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Bengio Urges Canada to Build Public Supercomputer
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Bengio Urges Canada to Build Public Supercomputer

ACM A.M. Turing Award laureate Yoshua Bengio says Canada should make supercomputers available to public entities so they can keep pace with private companies in...

EU Countries Give Crucial Nod to Artificial Intelligence Law
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EU Countries Give Crucial Nod to Artificial Intelligence Law

Ambassadors of the 27 countries of the European Union unanimously approved the world's first comprehensive rulebook for Artificial Intelligence.

Cyberattack Hits Georgia County Where Trump Is Charged
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Cyberattack Hits Georgia County Where Trump Is Charged

Fulton County, GA, experienced a cyberattack over the weekend that affected its court, tax, firearms, and marriage-license systems.

ChatGPT Violated European Privacy Laws, Italy Tells OpenAI
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ChatGPT Violated European Privacy Laws, Italy Tells OpenAI

Italy's data protection authority told OpenAI that its ChatGPT AI chatbot violated the EU General Data Protection Regulation.

Mitigating Urban Climate Change
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Mitigating Urban Climate Change

Making cities greener takes more than just planting trees.

Law Enforcement Braces for Flood of Child Sex Abuse Images Generated by A.I.
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Law Enforcement Braces for Flood of Child Sex Abuse Images Generated by A.I.

Artificial intelligence technology has drastically simplified the creation of images of children being exploited or abused, whether real or fake.

Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program
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Amazon's Ring to Shutter Video-Sharing Program

Amazon's Ring announced law enforcement and government agencies will no longer be allowed to solicit footage from doorbell cameras directly from users through the...

Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications
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Governments Are Spying on Your Push Notifications

Companies are being compelled to turn over potentially valuable push notification metadata to authorities.

iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send Notifications
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iPhone Apps Secretly Harvest Data When They Send Notifications

Security researchers found that some iPhone apps are using notifications to get around Apple's privacy rules governing the collection of user data.

Using VR to Get Inside the Criminal Mind
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Using VR to Get Inside the Criminal Mind

Researchers at Australia's Edith Cowan University are using virtual reality technology to gain insights into decision-making by criminals.

Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis
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Japan Turns to Innovation to Tackle Labor Crisis

Japan, the world's fastest-aging economy, is turning to technologies like AI, avatars, and robots to address labor shortages.

Deepfake Audio of Biden Alarms Experts
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Deepfake Audio of Biden Alarms Experts

A telephone message containing deepfake audio of U.S. President Joe Biden called on New Hampshire voters to avoid yesterday’s Democratic primary and save their...

Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value
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Reddit Mentions May Help Predict Changes in Cryptocurrency Value

University of California, Riverside researchers identified a connection between cryptocurrency prices and the number of Reddit posts mentioning a currency in the...

Susan Landau Awarded AMS Bertrand Russell Prize
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Susan Landau Awarded AMS Bertrand Russell Prize

Landau was awarded the 2024 Bertrand Russell Prize for writing technical research papers and op-eds, publishing public-facing work, briefing policymakers, and participating...

Australia Responds to Rapid Rise of AI
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Australia Responds to Rapid Rise of AI

In response to accelerated use of AI technologies, the Australian government has announced plans to formulate mandatory "safeguards" for the highest-risk AI technologies...

AI Certification Program Verifies Systems Are 'Fairly Trained'
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AI Certification Program Verifies Systems Are 'Fairly Trained'

New system seeks to create a sort of 'organic' or 'fair trade' label for AI.

Google Search Technique Used by Police Draws Legal Challenge
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Google Search Technique Used by Police Draws Legal Challenge

Activists are challenging law enforcement's use of Google search data in solving criminal cases.

Hochul Proposes NY AI Research Center Using $275 Million in State Funds
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Hochul Proposes NY AI Research Center Using $275 Million in State Funds

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul, in a State of the State address on Jan. 9, proposed a consortium that would position the state as a leader in AI development.

Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich
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Bitcoin ETFs Have Arrived. Here's Who Stands to Get Rich

U.S. approval of spot bitcoin ETFs, a new way to track the price of bitcoin, could trigger a gold rush for investors.

The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips
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The Next Front in the U.S.-China Battle Over Chips

A U.S.-born chip technology called RISC-V has become critical to China's ambitions. Washington is debating whether and how to limit the technology.
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