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January 2023


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AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam

AI Passes U.S. Medical Licensing Exam

Two papers show that large language models, including ChatGPT, can pass the USMLE.


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Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up

Stacking Turns Organic Transistors Up

Scientists in the U.S. and China have adopted a vertical framework to produce high-performance organic electrochemical transistors.


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Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Tennessee High School Students Build Robotic Hand for Classmate

Students at Henderson high school in Tennessee constructed a robotic hand for classmate Sergio Peralta, whose right hand was not fully formed.


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ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems

ACM TechBrief: Policies Needed for Safer Algorithmic Systems

A TechBrief released by ACM's global Technology Policy Council warns the spread of algorithmic systems carries with it unaddressed risks.


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Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group

Department of Justice Takes Down Hive, a Major Ransomware Group

The DOJ said it stopped victims, including hospitals, schools and infrastructure operators worldwide, from paying $130 million in ransom.


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Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

Startup's Plans for Robot Lawyer Nixed After CEO Threatened With Jail

"...it seems likely they will put me in jail for 6 months if I follow through with bringing a robot lawyer into a physical courtroom."


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RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says

RSA's Demise from Quantum Attacks is Very Much Exaggerated, Expert Says

Simson Garfinkel says the focus on quantum attacks may distract us from more immediate threats.


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Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation

Learning to Lie: AI Tools Adept at Creating Disinformation

Researchers at NewsGuard, which monitors and studies online misinformation, found that OpenAI's online chatbot ChatGPT can be used to generate propaganda and misinformation.


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An Unprecedented Look at Colorectal Cancer

An Unprecedented Look at Colorectal Cancer

Researchers at Harvard Medical School created large-scale two-dimensional and three-dimensional spatial maps of colorectal cancer that layer molecular information on top of histological features.


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Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations

Assigning Workplaces in Synthetic Populations

Researchers have developed a technique for assigning workplaces to individuals in synthetic populations.


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Color Images from the Shadow of a Sample

Color Images from the Shadow of a Sample

Researchers at Göttingen University have developed a new method for X-ray color imaging.


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Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms

Leaked Police Files Offer Clues on How Cops Use Data Firms

Data allegedly from ODIN Intelligence illuminates its software and customers. The company says it's working with law enforcement to investigate.


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U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

U.S. Intelligence Wants to Use Psychology to Avert Cyberattacks

IARPA scientists are taking up the nascent field of cyber psychology to predict and counter hacker behavior.


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Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs

Optical AI Could Feed Voracious Data Needs

To power the 3D-printed, multiplexing system, just shine light on it.


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What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?

What Caused Wednesday Morning's Microsoft Outage?

Service was impacted in the Americas, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East, and Africa, however, China was unaffected, per CNN.


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This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells

This Startup Is Using AI to Unearth New Smells

Google Research spinout Osmo wants to find substitutes for hard-to-source aromas. The tech could inspire new perfumes—and help combat mosquito-borne diseases.


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Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement

Muscle-Powered Robots Have Freedom of Movement

Researchers collaborated on the construction of remote-controlled electronic biological robots powered by organic muscles.


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Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute

Art, AI Collide in Landmark Legal Dispute

Human artists and artificial intelligence companies are disputing generative AI-intellectual property in a landmark legal case.


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LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances

LG, Whirlpool Target Customers Disconnected from 'Smart' Appliances

Appliance manufacturers LG Electronics and Whirlpool are trying to entice customers whose "smart" appliances are not connected to the Internet to embrace the technology.


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Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies

Justice Department Sues Google for Monopolizing Digital Advertising Technologies

Justice Department accuses Google of subverting competition in Internet advertising technologies through serial acquisitions and anticompetitive auction manipulation.


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Researchers Create Portal of Weird, Wonderful Fish Sounds

Researchers Create Portal of Weird, Wonderful Fish Sounds

Researchers developed an online portal of fish sound information and a catalogue of recordings, featuring data on 989 fish species found to produce active sounds.


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Viral ChatGPT Spurs Concerns About Propaganda, Hacking Risks

Viral ChatGPT Spurs Concerns About Propaganda, Hacking Risks

Researchers at Georgetown University, OpenAI, and the Stanford Internet Observatory issued a report warning about the potential misuse of OpenAI's ChatGPT chatbot by propagandists.


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Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw

Hundreds of MSI Motherboards Have a Serious Security Flaw

Polish security researcher Dawid Potocki discovered a vulnerability in MSI's motherboards that occurs when the Secure Boot default settings for "Image Execution Policy" are changed to "Always Execute." 


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NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Candidate Cracked

NIST Post-Quantum Cryptography Candidate Cracked

It took researchers in Belgium just an hour to crack the SIKE cryptographic algorithm.


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Microsoft Invests $10 Billion in ChatGPT Maker OpenAI

Microsoft Invests $10 Billion in ChatGPT Maker OpenAI

The deal will give a boost to Microsoft's Azure cloud, while providing OpenAI with additional specially designed supercomputers to run its complex AI models and fuel its research.


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Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative

Teaching In The Age Of AI Means Getting Creative

ChatGPT and similar AI systems are being used in realms beyond education, but classrooms seem to be where fears about the bot's misuse — and ideas to adapt alongside evolving technology — are playing out first.


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Swedish Quantum Computer to be Made Available to Industry

Swedish Quantum Computer to be Made Available to Industry

A Swedish quantum computer is to become more widely available.


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Meta Board Trashes Facebook's 'Convoluted and Poorly Defined' Female Nipple Rule

Meta Board Trashes Facebook's 'Convoluted and Poorly Defined' Female Nipple Rule

Facebook's rules, the board acknowledged, are "extensive and confusing" and "often convoluted and poorly defined," requiring bizarre, subjective content moderation assessments.


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

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 editor has to look at it and rewrite it."


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The AI Magic Show

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, or lack thereof

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