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The Pentagon Inches Toward Letting AI Control Weapons
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The Pentagon Inches Toward Letting AI Control Weapons

Drills involving swarms of drones raise questions about whether machines could outperform a human operator in complex scenarios.

Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line
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Ford's Ever-Smarter Robots Are Speeding Up the Assembly Line

A transmission factory shows how artificial intelligence may creep into industrial processes in gradual and often imperceptible ways.

This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent
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This Researcher Says AI Is Neither Artificial nor Intelligent

Kate Crawford, who holds positions at USC and Microsoft, says in a new book that even experts working on the technology misunderstand AI.

Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code
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Now for AI's Latest Trick: Writing Computer Code

Programs such as GPT-3 can compose convincing text. Some people are using the tool to automate software development and hunt for bugs.

This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer
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This AI Could Help Wipe Out Colon Cancer

Medtronic's GI Genius, recently cleared by the FDA, will help doctors identify precancerous polyps.

Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First
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Intel Wants to Revive U.S. Chipmaking—but It Has to Catch Up First

The semiconductor giant announced plans to open its factories to others, but it will send some of its most advanced designs to be made in Taiwan.

AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets
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AI Could Enable 'Swarm Warfare' for Tomorrow's Fighter Jets

A Pentagon project is testing scenarios involving multiple aircraft that could change the dynamics of air combat.

France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree
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France Ties Russia's Sandworm to Multiyear Hacking Spree

The French National Agency for the Security of Information Systems said attackers associated with Russian military hackers have been compromising French targets...

Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D
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Forget Chess—the Real Challenge Is Teaching AI to Play D&D

Some artificial intelligence experts think role playing adventure games will help machines learn to be as clever as we are.

Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor
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Malware Now Targeting Apple's M1 Processor

Security researchers have identified malware customized to run on Apple's new M1 processors in the MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, and Mac Mini computers.

Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All
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Microsoft's Big Win in Quantum Computing Was an 'Error' After All

In a 2018 paper, researchers said they found evidence of an elusive theorized particle. A closer look now suggests otherwise.

As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along
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As Robots Fill the Workplace, They Must Learn to Get Along

Singapore's Changi General Hospital is using software from Open Robotics to avoid standoffs among its robots in hallways or outside elevators.

The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me
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The Secret History of the First Microprocessor, the F-14, and Me

In a weird way, I've known Ray Holt all my life, but I never knew what he had accomplished—or how his inventions wove their way into my own family.

Google's Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed
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Google's Antitrust Cases: A Guide for the Perplexed

The company is facing multiple lawsuits from the U.S. Department of Justice and three dozen states.

Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed
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Critical Flaws in Millions of IoT Devices May Never Get Fixed

Internet of Things security firm Forescout uncovered 33 flaws in seven open source TCP/IP stacks that potentially leave millions of IoT devices vulnerable.

The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders
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The Few, the Tired, the Open Source Coders

The open source movement runs on the heroic efforts of not enough people doing too much work. They need help.

When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'
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When AI Sees a Man, It Thinks 'Official.' A Woman? 'Smile'

New research renews concerns about bias in image recognition services offered by Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. 

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers found they could stop a Tesla by flashing a few frames of a stop sign for less than half a second on an Internet-connected billboard.

Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic
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Internet Freedom Has Taken a Hit During the Covid-19 Pandemic

From surveillance to arrests, governments are using the novel coronavirus as cover for a crackdown on digital liberty.

Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot
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Split-Second 'Phantom' Images Can Fool Tesla's Autopilot

Researchers at Israel's Ben Gurion University of the Negev found they could fool Tesla's Autopilot driver-assistance systems into automatically reacting without...
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