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Nation May 19Google says it won’t build AI tools for oil and gas drillers
Google says it will no longer build custom artificial intelligence tools for speeding up oil and gas extraction, separating itself from cloud computing rivals Microsoft and Amazon.
Nation May 18Tech-assisted COVID-19 tracking is having some issues
Harnessing today's technology to the task of fighting the coronavirus pandemic is turning out to be more complicated than it first appeared.
Health May 05COVID-19 tracing apps come with privacy trade-offs
Many governments eager to reopen their societies are starting to bet on smartphone apps to help stanch the coronavirus pandemic.
World Mar 27Microsoft divests from Israeli facial-recognition startup
Microsoft says it is pulling its investments from a controversial facial-recognition startup that scans faces at Israeli military checkpoints.
Science Feb 24Pentagon adopts new ethical principles for using AI in war
The new principles call for people to "exercise appropriate levels of judgment and care" when deploying and using AI systems, such as those that scan aerial imagery to look for targets. But the principles fall short of stronger restrictions favored…
Health Feb 20Can AI flag disease outbreaks faster than humans? Not quite
The first public alert outside China about the novel coronavirus came on Dec. 30 from the automated HealthMap system at Boston Children's Hospital.
Economy Feb 10Amazon wants to question Trump over loss of military contract
The Pentagon awarded the cloud computing project to Microsoft in October. Amazon later sued, arguing that Trump's interference and bias against the company harmed Amazon's chances of winning.
Economy Feb 05YouTube, Venmo demand AI firm stop taking facial data from sites
The companies have been sending cease-and-desist letters to New York-based Clearview AI, which works with law enforcement agencies.
Science Jan 14After NSA finds major security flaw in Windows 10, Microsoft issues free fix
The company said it has not seen any evidence that hackers have used the technique discovered by the NSA.
World Jan 06Oil price keeps rising as industry eyes Iran-U.S. conflict
“You can repair a facility. You can’t bring somebody back to life. There’s no turning back," said Antoine Halff, a Columbia University researcher and former chief oil analyst for the International Energy Agency. ”…