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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats
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Rentokil Pilots Facial Recognition System as Way to Exterminate Rats

U.K. pest control services provider Rentokil is testing facial recognition software as a tool for rat extermination.  

Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To
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Decoding Brainwaves to Identify What Music Is Being Listened To

A brainwave-monitoring technique created by researchers at the U.K.'s University of Essex can identify to which specific piece of music people are listening.

Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail
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Faces from Ancient Egypt Coming Back to Life in Extraordinary Detail

Researchers at the U.K.'s Liverpool John Moores University and Egypt's Cairo University used software and a "reverse aging" process to replicate ancient Egyptian...

CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say
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CNET Secretly Used AI on Articles That Didn't Disclose That Fact, Staff Say

"They use AI to rewrite the intros every two weeks or so because Google likes updated content. Eventually it gets so mangled that about every four months a real...

The AI Magic Show
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The AI Magic Show

Explanations about how deep learning and large language models actually work often emphasized incomprehensibility, or a model's explainability or interpretability...

Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs
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Finally, a Fast Algorithm for Shortest Paths on Negative Graphs

Researchers can now find the shortest route through a network nearly as fast as theoretically possible, even when some steps can cancel out others.

ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?
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ChatGPT Stole Your Work. So What Are You Going to Do?

Creators need to pressure the courts, the market, and regulators before it's too late.

Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight
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Google Calls In Help From Larry Page and Sergey Brin for A.I. Fight

A rival chatbot has shaken Google out of its routine, with the founders who left three years ago re-engaging and more than 20 A.I. projects in the works.

Microsoft Announces 10,000 Job Cuts
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Microsoft Announces 10,000 Job Cuts

Microsoft said that its cost-cutting measures will lead to costs of around $1.2 billion in Q2, resulting from severance pay, changes to its hardware portfolio and...

Google Cuts 12,000 Jobs Amid Economic Pressure
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Google Cuts 12,000 Jobs Amid Economic Pressure

Big Tech layoffs continue as Google CEO Sundar Pichai breaks the news in an email to staff.

TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor
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TAU Robot Can 'Smell' Odors Using Biological Sensor

Scientists at Israel's Tel Aviv University have created a biological sensor to help robots detect and interpret odors.

How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech
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How the Netherlands Is Taming Big Tech

Netherlands government and educational institutions have pushed big tech companies to make significant privacy changes by negotiating their compliance with European...

ACM Names 57 Fellows for Contributions That Propel Technology Today
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ACM Names 57 Fellows for Contributions That Propel Technology Today

ACM has named 57 of its members Fellows for their exceptional contributions to fields as diverse as cybersecurity, human-computer interaction, mobile computing,...

Post-Quantum Cryptography
From Communications of the ACM

Post-Quantum Cryptography

Cryptographers seek algorithms quantum computers cannot break.

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
From Communications of the ACM

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

Advances in artificial intelligence permit computers to converse with humans in seemingly realistic ways.

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
From Communications of the ACM

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?

When fed a sufficient amount of training data, artificial intelligence techniques can be used to generate new ideas in several different ways. Is that creativity...

Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy
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Researchers Fix Pandemic Prediction Model, Improving Its Accuracy

North Carolina State University's Mohammad Farazmand and Konstantinos Mamis corrected a flaw in a popular pandemic model, improving the accuracy of its predictions...

Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots
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Is It Human or AI? Tools Help Spot the Bots

Researchers are developing tools that can identify content created by bots like OpenAI's ChatGPT, which generates text that can be difficult to distinguish from...

Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness
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Qubits Are at the Heart of Quantum Computing. They're Also Its Greatest Weakness

Quantum states are incredibly delicate and easily destroyed. The perfect solution could lie in imperfect crystals.

Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies
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Canada Launches National Quantum Strategy to Create Jobs, Advance Quantum Technologies

On Jan. 13, Canadian Minister of Innovation, Science, and Industry François-Philippe Champagne announced Canada's National Quantum Strategy to enhance and expand...
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