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Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search
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Microsoft Unveils AI-Powered Bing, a New Challenge to Google Search

Microsoft is building AI technology based on the same foundation as ChatGPT into search, Edge, Office, and other products.

The Race to Build a ChatGPT-Powered Search Engine
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The Race to Build a ChatGPT-Powered Search Engine

A search bot you converse with could make finding answers easier — if it doesn't tell fibs. Microsoft, Google, Baidu, and others are working on it.

Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI
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Fact-Checkers Are Scrambling to Fight Disinformation With AI

Bad actors use artificial intelligence to propagate falsehoods and upset elections, but the same tools can be repurposed to defend the truth.

Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice
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Computational Linguistics Finds Its Voice

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

Can AI Demonstrate Creativity?
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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...

Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business
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Chat Bot Is 'Code Red' for Google's Search Business

Google's management issued a "code red" in response to the release of OpenAI's ChatGPT and its potential to disrupt the tech industry, and Google's search business...

Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow
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Russia Is Jamming More GPS Satellite Signals Around Moscow

Russia has accelerated its jamming of GPS satellites around Moscow, apparently to deter long-range strikes by Ukrainian drones, according to GPSJam.

The Impact of Virtual Meetings
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The Impact of Virtual Meetings

Virtual meetings have mixed effects on employee productivity, creativity, and relationships.

Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners
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Competition Makes Big Datasets the Winners

Measurement has driven research groups to home in on the most popular datasets, but that may change as metrics shift to real-world quality.

'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo
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'Privacy Doesn't Matter,' Screams the Microsoft Deal with DuckDuckGo

DuckDuckGo isn't as private as you think, facing criticism over its tracking agreement with Microsoft.

The Open Secret of Google Search
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The Open Secret of Google Search

One of the most-used tools on the Internet is not what it used to be.

Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo
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Fed Up With Google, Conspiracy Theorists Turn to DuckDuckGo

The embrace by some conservative influencers and conspiracy theorists is part of a broader effort to shift people away from Big Tech.

Google's 'CEO' Image Search Gender Bias Hasn't Really Been Fixed
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Google's 'CEO' Image Search Gender Bias Hasn't Really Been Fixed

University of Washington researchers have disproved Google's claims it corrected gender biases for certain job terms in its image search.

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.

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. ...

Solving for Why
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Solving for Why

A focus on causality is promising to help researchers overcome shortcomings that have bedeviled more traditional approaches to artificial intelligence.

Virtual Duplicates
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Virtual Duplicates

Digital twins aim to model reality so we can see how it changes.

Trouble at the Source
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Trouble at the Source

Errors and biases in artificial intelligence systems often reflect the data used to train them.

What Is the Cost of Living Online?
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What Is the Cost of Living Online?

The cost of powering streaming and other rapidly growing online services will not "take down the Internet."

Search Engines Often Return Inaccurate Health Info, Research Says
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Search Engines Often Return Inaccurate Health Info, Research Says

Researchers at Germany's Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg and Russia's Ural Federal University found search engines often return inaccurate health information...
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