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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate
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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.

Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up
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Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up

Scientists in the U.S. and China have adopted a vertical framework to produce high-performance organic electrochemical transistors.

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.

AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam
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AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam

Two papers show that large language models, including ChatGPT, can pass the USMLE.

Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group
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Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group

The DOJ said it stopped victims, including hospitals, schools and infrastructure operators worldwide, from paying $130 million in ransom.

Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation
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Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation

Researchers at NewsGuard, which monitors and studies online misinformation, found that OpenAI's online chatbot ChatGPT can be used to generate propaganda and misinformation...

Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations
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Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations

Researchers have developed a technique for assigning workplaces to individuals in synthetic populations.

Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms
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Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms

Data allegedly from ODIN Intelligence illuminates its software and customers. The company says it's working with law enforcement to investigate.

U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks
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U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

IARPA scientists are taking up the nascent field of cyber psychology to predict and counter hacker behavior.

Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs
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Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs

To power the 3D-printed, multiplexing system, just shine light on it.

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.

This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells
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This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells

Google Research spinout Osmo wants to find substitutes for hard-to-source aromas. The tech could inspire new perfumes—and help combat mosquito-borne diseases.

Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute
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Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute

Human artists and artificial intelligence companies are disputing generative AI-intellectual property in a landmark legal case.

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...

Researchers Create Portal of Weird, Wonderful Fish Sounds
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Researchers Create Portal of Weird, Wonderful Fish Sounds

Researchers developed an online portal of fish sound information and a catalogue of recordings, featuring data on 989 fish species found to produce active sounds...

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...

NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Candidate Cracked
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NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Candidate Cracked

It took researchers in Belgium just an hour to crack the SIKE cryptographic algorithm.

Microsoft Invests $10 Billion in ChatGPT Maker OpenAI
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Microsoft Invests $10 Billion in ChatGPT Maker OpenAI

The deal will give a boost to Microsoft's Azure cloud, while providing OpenAI with additional specially designed supercomputers to run its complex AI models and...

Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative
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Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative

ChatGPT and similar AI systems are being used in realms beyond education, but classrooms seem to be where fears about the bot's misuse — and ideas to adapt alongside...
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