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ChatGPT Can Now Generate Images
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ChatGPT Can Now Generate Images

OpenAI has integrated a new version of its DALL-E image generator into its ChatGPT online chatbot.

How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious
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How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious

In a new report, scientists offer a list of measurable qualities that might indicate the presence of some presence in a machine.

2 Senators Propose Bipartisan Framework for A.I. Laws
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2 Senators Propose Bipartisan Framework for A.I. Laws

The effort by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Josh Hawley is the latest move by lawmakers to catch up with the rapidly evolving technology.

Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance
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Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance

Artificial intelligence tools have given scammers a potent weapon for trying to trick people into sending them money.

YouTube Ads May Have Led to Online Tracking of Children, Research Says
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YouTube Ads May Have Led to Online Tracking of Children, Research Says

Adalytics reported Google's YouTube advertised adult products from over 300 brands on close to 100 YouTube videos geared toward children, with several ads displaying...

Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash
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Cruise Agrees to Reduce Driverless Car Fleet in San Francisco After Crash

A driverless Cruise taxi with a passenger collided with a fire truck Thursday night, just one week after state officials allowed the service to expand.

Computer Scientists Tap AI to Identify Risky Apps
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Computer Scientists Tap AI to Identify Risky Apps

University of Massachusetts Amherst's Brian Levine and a dozen computer scientists have developed a computational model that evaluates customer reviews of social...

What Can You Do When A.I. Lies About You?
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What Can You Do When A.I. Lies About You?

People have little protection or recourse when the technology creates and spreads falsehoods about them.

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations
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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt Military Operations

U.S. security officials say the White House is hunting for malware purportedly concealed by China within infrastructure critical to U.S. military bases.

The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here
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The Robots We Were Afraid of Are Already Here

The long-anticipated automation revolution has begun. Robots are ready to operate forklifts and do laundry. It's not as scary as it sounds.

U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations
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U.S. Hunts Chinese Malware That Could Disrupt American Military Operations

American intelligence officials believe the malware could give China the power to disrupt or slow American deployments or resupply operations, including during...

Researchers Poke Holes in Safety Controls of ChatGPT and Other Chatbots
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Researchers Poke Holes in Safety Controls of ChatGPT and Other Chatbots

A new report indicates that the guardrails for widely used chatbots can be thwarted, leading to an increasingly unpredictable environment for the technology.

A Blessing and a Boogeyman: Advertisers Warily Embrace A.I.
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A Blessing and a Boogeyman: Advertisers Warily Embrace A.I.

Many ads are easier to make with the fast-improving technology. It also poses a threat to an industry already in flux.

A.I. Wrote a Housing Bill. Critics Say It's Not Intelligent
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A.I. Wrote a Housing Bill. Critics Say It's Not Intelligent

A Queens assemblyman used an artificial intelligence program to identify gaps in New York law. But the resulting bill's potential impact is murky at best.

Can A.I. Invent?
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Can A.I. Invent?

A group of legal experts are pressing patent agencies, courts and policymakers to address the question as generative A.I. seems on the brink of invading another...

'Not for Machines to Harvest': Data Revolts Break Out Against AI
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'Not for Machines to Harvest': Data Revolts Break Out Against AI

Fed up with A.I. companies consuming online content without consent, fan fiction writers, actors, social media companies,and news organizations are among those...

Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain
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Cracking Down on Dissent, Russia Seeds a Surveillance Supply Chain

Russia has built a network of technology contractors to supply it with surveillance equipment in order to spy on and quash internal dissent.

U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data
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U.S. and E.U. Complete Long-Awaited Deal on Sharing Data

The agreement ends legal uncertainty for Meta, Google and scores of companies — at least for now.

As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It
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As Businesses Clamor for Workplace A.I., Tech Companies Rush to Provide It

Amazon, Box, Salesforce, Oracle, and others have recently rolled out A.I.-related products to help workplaces become more efficient and productive.

How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out
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How Safe Is Your Office Air? There's One Way to Find Out

Indoor air-quality sensors installed in commercial buildings during the pandemic are now proving useful in areas affected by wildfire smoke.
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