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'Very Harmful' Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks
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'Very Harmful' Lack of Data Blunts U.S. Response to Outbreaks

Major data gaps, the result of decades of underinvestment in public health, have undercut the government response to the coronavirus, and now to monkeypox.

YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations
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YouTube's Dislike Button Rarely Shifts Recommendations

Mozilla Foundation researchers found pressing the "dislike" button on a YouTube video does little to improve the videos chosen by the YouTube platform's recommender...

Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says
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Social Media Companies Still Boost Election Fraud Claims, Report Says

The report argues the companies fuel false conspiracies about election fraud despite promises to combat them.

This Ad's for You (Not Your Neighbor)
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This Ad's for You (Not Your Neighbor)

Data mining plus streaming can target political ads household by household, mostly unregulated.

Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands
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Clearview AI, Used by Police to Find Criminals, Is Now in Public Defenders' Hands

After a Florida man was accused of vehicular homicide, his lawyer used Clearview AI's facial recognition software to prove his innocence.

One Solution to the Digital Divide: Teens
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One Solution to the Digital Divide: Teens

The 4-H Tech Changemakers program provides young people with the education and tools needed to teach digital skills to adults in their communities.

The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It
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The Supply Chain Broke. Robots Are Supposed to Help Fix It

The companies behind e-commerce are embracing automation as the means of transcending the limitations of humans.

He Used AI to Win a Fine-Arts Competition. Was It Cheating?
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He Used AI to Win a Fine-Arts Competition. Was It Cheating?

One judge said the striking piece evoked Renaissance art. But some critics compared it to 'entering a marathon and driving a Lamborghini to the finish line.'

How Silicon Chips Rule the World
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How Silicon Chips Rule the World

Maintaining the flow of oil is still crucial for the world economy. But now the supply of semiconductors is also critical for commerce, and war and peace.

The Animal Translators
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The Animal Translators

Researchers are using machine learning systems to decode animal communication.

Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California
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Sweeping Children's Online Safety Bill Is Passed in California

The new rules, which would require many online services to increase protections for children, could change how popular social media and game platforms treat minors...

Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation
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Did My Cat Just Hit On Me? An Adventure in Pet Translation

Entrepreneurs are aiming to put A.I.-powered pet translation tools into our pockets.

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.
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