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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?
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Can You Tell Whether This Headline Was Written by a Robot?

Not this time, but artificial intelligence is churning out articles, illustrations, fake product reviews and even videos.

Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence
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Tuvalu Turns to Metaverse as Rising Seas Threaten Existence

The Pacific island-nation of Tuvalu intends to replicate itself in the metaverse, to preserve its history and culture amid threatened submersion by rising sea levels...

Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow
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Deepfake Detector Can Spot Real/Fake Video from Blood Flow

Semiconductor giant Intel claims its FakeCatcher technology can detect whether videos are genuine or deepfakes with 96% accuracy in real time.

NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors
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NFL Expands Partnership with Research Universities to Measure On-Field Head Impacts Using Novel Mouthguard Sensors

The National Football League has expanded its partnership with top research universities to gather data from on-field head impacts to inform injury reduction programs...

Technology Transforms Textiles
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Technology Transforms Textiles

Robotic fabrics sense motion and movements, and adapt accordingly.

Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime
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Italy Outlaws Facial Recognition Tech, Except to Fight Crime

Italy has banned the use of facial recognition technology and "smart glasses," except when used in judicial investigations or the fight against crime.

AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last
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AI Uses Artificial Sleep to Learn New Task without Forgetting the Last

Scientists taught an artificial intelligence a second distinct task without overwriting connections learned from a first task, through the use of simulated sleep...

AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias
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AI Diversity Scoring System Could Help Root Out Algorithmic Bias

Princeton University's Adji Bousso Dieng and Dan Friedman have developed a diversity score for artificial intelligence to help detect bias.

Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites
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Terabit/s Optical Data Link Demonstrated for Satellites

An optical data link was demonstrated over 10km  (more than six miles) of open air in a field experiment in the Netherlands.

App Identifies Parkinson's, COVID-19 Based on User's Voice
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App Identifies Parkinson's, COVID-19 Based on User's Voice

Machine learning algorithms in a smartphone application analyze people's voices to identify those in the early stages of Parkinson's disease or severe COVID-19...

U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation
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U.K. Will Use GPS Fingerprint Scanner to Track People Facing Deportation

The U.K.'s Home Office says it will soon require people facing deportation to carry a global positioning system (GPS)-enabled fingerprint scanner at all times. ...

Hacking the Metaverse
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Hacking the Metaverse

Louisiana State University's Abe Baggili and colleagues tested the security of immersive virtual reality and X-reality systems for weaknesses.

Herzog, Žižek Become AI Bots Trapped in Endless Conversation
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Herzog, Žižek Become AI Bots Trapped in Endless Conversation

The Infinite Conversation website features a nonstop "chat" between artificial intelligence versions of German director Werner Herzog and Slovenian philosopher...

Same Traits, Different Island: Study Highlights Evolution Quirks
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Same Traits, Different Island: Study Highlights Evolution Quirks

Researchers used machine learning to determine why two populations of flycatchers that evolved on different Solomon Islands separately developed all-black plumage...

After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold
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After Election, Cautious Optimism That Few False Narratives Took Hold

Researchers who study disinformation said most efforts to stoke doubt about results had failed to spread widely.

LLNL's SUNDIALS Team Awarded SIAM/ACM Prize
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LLNL's SUNDIALS Team Awarded SIAM/ACM Prize

A team of researchers at the U.S Department of Energy's Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory will receive the 2023 SIAM/ACM Prize in Computational Science and...

The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real
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The Sci-Fi Dream of a 'Molecular Computer' Is Getting More Real

Chemists have long conceptualized tiny machines that could fabricate drugs, plastics, and other polymers that are hard to build with bigger tools.

Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression
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Facebook Reveals Language of Loneliness vs. Depression

Researchers analyzed Facebook posts to differentiate language associated with depression and with loneliness.

Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars
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Researchers Use Lasers to Trick Autonomous Cars

Researchers used a laser to trick autonomous vehicles' LiDAR systems to remove obstacles and pedestrians from view.

Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot
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Manslaughter Case Has a Strange Twist: Tesla That Killed Couple Was on Autopilot

"Who's at fault, man or machine?"
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