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Study Decodes Surprising Approach Mice Take in Learning
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Study Decodes Surprising Approach Mice Take in Learning

Neuroscientists studied the behavior of mice in a learn-reward situation, with the aim of teaching the mice to turn a wheel left or right to receive a reward.

Nanophotonics Flattens Camera Lenses
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Nanophotonics Flattens Camera Lenses

Nanoscale meta-optics holds the promise of improved imaging while removing the bulges from smartphones.

How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious
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How to Tell if Your A.I. Is Conscious

In a new report, scientists offer a list of measurable qualities that might indicate the presence of some presence in a machine.

Breakthrough Way to Train Neuromorphic Chips
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Breakthrough Way to Train Neuromorphic Chips

A research team has developed a neuromorphic chip that does not require training via external software.

AI Regulation Takes Baby Steps on Capitol Hill
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AI Regulation Takes Baby Steps on Capitol Hill

The meeting came amidst a week of frenetic activity on AI legislation.

Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See
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Helping Computer Vision, Language Models Understand What They See

Massachusetts Institute of Technology and other researchers developed a technique that uses computer-generated data to help vision and language models better understand...

AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship
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AI Project Imagines Adult Faces of Children Who Disappeared During Argentina's Military Dictatorship

Argentine publicist Santiago Barros uses an app to produce images of what children taken from their parents during Argentina's military dictatorship might look...

Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts
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Microsoft to Shield Paid-Up Copilot Customers From Any AI Copyright Brawls It Starts

Tough luck, freeloaders: you're on your own.

As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change
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As AI Grows, Las Vegas Workers Brace for Change

Workers in Las Vegas are closely watching employers' adoption of artificial intelligence and other technologies rise as they strive to cut labor costs.

2 Senators Propose Bipartisan Framework for A.I. Laws
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2 Senators Propose Bipartisan Framework for A.I. Laws

The effort by Senators Richard Blumenthal and Josh Hawley is the latest move by lawmakers to catch up with the rapidly evolving technology.

How To Talk To An AI
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How To Talk To An AI

An ordinary human's guide to getting extraordinary results from a chatbot like ChatGPT.

Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72
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Douglas Lenat, Who Tried to Make A.I. More Human, Dies at 72

He spent decades working on artificial intelligence, striving to create computers that could replicate common sense.

Alan Turing and the Power of Negative Thinking
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Alan Turing and the Power of Negative Thinking

Mathematical proofs based on a technique called diagonalization can be relentlessly contrarian, but they help reveal the limits of algorithms.

Toughest Known Structure Discovered by Autonomous Robot Lab
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Toughest Known Structure Discovered by Autonomous Robot Lab

The Bayesian experimental autonomous researcher robotics laboratory at Canada's University of Toronto has discovered the most energy-absorbent mechanical structure...

AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes
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AI Could Smuggle Secret Messages in Memes

Computer scientists claim to have created the first algorithm for seamlessly concealing messages in realistic text, images, or audio.

British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars
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British Columbia Split on Safety of Self-Driving Cars

A study by researchers at Canada's University of British Columbia found that a period of gradual transition will be necessary for road users to feel comfortable...

Meet Generative AI's 'Super Users': 70% of Gen Z Use GenAI
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Meet Generative AI's 'Super Users': 70% of Gen Z Use GenAI

Salesforce's survey shows that age and employment status are major factors in AI adoption.

AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells
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AI Rivals Human Nose When Naming Smells

Researchers developed a graph neural network that reliably matched human volunteers' identification of 55 odors, then predicted the smells of 500,000 additional...

Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance
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Voice Deepfakes Are Coming for Your Bank Balance

Artificial intelligence tools have given scammers a potent weapon for trying to trick people into sending them money.

Growing Public Concern About the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Daily Life
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Growing Public Concern About the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Daily Life

The rise in concern about AI has taken place alongside growing public awareness, according to Pew.
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