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Inside the fight over California’s new AI bill

California state Senator Scott Weiner, left, speaks during a press conference at Alamo Square Park about a new bill to close a loophole in prosecuting automobile break-ins, on November 26, 2018, in San Francisco. ( | Lea Suzuki/San Francisco Chronicle…

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How computers made poker a game for nerds

Thousands of poker players have gathered in Las Vegas this month for their biggest tournament series of the year: the World Series of Poker (WSOP). For many professional players, the WSOP is an annual pilgrimage. For amateurs, it may be…

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Stop setting your thermostat at 72

By setting your thermostat one degree warmer, you can save 6 percent on energy costs, according to the EPA. Micah Pollak had no idea the trouble he was getting himself into when he shared his preferred thermostat settings on social…

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What should an electric car sound like?

For over a century, the internal combustion engine has powered vehicles with an intricate combination of moving parts and tiny explosions. That combustion process inevitably made noise, and that noise came to define the background soundscape of our roads, cities,…

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What, if anything, is AI search good for?

Goofy 1980s Computer Worker looking intently at a vintage computer screen. Retro colored and styled image with wood panelling in the background. It has been a month since Google’s spectacular goof. Its new AI Overviews feature was supposed to “take…

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Two ways to go wrong in predicting AI

The ChatGPT app is seen on a mobile device in this illustraiton photo in Warsaw, Poland on 14 May, 2024. (Photo by Jaap Arriens/NurPhoto via Getty Images) When writing about technology that is rapidly improving, there are two obvious failure…

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Is Nvidia stock overvalued? It depends on the future of AI.

SAN JOSE, CALIFORNIA – MARCH 18: Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang delivers a keynote address during the Nvidia GTC Artificial Intelligence Conference at SAP Center on March 18, 2024 in San Jose, California. The developer conference is expected to highlight new…

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Can we ever really beat tornadoes?

A tornado touches down in Southwest Texas. The United States just experienced the busiest stretch of tornado activity in more than a decade. Scientists are now trying out new forecasting methods powered by artificial intelligence that could yield precious lead…

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Will AI ever become conscious? It depends on how you think about biology.

A film adaptation of science fiction author Terry Bisson’s 1991 short story, They’re Made out of Meat, opens with two aliens in dismay. Sitting in a roadside diner booth disguised as humans, cigarettes hanging limp from their mouths, they’re grappling…

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The AI bill that has Big Tech panicked

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 14: Vice President and Chief AI Scientist at META, Yann LeCun attends the Viva Technology conference at Parc des Expositions Porte de Versailles on June 14, 2023 in Paris, France. Yann LeCun is a French artificial…

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