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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.

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.

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.

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.

Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year
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Bitcoin Mining Used More Water Than New York City Last Year

A study found that water use by bitcoin miners hit 591 billion gallons so far this year, up from 415 billion gallons in 2021.

AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks
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AI Networks Vulnerable to Attacks

Tianfu Wu at North Carolina State University and colleagues developed the QuadAttacK software to test deep neural networks for adversarial vulnerabilities.

Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic
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Bots, Fraud Farms Responsible for 73% of Web Traffic

Arkose Labs reported malicious attacks by bots and human fraud farms accounted for 73% of all Web and app traffic in the third quarter of 2023.

How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms
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How Nations Are Losing a Global Race to Tackle A.I.'s Harms

Alarmed by the power of artificial intelligence, Europe, the U.S. and others are trying to respond, but the technology is evolving more rapidly than their policies...

Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture
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Cybersecurity Protects Food, Agriculture

Protecting the U.S. food supply from cyberattack.

Camera Stops Deepfakes at the Shutter
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Camera Stops Deepfakes at the Shutter

Built-in content credentials verifies photos' authenticity.

New York City Takes Aim at AI
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New York City Takes Aim at AI

The Big Apple fields an action plan for artificial intelligence.

Canadian Government Reaches Deal with Google on Online News Act
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Canadian Government Reaches Deal with Google on Online News Act

The agreement comes three weeks before the Online News Act rules come into force.

A New Front Is Opening in the U.S.-China Chip Conflict
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A New Front Is Opening in the U.S.-China Chip Conflict

The ongoing conflict between the U.S. and China over semiconductor chip production is expected to ramp up as the U.S. seeks a competitive edge in advanced packaging...

Drones with Defibrillators Are Saving Lives
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Drones with Defibrillators Are Saving Lives

Researchers found drones with automated external defibrillators arrived at the scene of a suspected cardiac arrest more than 3 minutes before ambulances in 67%...

Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in Windows Hello Implementations
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Researchers Find Vulnerabilities in Windows Hello Implementations

Researchers found vulnerabilities in several laptop makers’ implementations of Windows Hello, the biometric login feature built into Windows.

Lawsuit Claims Meta Designed Instagram, Facebook to Hook Kids
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Lawsuit Claims Meta Designed Instagram, Facebook to Hook Kids

Meta said in a statement the complaint misrepresents its work over the past decade to make the online experience safe for teens, noting it has "over 30 tools to...

The AI Safety Debate is Tearing Silicon Valley Apart
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The AI Safety Debate is Tearing Silicon Valley Apart

OpenAI's leadership drama is the latest flare-up in the raging debate between AI's safety-first technocrats and its libertarian techno-optimists.

Hackers Are Exploiting a Flaw in Citrix Software Despite Fix
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Hackers Are Exploiting a Flaw in Citrix Software Despite Fix

Citrix Bleed, a critical flaw in Citrix Systems software, is being exploited by government-backed hackers and critical groups.
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