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Walmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants
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Walmart Amps Up Cloud Capabilities, Reducing Reliance on Tech Giants

Retailer Walmart said it has deployed a system for transitioning between cloud providers and its own servers, demonstrating a means of becoming less reliant on...

The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed
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The Lost Masterpieces Being Revealed

Advanced technologies are revealing previously hidden masterpieces.

Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint
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Measuring AI's Carbon Footprint

Researchers have developed a method of calculating the carbon emissions of artificial intelligence systems that boasts greater accuracy.

MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System
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MIT Engineers Devise Recipe for Improving Any Autonomous Robotic System

A general-purpose optimizer aims to speed development of autonomous robotic systems by using an optimization code that automatically determines how to boost performance...

Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data
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Security Flaws in Internet-Connected Hot Tubs Exposed Owners' Personal Data

Vulnerabilities in hot tub manufacturer Jacuzzi's SmartTub Internet interface compromised the data of owners worldwide.

IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising
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IBM Open Source Tools Help Companies Spot Bias in Advertising

IBM's Artificial Intelligence Fairness 360 toolkit has confirmed the existence of bias in digital advertising.

Chip Makers Refusing to Build Semiconductor Plants in the U.S. Unless Congress Unlocks $52 billion in Funding
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Chip Makers Refusing to Build Semiconductor Plants in the U.S. Unless Congress Unlocks $52 billion in Funding

The CHIPS Act is intended to shore up America's flagging chip industry as a hedge against China's accelerated development of its own semiconductor capabilities....

Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads
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Sweden's Einride to Test Autonomous Trucks on U.S. Roads

Sweden's autonomous-truck startup Einride AB, working in partnership with GE Appliances, will test self-driving freight vehicles on U.S. roadways .

Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?
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Self-Driving Big Rigs Are Coming. Is America Ready?

Autonomous trucks that mostly stick to highways could make sense, both technologically and economically, in ways robotaxis have not.

NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid
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NASA Pauses Psyche, a Mission to a Metal-Rich Asteroid

Delays in setting up the spacecraft's navigation software mean the mission may not reach the asteroid until 2029 or 2030, rather than 2026.

Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword
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Pentagon Unveils Plan to Make 'Responsible Military AI' More Than Just a Buzzword

The Pentagon cited supposed threats from China as a key motivator for ramping up "responsible" military applictions for artificial intelligence.

Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season
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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence solutions to help bring them under...

Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App
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Instagram Rolls Out Age Verification, but Not to Keep Children Off App

Photo- and video-sharing platform Instagram has started using age verification tools to prevent account holders under 18 years old from changing their ages to over...

Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords
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Seventy-Five Percent of the World's Top Websites Allow Bad Passwords

Princeton University's Arvind Narayanan and colleagues found 75% of 120 top-ranked English-language websites permit weak passwords.

Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important
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Explained: Why Cyber Hygiene is Very Important

Microsoft India group head and director of government affairs Ashutosh Chadha said cybercrime costs economies more than $6 trillion (Rs. 4.6 crore crore) each year...

How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles
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How Students Are Scrubbing Their Social Media Profiles

A new service for students flags inappropriate or offensive posts on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram so would-be employers can see them in the best possible...

AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans
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AI-Powered Archaeology Draws Out Hidden Evidence of Fire Use by Early Humans

Researchers used artificial intelligence to uncover evidence that ancient humans used fire at least 800,000 years ago at the Evron Quarry archaeological site in...

Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise
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Mega Says It Can't Decrypt Your Files. POC Exploit Shows Otherwise

A new report indicates Mega's file encryption architecture contains fundamental cryptography flaws enabling attackers to launch full key recovery attacks.

Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change
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Hybrid Machine Learning Forecasts Lake Ecosystem Responses to Climate Change

Researchers applied a hybrid empirical dynamic modeling methodology to predict the effects of climate change and phosphorus pollution on Switzerland's Lake Geneva...

Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.
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Do Kwon's Crypto Empire Fell in a $40 Billion Crash. He's Got a New Coin for You.

Luna's relaunch might be the ultimate act of chutzpah by the South Korean entrepreneur.
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