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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.

Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI
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Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI

After a backlash, Spotify paused an arrangement that allowed Apple to train machine learning models on some audiobook files.

Eric Schmidt Is Building the Perfect AI War-Fighting Machine
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Eric Schmidt Is Building the Perfect AI War-Fighting Machine

The former Google CEO is on a mission to rewire the U.S. military with cutting-edge artificial intelligence to take on China. Will it make the world safer?

The Generative AI Race Has a Dirty Secret
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The Generative AI Race Has a Dirty Secret

Integrating large language models into search engines could mean a fivefold increase in computing power and huge carbon emissions.

Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI
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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Bad actors use artificial intelligence to propagate falsehoods and upset elections, but the same tools can be repurposed to defend the truth.

This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells
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This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells

Google Research spinout Osmo wants to find substitutes for hard-to-source aromas. The tech could inspire new perfumes—and help combat mosquito-borne diseases.

ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?
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ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?

Creators need to pressure the courts, the market, and regulators before it's too late.

Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner
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Digital Eternity Is Just Around the Corner

These past few years have been visceral reminders of our mortality. But new technologies can offer a way for us and our loved ones to live on.

The Real Fusion Energy Breakthrough Is Still Decades Away
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The Real Fusion Energy Breakthrough Is Still Decades Away

U.S. nuclear scientists have achieved the long-sought goal of a fusion ignition — but don't expect this clean technology to power the grid yet.

These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode
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These Algorithms Are Hunting for an EV Battery Mother Lode

AI trained on reams of geological data can indicate where to dig in search of metals crucial to electric cars and other green technology.

Attackers Keep Targeting the U.S. Electric Grid
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Attackers Keep Targeting the U.S. Electric Grid

Plus: Chinese hackers stealing U.S. Covid relief funds, a cyberattack on the Met Opera website, and more.

San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan
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San Francisco Has Reversed Its Killer Robot Plan

The city rolled back a controversial decision to let robots use lethal force without human intervention. But the fight is far from over.

A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan
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A Row Erupts Over Texas' Bold Bitcoin Battery Plan

Bitcoin miners say they can help stabilize a shaky power grid and prevent blackouts. Experts say it will make the problem worse.

Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown
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Algorithms Quietly Run the City of DC—and Maybe Your Hometown

A new report finds that municipal agencies in Washington deploy dozens of automated decision systems, often without residents' knowledge.

The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech
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The 'Viral' Secure Programming Language That's Taking Over Tech

Rust makes it impossible to introduce some of the most common security vulnerabilities. And its adoption can't come soon enough.

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.

A Long-Awaited Defense Against Data Leaks May Have Just Arrived
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A Long-Awaited Defense Against Data Leaks May Have Just Arrived

MongoDB claims its new "Queryable Encryption" lets users search their databases while sensitive data stays encrypted. Oh, and its cryptography is open source.

Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes
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Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes

Though several bot detection systems are available, there is no standard definition of "bot" and the results of the detection systems can differ.

Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes
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Bot Hunting Is All About the Vibes

At the heart of every bot-detection tool is a human's gut feeling—and all the messiness that comes with it.

Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With 'Ambient Intelligence'
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Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With 'Ambient Intelligence'

The company's new smart gadget uses radar to track your breathing while you sleep. It's part of Amazon's plan to weave its products invisibly into your life.
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