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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data
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Amazon's Dark Secret: It Has Failed to Protect Your Data

For years, the retail giant has handled your information less carefully than it handles your packages.

Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk
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Another Intel Chip Flaw Puts a Slew of Gadgets at Risk

The vulnerability allows an attacker with physical access to the CPU to bypass the security measures protecting some of its most sensitive data.

This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech
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This Group Pushed More AI in US Security—and Boosted Big Tech

The National Security Commission on AI included members from Oracle, Google, Microsoft, and Amazon. Some of its recommendations are already federal law.

Companies Are Rushing to Use AI—But Few See a Payoff
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Companies Are Rushing to Use AI—But Few See a Payoff

A study finds that only 11% of firms that have deployed artificial intelligence are reaping a "sizable" return on their investments.

How to Fix Facebook, According to Facebook Employees
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How to Fix Facebook, According to Facebook Employees

Internal research documents provide a blueprint for solving the company's biggest problems.

A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook
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A Look Inside Apple's Silicon Playbook

Plus: The infamous 2016 Macbook Pro, Gödel's ontological proof, and a mascot's moment of weakness.

Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk
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Virtual Obstacle Courses Help Real Robots Learn to Walk

Researchers developed an army of more than 4,000 simulated doglike robots and used them to train an algorithm to control a real-world robot's legs.

AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag
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AI's Smarts Now Come With a Big Price Tag

As language models get more complex, they also get more expensive to create and run. Some companies are locked out.

How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem
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How Supercomputers Can Help Fix Our Wildfire Problem

Fires spread with a complexity that scientists can pick apart little by little, thanks to lasers, sensors, and some of the most powerful computers.

Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt
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Why Robots Can't Sew Your T-Shirt

Machines can print textiles, cut fabric, and fold clothes, but it's hard to train them to sew as fast and precisely as humans.

It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law
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It's Not Easy to Control Police Use of Tech—Even With a Law

A key backer of a 2018 Oakland law to rein in tools like automated license plate readers says the city is not following the rules.

A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate
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A Stanford Proposal Over AI's 'Foundations' Ignites Debate

A research paper that dubs some artificial intelligence models "foundational" is sparking a dispute over the future of the field.

In the U.S., the AI Industry Risks Becoming Winner-Take-Most
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In the U.S., the AI Industry Risks Becoming Winner-Take-Most

A new study illustrates just how geographically concentrated AI activity has become.

The Fight to Define When AI Is 'High Risk'
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The Fight to Define When AI Is 'High Risk'

Everyone from tech companies to churches wants a say in how the E.U. regulates artificial intelligence that could harm people.

The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive
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The $150 Million Machine Keeping Moore's Law Alive

ASML's next-generation extreme ultraviolet lithography machines achieve previously unattainable levels of precision, which means chips can keep shrinking for...

Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'
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Bad Solar Storm Could Cause an 'Internet Apocalypse'

A study by Sangeetha Abdu Jyothi at the University of California, Irvine on the potential impact of a coronal mass ejection on the global Internet finds that continent...

Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches
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Deepfakes Are Now Making Business Pitches

The video technology, initially associated with porn, is gaining a foothold in the corporate world.

38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info
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38M Records Were Exposed Online—Including Contact-Tracing Info

Misconfigured Power Apps from Microsoft led to more than 1,000 Web apps accessible to anyone who found them.

OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker
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OpenAI Is Making Coding As Easy As Talking to a Smart Speaker

Plus: The early days of programming, an existential investigation, and bipartisanship before our very eyes.

Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed
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Millions of Web Camera, Baby Monitor Feeds Exposed

Researchers have identified a vulnerability in a software development kit affecting more than 83 million smart devices.
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