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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.

ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews
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ILA Says Union Will Not Service Automated Ships Without Crews

The union specifically highlighted the efforts to develop ships guided by satellites, onboard sensors, and artificial intelligence.

The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data
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The Latest Cybersecurity Threat: Pay Us or We Release the Data

A new type of ransomware attack involves cybercriminals stealing sensitive data and threatening to publish it online if the victim does not pay a hefty ransom. ...

Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID
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Do We Need Humans for That Job? Automation Booms After COVID

Service sector jobs increasingly are being automated amid the pandemic, as companies navigate worker shortages and higher labor costs.

Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?
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Bitcoin Uses More Electricity Than Many Countries. How Is That Possible?

Cryptocurrencies like Bitcoin, one of the most popular, use astonishing amounts of electricity.

Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.
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Facebook Says Its Rules Apply to All. Company Documents Reveal a Secret Elite That's Exempt.

A program known as XCheck has given millions of celebrities, politicians, and other high-profile users special treatment, a privilege many abuse.

GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do
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GLOM: Teaching Computers to See the Way(s) We Do

Geoffrey Hinton wants to design neural networks so they have different ways of seeing the same thing.

Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought
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Emissions From Computing, ICT Could Be Worse Than Previously Thought

Global information and communications technology's greenhouse gas emissions may be worse than previously calculated, suggest researchers.

Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw
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Apple Issues Emergency Security Updates to Close a Spyware Flaw

Researchers at Citizen Lab found that NSO Group, an Israeli spyware company, had infected Apple products without so much as a click.

The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines
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The Road to Self-Reproducing Machines

Advances in technology will soon allow us to build machines that replicate themselves and evolve like living beings.

Atomically-Thin, Twisted Graphene Has Unique Properties That Could Advance Quantum Computing
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Atomically-Thin, Twisted Graphene Has Unique Properties That Could Advance Quantum Computing

The researchers' findings could lead to advances in the design of future quantum computing platforms.

Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival
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Art, Terror Show VR Potential at Venice Film Festival

The Venice Film Festival held a spotlight to virtual reality.

Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List
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Tech Advances Put Annual Doctor Visits on Critical List

The pandemic has disrupted annual doctor visits, and digital technology, imaging, gene sequencing, and artificial intelligence likely will further virtualize physical...

Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications
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Stretchy Robot Worms Could Inch Their Way into Tech Applications

Engineers at the U.K.'s University of Glasgow have designed soft robots that can move like inchworms and earthworms.

El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags
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El Salvador President Steps in to Fix Bitcoin Rollout Snags

Salvadoran President Nayib Bukele has interceded in the troubled launch of a bitcoin payments application.

Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology
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Royal Navy Reveals Future Vision Based on Autonomous Technology

The Navy's vision sees drones based in the stratosphere, which are capable of being launched at a moment's notice.

Computers 'Worse for Environment than Plane Travel'
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Computers 'Worse for Environment than Plane Travel'

The carbon impact of computers is set to rise even further, researchers warn.

A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans
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A.I. Can Now Write Its Own Computer Code. That's Good News for Humans

A new technology called Codex generates programs in 12 coding languages and even translates between them. But it is not a threat to professional programmers.

AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger
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AWS Researcher Merges 2 Quantum Computers to Help Make Cryptography Keys Stronger

Amazon Web Services' Mario Berta combined the capabilities of two quantum computers in order to generate truly random numbers to strengthen cryptographic keys. ...

Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network
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Universal System Decodes Any Type of Data Sent Across a Network

Scientists have programmed a universal algorithm to enable a silicon chip to decode any data transmitted across a network, irrespective of structure.
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