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Deepfake Democracy: South Korean Candidate Goes Virtual for Votes
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Deepfake Democracy: South Korean Candidate Goes Virtual for Votes

South Korean researchers used artificial intelligence technology to create what is believed to be the world's first official deepfake political candidate.

Computer Models Show How Crop Production Increases Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions
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Computer Models Show How Crop Production Increases Soil Nitrous Oxide Emissions

Scientists used computer models to determine the growth of emissions of greenhouse gas nitrous oxide over the last century by U.S. crop production.

A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come
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A Source of Security Challenges for Years to Come

Cybersecurity experts agree the recently uncovered Log4Shell software vulnerability is the most dangerous on record.

Is Firefox Okay?
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Is Firefox Okay?

Mozilla's privacy-heavy browser is flatlining. What it does next is crucial for the future of the web.

Economists Are Revising Their Views on Robots and Jobs
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Economists Are Revising Their Views on Robots and Jobs

There is little evidence of a pandemic-induced surge in automation.

Genetic Database to Identify Missing Persons in El Salvador
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Genetic Database to Identify Missing Persons in El Salvador

A new genetic database was created to identify people who went missing or were adopted illegally during the 1980-1992 war in El Salvador.

Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ
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Sony AI Drives Race Car Like a Champ

Researchers say their GT Sophy is the first artificial intelligence able to beat professional esports players in the motorsport game Gran Turismo.

Technique Smooths Path for 'Federated Learning' AI Training in Wireless Devices
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Technique Smooths Path for 'Federated Learning' AI Training in Wireless Devices

A new technique allows the use of federated learning to train artificial intelligence  systems on wireless devices.

Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion
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Google Chrome—Emergency Security Update For 3.2 Billion

Google routinely restricts in-depth information until a majority of users have had the chance to apply the update, which will be rolled out in the near future. ...

Zuckerberg's Metaverse Will Require Computing Tech No One Knows How to Build
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Zuckerberg's Metaverse Will Require Computing Tech No One Knows How to Build

To achieve what metaverse boosters promise, experts believe nearly every kind of chip will have to be an order of magnitude more powerful than it is today.

Trying On Smart Clothes
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Trying On Smart Clothes

Smart clothing is coming into fashion.

Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info
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Hackers Rigged Hundreds of Ecommerce Sites to Steal Payment Info

The attackers exploited a known vulnerability and installed credit card skimmers on more than 500 websites.

Computer Model Shows Best Ways to Slow the Spread of COVID-19
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Computer Model Shows Best Ways to Slow the Spread of COVID-19

A new computational model is the first to simulate numerous variables impacting COVID-19 transmission, in an effort to slow the spread of variants.

Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say
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Secret CIA Bulk Surveillance Program Includes Some Americans' Records, Senators Say

The lawmakers called for the immediate declassification of details about the surveillance program and what data was collected.

'Full Self-Driving' Clips Show Teslas on Train Tracks and Fighting for Control
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'Full Self-Driving' Clips Show Teslas on Train Tracks and Fighting for Control

The Washington Post verified Full Self-Driving footage posted by beta testers and had it reviewed by a panel of experts.

AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach
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AI System Rapidly Predicts How Two Proteins Will Attach

An artificial intelligence model can forecast the binding configuration of two proteins.

Getting Better Performance From Brains, Computers
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Getting Better Performance From Brains, Computers

Tufts University researchers have proposed two methods for boosting the efficiency of brain and computational performance.

Exploring the Strategies of Categorization
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Exploring the Strategies of Categorization

A novel methodology using pigeons has uncovered universal principles in categorization learning.

Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.
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Satellite Images Show Biggest Methane Leaks Come From Russia, U.S.

A multinational team determined that methane "ultra-emitter" sites account for about a tenth of the oil and gas industry's global methane emissions.

Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly
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Where a Thousand Digital Eyes Keep Watch Over the Elderly

Over 1,000 sensors line the streets of the Itami suburb of Osaka, Japan, as part of an effort to track elderly people with dementia.
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