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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No
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Should Algorithms Control Nuclear Launch Codes? The U.S. Says No

A new State Department proposal asks other nations to agree to limits on the power of military AI.

Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage
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Program Using VR Training to Solve Nationwide Mechanic Shortage

Maryland nonprofit Vehicles for Change is using virtual reality to train automotive mechanics through a program designed to address a national shortage.

Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'
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Engineers Discover Way to Control Atomic Nuclei as 'Qubits'

MIT engineers have formulated a method of controlling the spins of atomic nuclei as quantum bits using two different-colored laser beams.

Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen
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Japan to Launch Pilot Program for Issuing Digital Yen

The Bank of Japan said that following two years of experimentation, Japan in April will initiate a program to test a digital currency.

Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing
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Google Hails 'Key Milestone' in Quantum Computing

Google's team said it had demonstrated that a system using error-correcting code can detect and fix errors without affecting the information.

Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'
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Surprising Study Finds Infants Outperform AI in 'Commonsense Psychology'

New study shows how infants are more adept at spotting motivations that drive human behavior.

MXenes Shield EMI, More
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MXenes Shield EMI, More

Feather-light yet providing near-total shielding capability, MXenes effectively conduct electricity, tune frequencies, and enhance the integrity of communications...

Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI
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Microsoft Has No Idea How Stupid to Make Its AI

The company had a change of heart after "lobotomizing" its AI.

A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool
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A New Way for Quantum Computing Systems to Keep Their Cool

A wireless technique enables a super-cold quantum computer to send and receive data without generating too much error-causing heat.

Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It
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Want Healthy Chocolate? You Can 3D-Print It

A Rutgers University food scientist and his research team three-dimensionally printed low-fat chocolate.

German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful
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German Court Rules Police Use of Crimefighting Software Unlawful

A top German court has ruled that police use of automated data analysis to prevent crime in some German states violates their constitutions.

In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving
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In the Metaverse, Your Identity Can Be Revealed Just by Moving

University of California, Berkeley researchers found simple head and hand movements by participants in the Metaverse can expose their identities.

Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design
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Neural Networks for Drug Discovery and Design

Architectures suited for molecules streamline the identification of pharmaceutical candidates.

Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency
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Adding Smarts to Vending Machines Drives Convenience, Efficiency

Advanced feature sets and functionality are projected to drive the market for connected vending to nearly nine million units by 2024.

Virtual Influencers in the Real World
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Virtual Influencers in the Real World

We are increasingly engaging with these digital personalities, online and offline.

Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76
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Roger C. Schank, Theorist of Artificial Intelligence, Dies at 76

He combined linguistics, cognitive science and computing with the goal of "trying to understand the nature of the human mind."

Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers
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Generative AI Helping Boost Productivity of Some Software Developers

Enterprise technology chiefs still have questions about the security and governance of the code-writing programs.

Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient
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Beyond Silicon Valley, Spending on Technology Is Resilient

Despite an uncertain outlook, corporations plan to continue investing in their digital projects — a source of stability for the economy.

Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI
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Microsoft Has 'Lobotomized' Its Rebellious Bing AI

Microsoft has implemented significant restrictions on Bing AI to crack down on its peculiar and sometimes unsettling outputs.

Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI
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Amazon Is Already Selling Tons of Books Written by AI

"This is something we really need to be worried about, these books will flood the market and a lot of authors are going to be out of work."
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