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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.
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TSA Now Wants to Scan Your Face at Security. Here are Your Rights.

16 major domestic airports are testing facial recognition tech to verify IDs — and it could go nationwide in 2023.  

How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters
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How China's Police Used Phones, Faces to Track Protesters

China's police used an advanced surveillance system to track protesters who rallied against the government's pandemic policies this past week.

Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers
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Facebook Failed to Stop Ads Threatening Election Workers

Researchers tested Facebook's automated moderation system by submitting ads around Election Day that contained direct threats against election workers.

Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe
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Supercomputer Simulation Animates Evolution of the Universe

An international team of researchers has engineered the most accurate supercomputer animation of the cosmos' early evolution to date.

Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics
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Amazon's Quest for the 'Holy Grail' of Robotics

Automating some warehouse functions could let the giant do more with its existing workforce—or the retailer may not require all the humans it employs today.

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. ...

Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning
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Tech Firms Send Supreme Court a Warning

Twitter's defense of its legal immunity and ability to moderate comes as its new owner, Elon Musk, has been rapidly shifting the platform's content policy.

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.
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