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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance
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Huge Data Leak Shatters the Lie that the Innocent Need Not Fear Surveillance

The Guardian's investigation shows how repressive regimes can buy and use the kind of spying tools Edward Snowden warned us about.

Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out
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Blood Test That Finds 50 Types of Cancer Accurate Enough to Be Rolled Out

Researchers found that a blood test developed using a machine learning algorithm is accurate in detecting more than 50 types of cancer.

Robot Rock: Can Big Tech Pick Pop's Next Megastar?
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Robot Rock: Can Big Tech Pick Pop's Next Megastar?

Faced with so much new music, major labels are using algorithms to hunt down tomorrow's hits. Is this great news for rising stars – or the recipe for a bland new...

Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'
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Scientists May Have Solved Ancient Mystery of 'First Computer'

Researchers claim breakthrough in study of 2,000-year-old Antikythera mechanism, an astronomical calculator found in sea

Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'
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Electricity Needed to Mine Bitcoin is More Than Used by 'Entire Countries'

The Cambridge Bitcoin Electricity Consumption Index estimated the electricity used to mine bitcoins last year equaled the annual carbon footprint of Argentina. ...

Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin
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Drones Join Fight to Save New Zealand's Rarest Dolphin

The nonprofit MAUI63 organization hopes to preserve New Zealand's endangered Maui dolphin with an aerial drone.

Tech Platforms Vowed to Address Racial Equity: How Have They Fared?
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Tech Platforms Vowed to Address Racial Equity: How Have They Fared?

Facebook and other major technology platforms pledged to improve their diversity and antiracism efforts this year in response to racial unrest in the U.S. How have...

iPhones Vulnerable to Hacking Tools for Months, Researchers Say
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iPhones Vulnerable to Hacking Tools for Months, Researchers Say

Researchers said spyware sold by Israel's NSO Group incorporated a zero-click zero-day exploit that could commandeer iPhones via a flaw in iMessage.

Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen
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Not to Be Sneezed At: How 3D Printing Is Supersizing the Tiny World of Pollen

Oliver Wilson at the U.K.'s University of Reading has created a platform for three-dimensionally printing oversized models of pollen grains from high-quality scans...

Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS
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Gladys West: the Hidden Figure Who Helped Invent GPS

Growing up on a farm in Virginia during segregation, West knew education would be her means of escape. But she didn't know her quiet work on a naval base would...

'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI
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'Machines Set Loose to Slaughter': the Dangerous Rise of Military AI

Autonomous machines capable of deadly force are increasingly prevalent in modern warfare, despite numerous ethical concerns. Is there anything we can do to halt...

Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package
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Digital Identity Checks to Be Expanded Under A$800M Technology Budget Package

Australia's government will broaden the use of digital identity checks when businesses and individuals access services online.

Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm
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Twitter Apologizes for 'Racist' Image-Cropping Algorithm

Twitter has issued an apology for an image-cropping algorithm deemed racist after users found it would automatically focus on white faces over black ones.

A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?
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A Robot Wrote This Entire Article. Are You Scared Yet, Human?

We asked GPT-3, OpenAI's powerful new language generator, to write an essay for us from scratch. The assignment? To convince us robots come in peace

Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil
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Scientists Create 3D-Printed Buildings From Soil

Texas A&M University researchers have come up with a technique for using a three-dimensional printer to build greener buildings from soil.

 GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?
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GPT-3: AI Game-changer or Environmental Disaster?

The tech giants' latest machine-learning system comes with both ethical and environmental costs.

New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms
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New Zealand Claims World First in Setting Standards for Government Use of Algorithms

New Zealand's Statistics minister says the new charter on algorithms is an 'important part of building public trust."

China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI
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China Hacking Poses 'Significant Threat' to U.S. Covid-19 Response, Says FBI

Organizations conducting research into Covid-19 may be targeted by computer hackers linked to the Chinese government, according to the FBI and the U.S. Department...

Silent Film Reel Shows Staff Connected to Bletchley Park for First Time
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Silent Film Reel Shows Staff Connected to Bletchley Park for First Time

Footage, preserved in original canister, shows people who worked at secret wartime site

If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?
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If A Novel Was Good, Would You Care If It Was Created by Artificial Intelligence?

The first computer-generated screenplays are promised within five years. Fiction can't be far behind.
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