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Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient
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Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient

Despite an uncertain outlook, corporations plan to continue investing in their digital projects — a source of stability for the economy.

Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI
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Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI

Microsoft has implemented significant restrictions on Bing AI to crack down on its peculiar and sometimes unsettling outputs.

Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."

How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language
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How Rust Went from a Side Project to the World's Most-Loved Programming Language

For decades, coders wrote critical systems in C and C++. Now they turn to Rust.

Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal
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Hyundai, Kia Roll Out Software Patch That Makes Cars Harder to Steal

South Korean automakers Hyundai and Kia have issued a free software patch to owners of 8.3 million 2015-2019 models in order to thwart car thieves.

North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders
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North American Companies Notch Another Record Year for Robot Orders

The Association for Advanced Automation reports slightly more than 44,100 robots were ordered by North American companies, mainly in the U.S., last year, up 11%...

Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation
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Brain-Computer Interface Companies Wary of Regulation

Executives of brain-computer interface developers warned of excessive government regulation.

German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing
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German Constitutional Court Strikes Down Predictive Algorithms for Policing

The systems were deemed unconstitutional as they violated the right to informational self-determination.

Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails
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Microsoft's AI Chatbot is Going Off the Rails

Big Tech is heralding chatbots as the next frontier. Why did Microsoft's start accosting its users?

3D-Printed Organs May Soon Be a Reality
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3D-Printed Organs May Soon Be a Reality

Progress is being made in the development of three-dimensionally-bioprinted organs, with Tal Dvir at Israel's Tel Aviv University anticipating transplantation-viable...

The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology
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The Whale Prosthetics Blaze Trails with Technology

Makeup artist Adrien Morot used digital sculpting and three-dimensional printing to transform actor Brendan Fraser into the 600-pound protagonist of the movie The...

Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls
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Software Gives Police Real-Time Access to 911 Calls

California-based HigherGround's Live911 software allows police to access 911 emergency calls in real time, reducing their response time.

Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'
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Tesla Recalls All 362,758 Vehicles with Full Self-Driving Beta because It 'May Cause Crashes'

The recall notice applies to certain 2016-2023 Model S, Model X, 2017-2023 Model 3, and 2020-2023 Model Y vehicles.

'Spider-Man' Robot Can Climb Walls, Cling to Ceilings
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'Spider-Man' Robot Can Climb Walls, Cling to Ceilings

Researchers at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science & Technology have developed a quadrupedal robot able to climb metal walls and walk across metal ceilings....

U.K. Government Sets Up Dedicated Department for Science, Technology
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U.K. Government Sets Up Dedicated Department for Science, Technology

U.K. Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced the creation of the new cabinet-level department.

Love Bytes
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Love Bytes

Georgia State University researchers are exposing how scammers exploit dating applications to defraud victims.

U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter
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U.S. Air Force Successfully Tests AI-Controlled Jet Fighter

The U.S. Air Force said the X-62A VISTA (Variable Stability In-Flight Simulator Test Aircraft) autonomous jet fighter had 17 hours of flight testing.

Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.
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Carmakers Are Pushing Autonomous Tech. This Engineer Wants Limits.

Missy Cummings, who spent more than a year at the federal auto safety agency, said that drivers were putting too much trust in systems like Tesla's Autopilot and...

Ears on AI and Data
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Ears on AI and Data

A round-up of podcasts focused on artificial intelligence and/or data.

Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI
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Audiobook Narrators Fear Apple Used Their Voices to Train AI

After a backlash, Spotify paused an arrangement that allowed Apple to train machine learning models on some audiobook files.
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