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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....

Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer
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Physicists Observe Wormhole Dynamics Using Quantum Computer

Physicists created a quantum experiment to study the dynamics of a specific type of theoretical wormhole that can predict quantum gravity.

We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton
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We Will See a Completely New Type of Computer, Says AI Pioneer Hinton

ACM A.M. Turing award recipient Geoffrey Hinton envisions a "mortal" neuromorphic computer combining hardware and software.

Hundreds of Scam Predatory Loan Platforms Found on App Stores
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Hundreds of Scam Predatory Loan Platforms Found on App Stores

App store comment sections were overrun with users saying they were hit with hidden fees, high interest rates, and predatory repayment terms after they signed up...

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. ...

China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests
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China Clamps Down on Internet as It Seeks to Stamp Out Covid Protests

Online regulators tell big tech companies to expand censorship of information on demonstrations and take steps to curb the virtual private networks used to bypass...

New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x
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New AI Speeds Computer Graphics by Up to 5x

Neural rendering harnesses machine learning to paint pixels.

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.

Scientists Use Quantum Computing to Create Glass that Cuts the Need for AC by a Third
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Scientists Use Quantum Computing to Create Glass that Cuts the Need for AC by a Third

Quantum computing, machine learning, and contact lens polymers combined to dramatically reduce energy costs.

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.

AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray
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AI Predicts Future Heart Disease Risk Using Single Chest X-Ray

Weiss said additional research is necessary to validate the deep learning model, which could ultimately serve as a decision-support tool for treating physicians...

Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer
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Physicists Create a Wormhole Using a Quantum Computer

Exploring the possibility that space-time somehow emerges from quantum information.

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.

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...
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