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Chatbots May 'Hallucinate' More Often Than Many Realize
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Chatbots May 'Hallucinate' More Often Than Many Realize

When summarizing facts, ChatGPT technology makes things up about 3% of the time, according to research from a new start-up. A Google system's rate was 27%.

As a Teen, She Loved Video Games. Now She's Using A.I. to Try to Quash Malaria
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As a Teen, She Loved Video Games. Now She's Using A.I. to Try to Quash Malaria

In Senegal, Rokhaya Diagne is using artificial intelligence to help the world eradicate malaria by 2030.

Checking for Counterfeit Medication Using a Smartphone
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Checking for Counterfeit Medication Using a Smartphone

The SmartID barcode system developed by researchers at a group of Germany's Fraunhofer research institutes allows users to verify a medical product is genuine using...

As Baby Boomers Retire, German Businesses Turn to Robots
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As Baby Boomers Retire, German Businesses Turn to Robots

As Germany's baby boomers retire, exacerbating the country's labor shortage, many companies are filling job openings with robots.

Gallaudet's Latest Technological Innovation Is a Helmet
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Gallaudet's Latest Technological Innovation Is a Helmet

Hearing-impaired football players could benefit from a prototype helmet that provides visual displays of plays.

Nvidia Piloting a Generative AI for Its Engineers
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Nvidia Piloting a Generative AI for Its Engineers

Nvidia's Bill Dally said the company is testing whether it can increase the productivity of its chip designers using generative artificial intelligence.

Keeping Secrets in a Quantum World
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Keeping Secrets in a Quantum World

Cryptographers are working on data-encryption schemes strong enough to withstand attacks from future quantum computers.

The Beatles' New Song 'Now and Then' Used AI to Lift Out John Lennon's Voice
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The Beatles' New Song 'Now and Then' Used AI to Lift Out John Lennon's Voice

Technology has come a long way since the last time Paul McCartney released new Beatles tracks.

Japan Show Provides Glimpse of Robots as Future of Rescue Efforts
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Japan Show Provides Glimpse of Robots as Future of Rescue Efforts

The Japan Mobility Show highlighted robotic technologies that could help address the nation's aging population and worker shortage.

NASA's Dragonfly Preparing to Fly Through Titan's Atmosphere
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NASA's Dragonfly Preparing to Fly Through Titan's Atmosphere

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration said it conducted tests to prepare its Dragonfly rotorcraft lander to explore Saturn's moon Titan.

Milestone Achieved in New Quantum Computing Architecture
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Milestone Achieved in New Quantum Computing Architecture

Scientists have extended the coherence time for a unique class of quantum bit (qubit) to 0.1 milliseconds, topping the previous record by nearly 1,000-fold.

Sexual Harassment, Gender Bias Against Women in STEM Remains Rife, Study Finds
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Sexual Harassment, Gender Bias Against Women in STEM Remains Rife, Study Finds

Two-thirds of women STEM professionals surveyed report earning less than their male counterparts.

Department of Commerce to Establish U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute to Lead Efforts on AI Safety
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Department of Commerce to Establish U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute to Lead Efforts on AI Safety

The U.S. Artificial Intelligence Safety Institute will support the responsibilities assigned to the Department of Commerce in the executive order President Biden...

NSF Invests $10.9 Million in Development of Safe AI Technologies
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NSF Invests $10.9 Million in Development of Safe AI Technologies

The National Science Foundation said it will invest $10.9 million in research for the development of user-safe artificial intelligence through the Safe Learning...

Making Genetic Prediction Models More Inclusive
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Making Genetic Prediction Models More Inclusive

Computer scientists created a more inclusive, more accurate genetic prediction model by using computational and statistical techniques to study individuals' unique...

Scientists Manipulate Quantum Fluids of Light, Bringing us Closer to Next-Generation Unconventional Computing
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Scientists Manipulate Quantum Fluids of Light, Bringing us Closer to Next-Generation Unconventional Computing

What sets this development apart is the ability to manipulate polariton condensates without relying on the commonly utilized excitation profiles of polaritons. ...

Doctors Wrestle With A.I. in Patient Care, Citing Lax Oversight
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Doctors Wrestle With A.I. in Patient Care, Citing Lax Oversight

The F.D.A. has approved many new programs that use artificial intelligence, but doctors are skeptical that the tools really improve care or are backed by solid...

Closing the Inclusion Gap in Computer Science
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Closing the Inclusion Gap in Computer Science

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University students aim to address the lack of diversity in computer science.

Cybercrime Enablers
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Cybercrime Enablers

Initial Access Brokers sell unauthorized access.

Biden Issues AI Executive Order, Requiring Safety Assessments, Civil Rights Guidance, Research on Labor Market Impact
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Biden Issues AI Executive Order, Requiring Safety Assessments, Civil Rights Guidance, Research on Labor Market Impact

The order builds on voluntary commitments the White House previously secured from leading AI companies and represents the first major binding government action...
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