The FBI Keeps Losing Desktop Computers


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The FBI lost over 200 desktop computers, multiple pieces of body armor, and night-vision scopes over a six-month period last year, according to agency records obtained by Motherboard.

The lost computers potentially present a cybersecurity risk if the machines and

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Caution: Will this tech change how we read and write?


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There’s been a flurry of fundraising around companies seeking to help computers understand natural language. It could presage a change in the way we use and experience language and the written word.

As we covered this summer, speech recognition company Speechmatics raised over $60M toward its ambition of global language comprehension. Text-to-speech company Verbit has raised

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How to become a cybersecurity specialist

BY Anastassia GliadkovskayaJuly 12, 2022, 7:26 PM

A “Cyber Security” sign is displayed in the window of a computer store, as seen in December 2020, in Arlington, Virginia. (Photo by Olivier Douliery—AFP/Getty Images)

Though cybersecurity is a relatively new field, it is rising in popularity and demand. In fact, cybersecurity is among the top 20 fastest-growing occupations, with more

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Google engineer Blake Lemoine thinks its LaMDA AI has come

SAN FRANCISCO — Google engineer Blake Lemoine opened his laptop to the interface for LaMDA, Google’s artificially intelligent chatbot generator, and began to type.

“Hi LaMDA, this is Blake Lemoine … ,” he wrote into the chat screen, which looked like a desktop version of Apple’s iMessage, down to the Arctic blue text bubbles. LaMDA,

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Tech Experts Disagree on Metaverse Future in Widely


Tech Experts Disagree on Metaverse Future in Widely Scattered Predictions

Even technology experts can’t agree on the future impact of the nascent metaverse, currently under construction.

Many predict it will fulfill much-hyped hopes and expectations by 2040. Almost as many predict it won’t.

That mixed bag of opinions comes in a nonscientific canvassing of 624 technology experts conducted by

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