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ChatGPT Leans Liberal
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ChatGPT Leans Liberal

Research by scientists at the U.K.'s University of East Anglia suggests OpenAI's ChatGPT has a liberal slant.

Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice
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Google Tests AI Assistant That Offers Life Advice

Google is testing generative artificial intelligence technology programmed to serve as a life coach.

Superconducting Device Could Dramatically Cut Energy Use in Computing, Other Applications
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Superconducting Device Could Dramatically Cut Energy Use in Computing, Other Applications

A simple superconducting device developed by MIT researchers could help achieve significant reductions in energy usage by high-power computing systems and potentially...

ChatGPT Answers More than Half of Software Engineering Questions Incorrectly
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ChatGPT Answers More than Half of Software Engineering Questions Incorrectly

ChatGPT answered 52% of 517 Stack Overflow questions incorrectly, and 77% of answers were unnecessarily wordy, according to a study by Purdue University researchers...

VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers
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VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers

Computer scientists found hackers can translate the movements of virtual and augmented reality headset users into words using spyware and artificial intelligence...

From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?
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From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?

Physicists are using quantum computers to conjure exotic phenomena and claiming their creations are truly real.

Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'
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Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'

Officials said construction of the "world's most sophisticated roadway" on Interstate 94 in Wayne County, MI, has begun.

Glasgow University Spinout Raises $43 Million to 'Digitize Chemistry'
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Glasgow University Spinout Raises $43 Million to 'Digitize Chemistry'

Chemify, which was spun out of the U.K.'s Glasgow University in 2022, has received $43 million in funding to further its efforts to "digitize chemistry."

Building Better Models Starts with Reexamining Metrics
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Building Better Models Starts with Reexamining Metrics

Researchers emphasized the importance of measuring the performance of generative artificial intelligence models in order to improve them.

Amazon Isn't Prepared for Incoming Tide of AI-Authored Books. Jane Friedman Has Proof
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Amazon Isn't Prepared for Incoming Tide of AI-Authored Books. Jane Friedman Has Proof

Book scams are proliferating in the advent of AI-generated content

Researchers Create Screen Protection System to Fend Off Shoulder Surfers
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Researchers Create Screen Protection System to Fend Off Shoulder Surfers

Eye-Shield uses an innovative pixelation scheme to obscure device screens when viewed from a distance, safeguarding against shoulder surfing attacks.

'It's Already Way Beyond What Humans Can Do': Will AI Wipe Out Architects?
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'It's Already Way Beyond What Humans Can Do': Will AI Wipe Out Architects?

It's revolutionizing building – but could AI kill off an entire profession?

'Downfall' Flaw Exposes Valuable Data in Generations of Intel Chips
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'Downfall' Flaw Exposes Valuable Data in Generations of Intel Chips

 The vulnerability could allow attackers to take advantage of an information leak to steal sensitive details like private messages, passwords, and encryption keys...

China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology
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China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules governing the use of facial recognition technology amid public concerns about its overuse.

Cyberattack on U.K.'s Electoral Registers Revealed
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Cyberattack on U.K.'s Electoral Registers Revealed

The U.K.'s Electoral Commission disclosed a "complex cyberattack" in which "hostile actors" accessed copies of electoral registers from August 2021.

LK-99 Confirmed Not To Be A Room-Temperature Superconductor
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LK-99 Confirmed Not To Be A Room-Temperature Superconductor

There is no point in resisting the data.

Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI
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Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI

Zoom also said that "notwithstanding" the uses outlined in its rules, it "will not use audio, video or chat Customer Content" to train AI without consent

LK-99 Superconductor: Maybe a Breakthrough, Maybe Just New Hope
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LK-99 Superconductor: Maybe a Breakthrough, Maybe Just New Hope

Experts push back against extraordinary claims of a room-temperature superconductor. But even a flop could open up new materials research pathways.

Unsupervised, Online Exams Provide Valid Assessments
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Unsupervised, Online Exams Provide Valid Assessments

Iowa State University's Jason Chan and Dahwi Ahn found students' online, unsupervised exam scores largely corresponded to those of in-person, proctored exams.

FAA Approves Largest Uncrewed Aircraft System in the U.S.
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FAA Approves Largest Uncrewed Aircraft System in the U.S.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved electric aircraft startup Pykathe 's commercial operation of its autonomous crop sprayers in the U.S.
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