democratically governed by a community of users. Or that's the theory. Making it work has been much mess

Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary
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Millions for Crypto Start-Ups, No Real Names Necessary

Investors give money to pseudonymous developers. Venture capitalists back founders without learning their real names. What happens when they need to know?

Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps
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Crypto Scammers’ New Target: Dating Apps

"Everything was a lie," said one woman lured into a recent scam.

Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking
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Apple Says It Will Make AirTags Easier to Find After Complaints of Stalking

The $29 devices have become a headache for the company.

As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow
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As Automakers Add Technology to Cars, Software Bugs Follow

As automakers add technology to cars, software bugs follow.

I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification
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I.R.S. to End Use of Facial Recognition for Identity Verification

After a bipartisan backlash, the agency will transition away from using a service from ID.me.
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