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Apps Aim to Douse Social Media Dumpster Fire
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Apps Aim to Douse Social Media Dumpster Fire

New social apps are being introduced that promote a more positive online environment.

Google Unveils Bard, Its ChatGPT Rival for AI-Powered Conversation
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Google Unveils Bard, Its ChatGPT Rival for AI-Powered Conversation

With a Microsoft event expected to center on ChatGPT expected today, the AI chatbot war is heating up.

Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights
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Virtual Birkin Bags on Trial in Hermès Case Testing IP Rights

French luxury brand Hermès is suing digital artist Mason Rothchild in a New York court to prevent him from selling nonfungible tokens (NFTs) of its Birkin handbags...

Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma
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Smart Contact Lens Diagnoses, Treats Glaucoma

A smart contact lens can monitor intraocular pressure (IOP) in glaucoma patients and deliver medications in response to IOP levels.

AI Bot ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments
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AI Bot ChatGPT Needs Some Help With Math Assignments

Large language models supply grammatically correct answers but struggle with calculations.

AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch
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AI Has Designed Bacteria-Killing Proteins from Scratch

A multi-institutional team of California researchers engineered an artificial intelligence to design bacteria-destroying proteins that actually worked.

ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push
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ML Approach May Aid Water Conservation Push

Researchers used survey data from 3,000 residents of Phoenix, Las Vegas, and Denver to determine which are likely to alter their behaviors to conserve water in...

Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics
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Technology Developed to Support Recovering Alcoholics

Technology that measures the presence of alcohol in digital images could help recovering alcoholics evaluate their exposure to alcohol marketing on social media...

Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports
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Judge Denies U.S. Bid To Block Meta Virtual Reality Deal: Reports

"The court's ruling in the Meta/Within case is consistent with decades of legal precedent," said Matt Schruers, president of the Computer and Communications Industry...

 IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf
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IEEE Medal of Honor Goes to Vint Cerf

He codesigned the Internet protocol and transmission control protocol.

Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans
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Virtual Exam Case Primes Privacy Fight Over College Room Scans

Cleveland State University asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit to review a district court ruling that "room scans" by exam proctoring software...

Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft
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Israelis, Germans Bring Yad Vashem Museum to Minecraft

Israeli engineers and German gamers partnered to build an accurate virtual model of Jerusalem's Yad Vashem Museum and an educational exhibition in the online gameworld...

Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea
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Will the Metaverse Be Entertaining? Ask South Korea

South Korea's entertainment industry is producing virtual content as a gateway into the metaverse.

ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems
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ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems

A TechBrief released by ACM's global Technology Policy Council warns the spread of algorithmic systems carries with it unaddressed risks.

What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?
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What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?

Service was impacted in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, however, China was unaffected, per CNN.

Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement
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Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement

Researchers collaborated on the construction of remote-controlled electronic biological robots powered by organic muscles.

LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances
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LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances

Appliance manufacturers LG Electronics and Whirlpool are trying to entice customers whose "smart" appliances are not connected to the Internet to embrace the technology...

Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies
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Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies

Justice Department accuses Google of subverting competition in Internet advertising technologies through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation...

Viral ChatGPT Spurs Concerns About Propaganda, Hacking Risks
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Viral ChatGPT Spurs Concerns About Propaganda, Hacking Risks

Researchers at Georgetown University, OpenAI, and the Stanford Internet Observatory issued a report warning about the potential misuse of OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot...

Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw
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Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw

Polish security researcher Dawid Potocki discovered a vulnerability in MSI's motherboards that occurs when the Secure Boot default settings for "Image Execution...
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