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Parenting a Three-Year-Old Robot
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Parenting a Three-Year-Old Robot

An open source AI agent developed by researchers at Carnegie Mellon and Meta AI gives robots manipulation abilities equivalent to those of a three-year-old child...

Incorporating Human Error into Machine Learning
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Incorporating Human Error into Machine Learning

Scientists are incorporating uncertainty into machine learning systems.

What Do a Jellyfish, a Cat, a Snake, and an Astronaut Have in Common? Math
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What Do a Jellyfish, a Cat, a Snake, and an Astronaut Have in Common? Math

A new algorithm describes the various motions that help animals navigate their environments by changing their body shapes.

VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers
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VR Headsets Are Vulnerable to Hackers

Computer scientists found hackers can translate the movements of virtual and augmented reality headset users into words using spyware and artificial intelligence...

California Just Opened the Floodgates for Self-Driving Cars
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California Just Opened the Floodgates for Self-Driving Cars

After a state regulatory board ruling, San Francisco will have 24/7 robotaxis on its streets.

From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?
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From Time Crystals to Wormholes: When Is a Quantum Simulation Real?

Physicists are using quantum computers to conjure exotic phenomena and claiming their creations are truly real.

Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'
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Work Begins on Project to Build 'World's Most Sophisticated Roadway'

Officials said construction of the "world's most sophisticated roadway" on Interstate 94 in Wayne County, MI, has begun.

Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment Could Get a Boost from ML
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Cancer Diagnosis, Treatment Could Get a Boost from ML

A new machine learning algorithm was designed to help physicians diagnose specific types of cancer and select the most effective treatment.

Building Better Models Starts with Reexamining Metrics
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Building Better Models Starts with Reexamining Metrics

Researchers emphasized the importance of measuring the performance of generative artificial intelligence models in order to improve them.

China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology
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China Drafts Rules for Facial Recognition Technology

The Cyberspace Administration of China has issued draft rules governing the use of facial recognition technology amid public concerns about its overuse.

Most Tech-Forward U.S. City Has Doubts About Self-Driving Cars
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Most Tech-Forward U.S. City Has Doubts About Self-Driving Cars

San Francisco officials and residents are not impressed by self-driving cars, underscoring the challenges ahead for autonomous vehicle companies.

Cyberattack on U.K.'s Electoral Registers Revealed
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Cyberattack on U.K.'s Electoral Registers Revealed

The U.K.'s Electoral Commission disclosed a "complex cyberattack" in which "hostile actors" accessed copies of electoral registers from August 2021.

Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI
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Zoom's Privacy Tweaks Stoke Fears Its Calls Will Be Used to Train AI

Zoom also said that "notwithstanding" the uses outlined in its rules, it "will not use audio, video or chat Customer Content" to train AI without consent

Meet the Hackers Who Are Trying to Make AI Go Rogue
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Meet the Hackers Who Are Trying to Make AI Go Rogue

Chatbots can be biased, deceptive or even dangerous. Hackers are competing to figure out exactly how.

Unsupervised, Online Exams Provide Valid Assessments
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Unsupervised, Online Exams Provide Valid Assessments

Iowa State University's Jason Chan and Dahwi Ahn found students' online, unsupervised exam scores largely corresponded to those of in-person, proctored exams.

FAA Approves Largest Uncrewed Aircraft System in the U.S.
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FAA Approves Largest Uncrewed Aircraft System in the U.S.

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration approved electric aircraft startup Pykathe 's commercial operation of its autonomous crop sprayers in the U.S.

Tech Experts Start to Doubt ChatGPT, A.I. 'Hallucinations' Will Ever Go Away
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Tech Experts Start to Doubt ChatGPT, A.I. 'Hallucinations' Will Ever Go Away

"This isn't fixable."

Google's Search Box Changed the Meaning of Information
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Google's Search Box Changed the Meaning of Information

Web search promised to resolve questions. Instead, it brought on a soft apocalypse of truth.

Microsoft Comes Under Blistering Criticism for 'Grossly Irresponsible' Security
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Microsoft Comes Under Blistering Criticism for 'Grossly Irresponsible' Security

Azure looks like a house of cards collapsing under the weight of exploits and vulnerabilities.

AI Boosting Satellite Navigation Capability, European Space Agency Says
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AI Boosting Satellite Navigation Capability, European Space Agency Says

European Space Agency says AI, machine learning are being implemented to improve NAVISP program satnav performance.
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