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Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests
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Cheating Fears Over Chatbots Were Overblown, New Research Suggests

A.I. tools like ChatGPT did not boost the frequency of cheating in high schools, Stanford researchers say.

NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'
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NOAA's Older Earth-Watching Satellites Get 'Extended Life'

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will use a cloud-based system to extend the life of polar-orbiting satellites slated for decommissioning.

AI Turns Thoughts into Text
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AI Turns Thoughts into Text

A portable, non-invasive system can transform an individual's thoughts into text.

Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh
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Resurrecting Vincent van Gogh

At the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, a replica of Vincent van Gogh chats with visitors, offering insights into his life and death.

AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It
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AI Companion Robot Helps Some Seniors Fight Loneliness, but Others Hate It

There's limited evidence for health benefits so far; early work suggests no one-size-fits-all.

Judges Given the OK to Use ChatGPT in Legal Rulings
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Judges Given the OK to Use ChatGPT in Legal Rulings

The U.K. now permits judges to use the "jolly useful" artificial intelligence chatbot in court.

New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research
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New York Plans to Invest $1 Billion to Expand Chip Research

The move is aimed at drawing $9 billion in corporate investment, as New York jockeys to host a new national semiconductor technology center.

Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections
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Wearable Data Predicted COVID Infections

Is convergence near for consumer and medical wearables?

Helping Autonomous Vehicles Make Moral Decisions by Ditching the Trolley Problem
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Helping Autonomous Vehicles Make Moral Decisions by Ditching the Trolley Problem

North Carolina State University researchers are working to collect more realistic data on moral challenges in low-stakes traffic situations.

Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?
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Medical AI Tools Can Make Dangerous Mistakes. Can the Government Help Prevent Them?

The Biden administration has proposed a labeling system for artificial intelligence healthcare apps that aims to ensure their safety.

Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently
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Robot Eel Reveals How the Fish Swim So Efficiently

Researchers at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology Lausanne have developed a waterproof, eel-like robot that can undulate in several different patterns.

Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws
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Jury Finds Google's App Store Broke Anti-Monopoly Laws

In a landmark decision, Epic Games won its lawsuit against the search giant.

Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga
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Apple's iMessage Block of Beeper Mini Just Part of Bigger Blue/Green Bubble Saga

Apple takes preventative measures to protect its customers. Beeper claims Apple's latest move does just the opposite.

The Year A.I. Ate the Internet
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The Year A.I. Ate the Internet

Call 2023 the year many of us learned to communicate, create, cheat, and collaborate with robots.

VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research
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VR Goggles for Mice Create Immersive Scenarios for Brain Research

Northwestern University researchers developed virtual reality goggles for mice.

Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber
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Engineers Design Robotic Replica of the Heart's Right Chamber

Engineers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have created a robotic replica of the heart’s right ventricle.

Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time
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Quantum-Computing Approach Uses Single Molecules as Qubits for First Time

Two teams of researchers made pairs of calcium monofluoride molecules interact to become entangled, a necessity for quantum computers to perform algorithms.

This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go
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This A.I. Subculture's Motto: Go, Go, Go

The eccentric pro-tech movement known as "Effective Accelerationism" wants to unshackle powerful A.I., and party along the way.

E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules
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E.U. Agrees on Landmark Artificial Intelligence Rules

The agreement over the A.I. Act solidifies one of the world's first comprehensive attempts to limit the use of artificial intelligence.

U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years
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U.K. Says Russia Has Targeted Lawmakers and Others in Cyberattacks for Years

The government said a group linked to Russia's intelligence service carried out sustained operations to undermine trust in Britain's political system.
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