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Large Computer Language Models Carry Environmental, Social Risks
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Large Computer Language Models Carry Environmental, Social Risks

Researchers warn fast-growing natural-language models can worsen environmental and social issues as the amount of training data increases.

How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes
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How to Spot Deepfakes? Look at Light Reflection in the Eyes

A new tool can automatically identify deepfake photos of people by analyzing light reflections in their eyes for minute deviations.

Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds
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Double-Masking Benefits Are Limited, Japan Supercomputer Finds

Double-masking yields limited benefits compared to a single well-fitted disposable mask, according to an analysis conducted with a Japanese supercomputer.

Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital
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Trading Chicken Parts is Going Digital

Ashley Honey at New Zealand-based Nui hopes to use his company's electronic trading platforms to automate trading of meat and poultry products.

Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT
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Bug Bounties: More Hackers Spotting Vulnerabilities Across Web, Mobile, IoT

HackerOne's 2021 Hacker Report reveals a 63% jump in the number of ethical hackers submitting vulnerabilities to bug bounty programs during the last year.

Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer
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Israel Allocates $60 Million to Build First Quantum Computer

Israel's Innovation Authority and Defense Ministry have committed $60 million to building the country's first quantum computer.

Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings
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Eagle-Inspired Robot Flies by Flapping Its Feather-Covered Wings

Researchers in China were inspired by a golden eagle to build a robotic bird with flapping wings covered in actual feathers.

Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware
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Hackers Exploit Websites to Give Them Excellent SEO Before Deploying Malware

Cybersecurity researchers have found hackers are using search engine optimization to push compromised websites higher up Google's rankings.

Building Networks Not Enough to Expand Rural Broadband
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Building Networks Not Enough to Expand Rural Broadband

Cornell University researchers found that closing the digital divide in rural areas will require more than public grants to build broadband networks.

Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer
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Majorana Meltdown Jeopardizes Microsoft's Quantum Computer

Majorana particles would make perfect qubits to build a large quantum computer, but their creation and detection in 2018 was probably no more than overinterpreted...

Researchers Are Peering Inside Computer Brains. What They've Found Will Surprise You
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Researchers Are Peering Inside Computer Brains. What They've Found Will Surprise You

Researchers at research company OpenAI developed new techniques to examine the inner workings of neural networks to help interpret their decision-making.

Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter
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Russia Says It Is Slowing Access to Twitter

Moscow accused the social network of failing to remove content it deemed illegal. Soon after, a raft of government websites suffered a short outage.

Your Loved Ones, and Eerie Tom Cruise Videos, Reanimate Unease With Deepfakes
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Your Loved Ones, and Eerie Tom Cruise Videos, Reanimate Unease With Deepfakes

A tool that allows old photographs to be animated, and viral videos of a Tom Cruise impersonation, shined new light on digital impersonations.

Furious AI Researcher Creates a List of Non-reproducible Machine Learning Papers
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Furious AI Researcher Creates a List of Non-reproducible Machine Learning Papers

The Papers Without Code website aims to create a centralized list of machine learning papers that are not implementable.

Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals
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Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

Hackers say they have compromised data from as many as 150,000 surveillance cameras, including footage from electric vehicle company Tesla.

Storing the Declaration of Independence in a Single Molecule
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Storing the Declaration of Independence in a Single Molecule

Researchers at the University of California, Irvine are using an artificial variation of DNA for data storage.

Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops
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Drones vs. Hungry Moths: Dutch Use Tech to Protect Crops

Dutch farmers are adopting palm-sized drones to protect their crops against moths.

Magnetic Boost Helps to Squeeze More Data Onto Computer Hard Disks
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Magnetic Boost Helps to Squeeze More Data Onto Computer Hard Disks

A short-term technology may help clear a path toward next-generation computer hard disks by utilizing microwaves with existing platter material.

Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision
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Facebook Researchers Report Advance in Computer Vision

A software toolkit developed by Facebook's artificial intelligence research arm could enable companies to create computer vision software more quickly.

Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'
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Microsoft-led Team Retracts Quantum 'Breakthrough'

Microsoft's 2018 paper claimed to have observed evidence supporting Majorana particles' existence.
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