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Users Trust AI as Much as Humans for Flagging Problematic Content
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Users Trust AI as Much as Humans for Flagging Problematic Content

Researchers found that social media users trust artificial intelligence as much as human content moderators when it comes to flagging harmful content.

Report: U.S. Nuclear Security Body Failed to Implement Cybersecurity Measures
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Report: U.S. Nuclear Security Body Failed to Implement Cybersecurity Measures


FSOC Warns Crypto is Possible Systemic Risk
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FSOC Warns Crypto is Possible Systemic Risk

The Financial Stability Oversight Council report identifies a wide range of regulatory gaps and market risks.

Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?
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Can Smartphones Help Predict Suicide?

A unique research project is tracking hundreds of people at risk for suicide, using data from smartphones and wearable biosensors to identify periods of high danger...

Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With 'Ambient Intelligence'
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Amazon Wants to Cocoon You With 'Ambient Intelligence'

The company's new smart gadget uses radar to track your breathing while you sleep. It's part of Amazon's plan to weave its products invisibly into your life.

Bitcoin Has Emitted 200 Million Tons of CO2 Since Launch
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Bitcoin Has Emitted 200 Million Tons of CO2 Since Launch

Researchers at the U.K.'s University of Cambridge estimated bitcoin miners have discharged nearly 200 million tons of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.

Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World
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Software Robots Gaining Ground in White-Collar Office World

Software is making inroads into white-collar professions due to innovations enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning, and fueled by pandemic-surging...

The Long Road to Driverless Trucks
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The Long Road to Driverless Trucks

A partnership between self-driving startup Kodiak Robotics and trucking company U.S. Xpress resulted in a self-driving 18-wheeler driving goods between Dallas and...

Will AI Kill College Writing?
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Will AI Kill College Writing?

Online programs can churn out decent papers on the cheap. What now?

AI Can Now Create Any Image in Seconds
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AI Can Now Create Any Image in Seconds

Researchers worry these systems produce images that can cause a range of harms, such as reinforcing racial and gender stereotypes or plagiarizing artists without...

Microsoft: Hackers are Using Open Source Software, Fake Jobs in Phishing Attacks
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Microsoft: Hackers are Using Open Source Software, Fake Jobs in Phishing Attacks

The software giant details how hackers are using easily available tools and non-existent job offers to trick developers and IT workers.

Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?
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Why Don't You Have A Self-Driving Car Yet?

The biggest reason that "it's taking so long" is that it's hard.

Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid
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Too Many Electric Cars Charging at Night May Overload Electrical Grid

Computer modeling determined the western U.S. power grid could be strained if electric vehicle owners primarily charging their vehicles at home overnight.

Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars
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Volvo to Install Laser Sensors on New Cars

Volvo Cars will soon become the first automaker to install laser-based sensors across its entire fleet.

Tool Uncovers Cancer-Driving Structural Variations
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Tool Uncovers Cancer-Driving Structural Variations

Weill Cornell Medicine researchers created the CSVDriver software to identify cancer-generating structural variants from tumor samples via DNA sequence analysis...

Securing the Enterprise When Employees are Remote
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Securing the Enterprise When Employees are Remote

Managing the security challenges of hybrid work environments.

New Deepfake Threats Loom, says Microsoft's Chief Science Officer
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New Deepfake Threats Loom, says Microsoft's Chief Science Officer

Microsoft chief science officer Eric Horvitz said the rising capabilities of discriminative and generative artificial intelligence methods are reaching an inflection...

Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car
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Stuck on the Streets of San Francisco in a Driverless Car

A reporter and a photographer went for a ride in an experimental autonomous vehicle operated by the General Motors subsidiary Cruise. There were bumps in the road...

Meta's LeCun: Most of Today's AI Approaches Will Never Lead to True Intelligence
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Meta's LeCun: Most of Today's AI Approaches Will Never Lead to True Intelligence

Fundamental problems elude many strains of deep learning, says LeCun, including the mystery of how to measure information.

How the U.S. is Trying to Maintain Dominance of the Advanced Semiconductor Industry
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How the U.S. is Trying to Maintain Dominance of the Advanced Semiconductor Industry

...while trying to limit China's ability to develop its own.
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