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AI should never be able to launch nukes, US legislators say

Last week, Rep. Ted Lieu (D-CA) introduced the Block Nuclear Launch by Autonomous Artificial Intelligence Act alongside Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and numerous other bipartisan co-sponsors. The bill’s objective is as straightforward as its name: ensuring AI will never have a final say in American nuclear strategy. “While we all try to grapple with the pace at which AI is accelerating, the future of AI and its role in society remains unclear. It is our job as Members of Congress…


3 ways to change how iPhone notifications appear

When it comes to lock screen notifications, iPhone users generally belong in one of three camps: those who must see every alert at all times, those who would rather die than glimpse a single notification, and those who like to adjust the iOS settings to find a happy medium. Coincidentally or not, Apple also offers three different ways to display notifications on an iPhone, and you may find you prefer one over your current settings. The feature was introduced with…


Stop and ask these 5 security questions before installing any app

There’s a wealth of software available for Windows, macOS, Android, and iOS—but not all of it has been developed with the best intentions. There are apps out there that have been built to steal your data, corrupt your files, spy on your digital activities, and surreptitiously squeeze money out of you. The good news is that a few smart questions can steer you away from the shady stuff and toward apps you can trust and rely on. If you’re not…


You should back up your Blu-rays and DVDs before they break

Entropy is, sadly, our reality. Everything eventually breaks down; everything eventually stops working. That includes your Blu-ray and DVD collection. Sure, in a well-maintained archive, a Blu-ray is a great long-term option, but your shelves (or worse, haphazardly packed box) aren’t a well-maintained archive, sorry. Whether by natural disaster, kids finding and deciding to play with your discs, or just good old-fashioned wear-and-tear, all of your Blu-rays will stop working someday. Back them up now before they do. If nothing…


How to Use Twitter’s Auto-Captions for Voice Tweets

Twitter has launched a new tool that allows users to include subtitles with their voice tweets. Users will be able to add captions to their voice tweets as a result of this change. Voice Tweets are a unique method for users to express themselves on the microblogging platform, which would otherwise restrict them to a maximum of 280 characters. Currently, the function is only accessible on iOS devices, but Twitter plans to extend the service to include more platforms in…


5 skin cancer-care tools you should look out for

Ozone is like Earth’s natural sunscreen, protecting living things from the sun’s harsh UV rays. But this sunscreen is running out. Greenhouse gases are thinning out the ozone layer, and our skin is starting to pay the price. According to the World Health Organization, losing an extra 10 percent of ozone levels will cause an additional 300,000 non-melanoma and 4,500 skin cancer cases. With skin cancer as the most diagnosed cancer in America, the US Preventative Services Task Force (USPSTF)…


Intentional, Private, Meaningful: Why the World Needs Web 3.0

Where would we be without the internet? Indispensable to daily lives, powering global industry and commerce – it’s one of the most defining technological revolutions in history. Ever since its official inception, the internet has significantly evolved in scope and intent.When Tim Berners Lee started developing the World Wide Web in 1989, he envisioned a space where scientists could meet, read, and write. In its heyday, companies like AOL, Yahoo, and Compuserve dominated this interconnected computer system, which eventually became…


Drones can fly themselves with worm-inspired AI software

A worm’s brain may be teeny tiny, but that small organ has inspired researchers to design better software for drones. Using liquid neural networks, researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have trained a drone to identify and navigate toward objects in varying environments.  Liquid neural networks, a type of artificial intelligence tool, are unique. They can extrapolate and apply previous data to new environments. In other words, “they can generalize to situations that they have never seen,” Ramin Hasani,…


NASA’s 600-pound solar radiation tracker is plummeting to Earth tomorrow

Heads up, everyone: a 600-pound, decommissioned satellite is on track to fall from orbit on Wednesday. While most of it is expected to burn up upon reentry, “some components are expected to survive,” according to NASA. Don’t worry; there’s probably no need to run for shelter, as the agency estimates that the odds for personal harm are around 1 in 2,467. Per the space agency’s announcement, the Reuven Ramaty High Energy Solar Spectroscopic Imager (RHESSI) is expected to re-enter Earth’s…


Kia’s powerful EV6 GT has supercar-like chops

Boasting 576 horsepower and 545 pound-feet of torque, the new Kia EV6 GT is thrilling. Press your finger on the GT button on the steering wheel and, like electrified magic, the crossover seems to catapult into hyperspace. The company boldly proclaims that the EV6 GT can go toe to toe with the Ferrari Roma or the Lamborghini Huracán Evo Spyder RWD, accelerating from 0-60 miles per hour in 3.4 seconds. Take a moment and let that comparison sink in. In…


You saw the first image of a black hole. Now see it better with AI.

Astronomy sheds light on the far-off, intangible phenomena that shape our universe and everything outside it. Artificial intelligence sifts through tiny, mundane details to help us process important patterns. Put the two together, and you can tackle almost any scientific conundrum—like determining  the relative shape of a black hole.  The Event Horizon Telescope (a network of eight radio observatories placed strategically around the globe) originally captured the first image of a black hole in 2017 in the Messier 87 galaxy.…


There’s More to Apple’s New AirPods Pro Than Just USB-C

In the weeks leading up to Apple’s Wonderlust event, several reliable sources predicted the AirPods Pro would get the USB-C treatment alongside the introduction of Apple’s first USB-C phones. However, most believed that the new USB-C case would end up being the only difference — that, as with the switch to MagSafe charging two years ago, Apple would quietly take the existing AirPods Pro earbuds and put them in a new case with a USB-C port. That’s primarily what Apple…