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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.
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Meta Agrees to Alter Ad Technology in Settlement with U.S.

Meta agreed to change its advertising technology and to pay a penalty as part of a settlement over allegations it had discriminated against Facebook users.

Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test
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Google Wants to Challenge AI with 200 Tasks, to Replace the Turing Test

Artificial intelligence researchers have proposed an update to the Turing test for rating the capabilities of AI technology.

China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation
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China's Expanding Surveillance State: Takeaways From a New York Times Investigation

Chinese police analyze human behaviors to ensure facial recognition cameras capture as much activity as possible.

Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare
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Using AI to Improve Farm Animal Welfare

Technology helps to interpret what animals are thinking and feeling, from what they utter and how they move.

Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels
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Global Satellite Map Will Help Hunt Down Illegal Fishing Vessels

A new digital map uses satellite radar imagery to identify potential illegal fishing vessels.

3D Scans Reveal Ancient Art in Alabama Cave
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3D Scans Reveal Ancient Art in Alabama Cave

A team of researchers used three-dimensional (3D) photo mapping to find previously hidden ancient etchings in an Alabama cave.

Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution
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Shedding Light on Linguistic Diversity and Its Evolution

Researchers have established a global archive of linguistic data to provide new insights into the evolution of the words and sounds of spoken languages.

Celebrated AI Learned a New Trick: How To Do Chemistry
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Celebrated AI Learned a New Trick: How To Do Chemistry

Just as the order and spacing of the letters in this article give it sense and message, so the order of the amino acids determines the protein's identity and shape...

Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes
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Big Tech to Work with EU to Fight Misinformation, Deepfakes

Although voluntary, breaking the Code after signing up to it risks an even heavier fine than breaching GDPR rules.

Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages
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Robot Can Find Keys in a Bag by Listening as It Rummages

Stanford University researchers trained a microphone-outfitted robotic arm to locate objects like keys in a handbag by listening for telltale sounds while searching...

China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red
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China Bank Protest Stopped by Health Codes Turning Red

Bank depositors in China said a protest in Henan province was halted by authorities using COVID surveillance infrastructure to turn health code applications red...

Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade
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Why You May Have a Thinking Digital Twin Within a Decade

Artificial intelligence combined with the Internet of Things allows the digital construction of digital twins that constantly learn from and help improve their...

FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked
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FDA Warns DNA Sequencing Machines Could Be Hacked

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration warned that certain Illumina DNA-sequencing machines have a software vulnerability that could jeopardize patient data.

You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data
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You Agreed to What? Doctor Check-In Software Harvests Your Health Data

A consent form from Phreesia gives it permission to use your data for marketing.

Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts
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Ukrainians Use 3D Technology to Preserve Cultural Artifacts

Civilians in Ukraine are recording three-dimensional models of artifacts in a permanent digital archive as part of Backup Ukraine, a project to save the country's...

CRISPR-Based Map Ties Every Human Gene to Its Function
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CRISPR-Based Map Ties Every Human Gene to Its Function

A group of researchers have published the first comprehensive functional map of genes expressed in human cells.

How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity
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How One Paper Blew Up Bitcoin's Claim to Anonymity

All individuals transacting in Bitcoin are within six degrees or fewer of separation from a core group, say researchers.

Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey
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Edible QR Code Takes a Shot at Fake Whiskey

Biomedical engineers have developed a quick response (QR) code to confirm whether a whiskey is authentic or counterfeit.

'E-Nose' Sniffs Out Volatile Organic Compounds
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'E-Nose' Sniffs Out Volatile Organic Compounds

Researchers developed an “electric nose” that can detect mixtures of specific volatile organic compounds through porous metal-organic framework films.

Google Developers Set Another Record for Calculating Digits of Pi: 100 Trillion
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Google Developers Set Another Record for Calculating Digits of Pi: 100 Trillion

Software developer Emma Haruka Iwao and colleagues at Google Cloud calculated pi—the ratio of a circle's circumference to its diameter—to 100 trillion digits.
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