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NSF Invests $10.9 Million in Development of Safe AI Technologies
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NSF Invests $10.9 Million in Development of Safe AI Technologies

The National Science Foundation said it will invest $10.9 million in research for the development of user-safe artificial intelligence through the Safe Learning...

Closing the Inclusion Gap in Computer Science
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Closing the Inclusion Gap in Computer Science

Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University students aim to address the lack of diversity in computer science.

Cybercrime Enablers
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Cybercrime Enablers

Initial Access Brokers sell unauthorized access.

Biden Issues AI Executive Order, Requiring Safety Assessments, Civil Rights Guidance, Research on Labor Market Impact
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Biden Issues AI Executive Order, Requiring Safety Assessments, Civil Rights Guidance, Research on Labor Market Impact

The order builds on voluntary commitments the White House previously secured from leading AI companies and represents the first major binding government action...

Rishi Sunak Lays Out Vision for New Global AI Safety Bodies
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Rishi Sunak Lays Out Vision for New Global AI Safety Bodies

British PM defended seeking Chinese buy-in for a bevvy of new AI governance initiatives he is set to launch next week.

The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off
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The App Store–But for Cars–May Not be Far Off

Automaker General Motors has released a suite of open source application programming interfaces so software developers can build apps that integrate with connected...

Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking
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Apple AirTags Can Track Lost Suitcase, but Slow to Alert for Stalking

A study by Northeastern University researchers found that notifications to iPhone users of their close proximity to an unknown AirTag are not timely and can be...

AI Firms Must Be Held Responsible for Harm They Cause, 'Godfathers' Say
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AI Firms Must Be Held Responsible for Harm They Cause, 'Godfathers' Say

A group of experts said artificial intelligence companies must be held accountable for the damage their products cause.

Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings
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Students, Professors Decry Sensors in Buildings

Officials at the U.K.'s Queen Mary University of London announced earlier this year that sensors would be installed in campus buildings. Staff and students are...

California DMV Suspends Cruise Deployment, Testing Permits
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California DMV Suspends Cruise Deployment, Testing Permits

California's Department of Motor Vehicles says General Motors' Cruise vehicles are not "safe for the public's operations."

N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers
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N.Y. State Bill Would Require Background Checks to Buy 3D Printers

Proposed legislation would require subjecting consumers to criminal history background checks before permitting them to purchase certain three-dimensional printers...

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling
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Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

Facial recognition software is speeding up check-in at airports, cruise ships and theme parks, but experts worry about risks to security and privacy.

The GitHub Black Market That Helps Coders Cheat the Popularity Contest
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The GitHub Black Market That Helps Coders Cheat the Popularity Contest

Popularity on GitHub can open valuable doors for developers and startups. Underground stores sell "stars" on the platform, offering coders a way to literally fake...

The Race to Save Secrets from Future Computers
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The Race to Save Secrets from Future Computers

China, Russia, and the U.S. are racing to find ways to prevent future quantum computers from cracking long-supported encryption protocols.

Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy
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Researchers Say Guardrails Built Around A.I. Systems Are Not So Sturdy

OpenAI now lets outsiders tweak what its chatbot does. A new paper says that can lead to trouble.

Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says
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Honda to Start Self-Driving Taxi Service in Tokyo, CEO Says

Venture with GM, Cruise aims to eventually have 500 robotaxis.

Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling
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Your Face May Soon Be Your Ticket. Not Everyone Is Smiling

The use of facial recognition software to expedite admission to venues like airports and theme parks is raising privacy and security concerns among experts.

China Has a New Plan for Judging the Safety of Generative AI—and it's Packed with Details
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China Has a New Plan for Judging the Safety of Generative AI—and it's Packed with Details

A new proposal spells out the very specific ways companies should evaluate AI security and enforce censorship in AI models.

The SEC's Cybersecurity Rules
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The SEC's Cybersecurity Rules

Public companies now must report material cybersecurity incidents within four business days.

Should Schools Rely on Government for Cyber Protection?
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Should Schools Rely on Government for Cyber Protection?

Can the federal government protect K-12 schools and their students from cyberattacks?
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