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Why Researchers Are Teaching AI to Play Minecraft
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Why Researchers Are Teaching AI to Play Minecraft

OpenAI has developed a Minecraft-playing bot that can build pixelated tools and buildings in the game via a combination of imitation and reinforcement learning....

How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.
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How the Collapse of Sam Bankman-Fried's Crypto Empire Has Disrupted A.I.

Bankman-Fried and his colleagues spent more than $530 million to battle what they saw as the dangers of artificial intelligence. Now those efforts are reeling. ...

Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning
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Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning

Twitter's defense of its legal immunity and ability to moderate comes as its new owner, Elon Musk, has been rapidly shifting the platform's content policy.

E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules
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E.U. Warns Musk To Beef Up Twitter Controls Ahead Of New Rules

Musk has signaled an interest in rolling back many of Twitter's previous rules meant to combat misinformation.

Musk Says 'Misunderstanding' With Apple Is Resolved
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Musk Says 'Misunderstanding' With Apple Is Resolved

Musk, who had said the company was trying to sabotage Twitter, met with Apple's chief executive, Tim Cook, on Wednesday.

Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing
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Breaking the Scaling Limits of Analog Computing

New technique could diminish errors that hamper the performance of super-fast analog optical neural networks.

Websites Have Way More Trackers Now
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Websites Have Way More Trackers Now

Analysts at NordVPN found the average website has 48 trackers monitoring visitors' activity and recording their private data.

San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill
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San Francisco Will Allow Police to Deploy Robots That Kill

San Francisco's Board of Supervisors voted to grant city police the option to deploy potentially lethal robots in emergency situations.

Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code
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Programming Tool Turns Handwriting into Computer Code

A team of Cornell University researchers created the Notate interface to translate handwriting and sketches into computer code.

SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials
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SBOM: An Up-Close Look at a Software Bill of Materials

A software bill of materials lists the "ingredients" in a software product, making it easier to identify and avoid security risks.

Cybercriminals Cashing In on FIFA World Cup-Themed Cyberattacks
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Cybercriminals Cashing In on FIFA World Cup-Themed Cyberattacks

"Companies that are FIFA sponsors should bolster their security mechanisms and stay up to date on threat actors' tactics and techniques," said a CloudSEK researcher...

How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s
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How a Cyberattack Plunged a Long Island County Into the 1990s

Suffolk County officials had to return to the days of paper checks and faxes after an episode that exposed government weaknesses.

Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True
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Apple Says Your iPhone's Usage Data is Anonymous, but Tests Say That's Not True

Researchers found Apple is collecting personally identifiable information from iPhones, despite the company’s promises that the devices' usage data is anonymous...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

Self-driving eighteen-wheelers are on U.S. highways, but there are still human "safety drivers" behind the wheel. What will it take to get them out?

Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built
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Lawsuit Takes Aim at the Way A.I. Is Built

A programmer is suing Microsoft, GitHub, and OpenAI over artificial intelligence technology that generates its own computer code.

Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'
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Meet the 'Smartest Office Building in the World'

The 31-story JTC Summit smart office building in Singapore incorporates a network of approximately 60,000 sensors to collect data from various building systems....

Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country
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Online Advertising Estimated to Use as Much Energy as a Small Country

Researchers have developed a system that can calculate energy consumption related to online advertising.

Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets
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Self-Driving Robot Patrols Seoul Streets

South Korea has launched its first autonomous urban patrol robot, which patrols the streets of Seoul monitoring in search of dangerous situations.

Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot
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Meet Your New Corporate Office Mate: A 'Brainless' Robot

Naver, a South Korean Internet firm, is trying to introduce robots into the world of cubicles and conference rooms without making employees uncomfortable.

Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts
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Experimental Wearable Pops Its Top to Send Drowning Alerts

An experimental device under development by scientists at Australia's Macquarie University is designed to alert lifeguards when its wearer is drowning.
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