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AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam
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AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam

Two papers show that large language models, including ChatGPT, can pass the USMLE.

Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group
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Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group

The DOJ said it stopped victims, including hospitals, schools and infrastructure operators worldwide, from paying $130 million in ransom.

Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail
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Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

"...it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom."

Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation
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Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation

Researchers at NewsGuard, which monitors and studies online misinformation, found that OpenAI's online chatbot ChatGPT can be used to generate propaganda and misinformation...

Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms
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Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms

Data allegedly from ODIN Intelligence illuminates its software and customers. The company says it's working with law enforcement to investigate.

U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks
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U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

IARPA scientists are taking up the nascent field of cyber psychology to predict and counter hacker behavior.

Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute
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Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute

Human artists and artificial intelligence companies are disputing generative AI-intellectual property in a landmark legal case.

Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies
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Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies

Justice Department accuses Google of subverting competition in Internet advertising technologies through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation...

Microsoft Invests $10 Billion in ChatGPT Maker OpenAI
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Microsoft Invests $10 Billion in ChatGPT Maker OpenAI

The deal will give a boost to Microsoft's Azure cloud, while providing OpenAI with additional specially designed supercomputers to run its complex AI models and...

Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative
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Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative

ChatGPT and similar AI systems are being used in realms beyond education, but classrooms seem to be where fears about the bot's misuse — and ideas to adapt alongside...

Meta Board Trashes Facebook's 'Convoluted and Poorly Defined' Female Nipple Rule
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Meta Board Trashes Facebook's 'Convoluted and Poorly Defined' Female Nipple Rule

Facebook's rules, the board acknowledged, are "extensive and confusing" and "often convoluted and poorly defined," requiring bizarre, subjective content moderation...

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.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
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How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?
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Crypto Meltdown, What Crypto Meltdown?

Despite trillions of dollars of losses, a batch of bankruptcies and one very high profile arrest, blockchain's devotees remain devoted.

Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates
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Smart Appliances Could Stop Working After Two Years Due to Lack of Software Updates

U.K. informed consumer brand Which? warns smart appliances could stop operating after only two years due to a cessation of software updates from manufacturers. ...

The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It
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The Biden National Cyber Strategy is Unlike Any Before It

Regulation is on the menu of a national cybersecurity strategy.

Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates
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Security Researchers Say They Hacked California's Digital License Plates

Security researchers identified a vulnerability in the app and website of Reviver, a company that sells digital license plates in California, Arizona, and Michigan...

Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans
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Russian Twitter Campaigns in 2016 Presidential Race Largely Limited to Strongly Partisan Republicans

A survey of nearly 1,500 U.S. respondents found Russian Twitter campaigns during the 2016 presidential race primarily reached a small subset of users, most highly...

Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems
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Utilities Use Unmanned Aircraft to Find Problems

Utilities are using unmanned drones to inspect power lines and other infrastructure.
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