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Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain
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Building a New Type of Efficient Artificial Intelligence Inspired by the Brain

Although the brain's architecture is very shallow, brain-inspired artificial neural networks' learning capabilities can outperform deep learning.

AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk
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AI Model Can Detect Future Lung Cancer Risk

A new artificial intelligence tool can perform lung cancer risk assessments without the help of a radiologist.

Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft
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Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft

Israeli engineers and German gamers partnered to build an accurate virtual model of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Museum and an educational exhibition in the online gameworld...

Roboticists Want to Give You a Third Arm
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Roboticists Want to Give You a Third Arm

Unused bandwidth in neurons can be tapped to control extra limbs.

The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up
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The Race of the AI Labs Heats Up

ChatGPT is not the only game in town.

ChatGPT Finding, Fixing Bugs in Code
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ChatGPT Finding, Fixing Bugs in Code

Computer science researchers found the ChatGPT chatbot can detect and correct buggy code better than existing programs.

Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea
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Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea

South Korea's entertainment industry is producing virtual content as a gateway into the metaverse.

Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate
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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.

Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up
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Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up

Scientists in the U.S. and China have adopted a vertical framework to produce high-performance organic electrochemical transistors.

ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems
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ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems

A TechBrief released by ACM's global Technology Policy Council warns the spread of algorithmic systems carries with it unaddressed risks.

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.

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...

Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations
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Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations

Researchers have developed a technique for assigning workplaces to individuals in synthetic populations.

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.

Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs
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Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs

To power the 3D-printed, multiplexing system, just shine light on it.

What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?
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What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?

Service was impacted in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, however, China was unaffected, per CNN.

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.

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.
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