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Spreadsheets Are Hot—and Cranking Out Complex Code
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Spreadsheets Are Hot—and Cranking Out Complex Code

The venerable (and yes, super dull) piece of officeware is getting reinvented as a tool for non-coders to automate and simplify their lives.

Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System
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Europe Is Building a Huge International Facial Recognition System

Lawmakers advance proposals to let police forces across the EU link their photo databases—which include millions of pictures of people's faces.

Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream
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Russia Inches Toward Its Splinternet Dream

For years, the country has been trying to create its own sovereign Internet—a goal given new impetus by the backlash to its invasion of Ukraine.

Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine
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Mysterious Satellite Hack Has Victims Far Beyond Ukraine

The biggest hack since Russia's war began knocked thousands of people offline. The spillover extends deep into Europe.

Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare
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Russia's Killer Drone in Ukraine Raises Fears About AI in Warfare

The maker of the lethal drone claims that it can identify targets using artificial intelligence.

The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests
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The Hidden Role of Facial Recognition Tech in Many Arrests

The technology is spreading fast among police, and often wrong. But people charged with crimes are rarely told an algorithm came into play.

War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question
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War Is Calling Crypto's 'Neutrality' Into Question

War in Ukraine and Western sanctions against Russia have made cryptocurrency a hot potato for international politics.

Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras
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Google's New Tech Can Read Your Body Language—Without Cameras

The company's ATAP research team is using radar to help computers respond to your movements, like turning off a TV if it senses you've dozed off.

China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching
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China Is About to Regulate AI—and the World Is Watching

Sweeping rules will cover algorithms that set prices, control search results, recommend videos, and filter content.

Is Firefox Okay?
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Is Firefox Okay?

Mozilla's privacy-heavy browser is flatlining. What it does next is crucial for the future of the web.

DeepMind Has Trained an AI to Control Nuclear Fusion
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DeepMind Has Trained an AI to Control Nuclear Fusion

The Google-backed firm taught a reinforcement learning algorithm to control the fiery plasma inside a tokamak nuclear fusion reactor.

Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ
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Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ

Researchers say their GT Sophy is the first artificial intelligence able to beat professional esports players in the motorsport game Gran Turismo.

Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info
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Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info

The attackers exploited a known vulnerability and installed credit card skimmers on more than 500 websites.

New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution
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New Database Reveals How Much Humans Are Messing With Evolution

Some animals and plants are rapidly adapting to our warming, polluted world. How alarming that is depends on your perspective.

When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?
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When Mind Melds With Machine, Who's in Control?

Brain-computer interfaces are getting better all the time—and they're about to land us in a philosophical quagmire.

The Future of Robot Nannies
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The Future of Robot Nannies

A machine can't love our children, but our children might love them.

See Little Robots Get Swole in This Virtual 'Gym'
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See Little Robots Get Swole in This Virtual 'Gym'

The bizarre robots look like cobbled-together Tetris pieces. A new system "evolves" them to run, climb, and throw stuff better.

The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam
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The Movement to Hold AI Accountable Gains More Steam

A New York City law requires algorithms used in hiring to be "audited" for bias. It's the first in the US—and part of a larger push toward regulation.

Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down
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Renewable Energy Is Great—but the Grid Can Slow It Down

Many solar and wind projects face a problem: getting the energy from where it's made to where it's needed. 

AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins
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AI Finds Superbug-Killing Potential in Human Proteins

A team scoured the human proteome for antimicrobial molecules and found thousands, plus a surprise about how animals evolved to fight infections.
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