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New ‘crypto bill’ could mainstream digital currencies in US

The lack of laws governing digital currencies has slowed their expansion in the United States. Cryptocurrency investors tell VOA’s Deana Mitchell they are encouraged that the U.S. House of Representatives is considering a new legal framework for electronic money. Source:…

Google AI Gemini parrots China’s propaganda

Washington —  VOA’s Mandarin Service recently took Google’s artificial intelligence assistant Gemini for a test drive by asking it dozens of questions in Mandarin, but when it was asked about topics including China’s human rights abuses in Xinjiang or street…

Apple shows off AI features at annual conference

Apple unveiled its AI technology, called Apple Intelligence, on Monday, which will be integrated across its suite of apps, as it aims to become the face of generative AI for consumers and gain an edge over rival Microsoft. The company…

Some US families opt to raise teens sans social media

WESTPORT, Connecticut —  Kate Bulkeley’s pledge to stay off social media in high school worked at first. She watched the benefits pile up: She was getting excellent grades. She read lots of books. The family had lively conversations around the…

Netflix’s recipe for success includes ‘secret sauce’ spiced with tech savvy

LOS GATOS, California —  Although its video streaming service sparkles with a Hollywood sheen, Netflix still taps its roots in Silicon Valley to stay a step ahead of traditional TV and movie studios. The Los Gatos, California, company, based more…

US lawmakers call for scrutiny of NewsBreak app over Chinese origins

WASHINGTON AND LONDON —  Three U.S. lawmakers have called for more scrutiny of NewsBreak, a popular news aggregation app in the United States, after Reuters reported it has Chinese origins and has used artificial intelligence tools to produce erroneous stories….

AI ‘gold rush’ for chatbot training data could run out of human-written text

Artificial intelligence systems like ChatGPT could soon run out of what keeps making them smarter — the tens of trillions of words people have written and shared online. A new study released Thursday by research group Epoch AI projects that…

22 Chinese nationals sentenced to prison in Zambia for cybercrimes

LUSAKA, Zambia —  A Zambian court on Friday sentenced 22 Chinese nationals to long prison terms for cybercrimes that included internet fraud and online scams targeting Zambians and other people from Singapore, Peru and the United Arab Emirates. The Magistrates…

NASA launches first crewed flight of Boeing Starliner spacecraft to ISS

The new Boeing Starliner has lifted off with NASA astronauts headed to the International Space Station, or ISS. After two previous attempts, the Starliner was launched at 10:52 a.m. local time Wednesday from Space Launch Complex 41 at Cape Canaveral,…

LogOn: Swarms of drones can be managed by one person

The U.S. military says large groups of drones and ground robots can be managed by a single person without added stress to the operator. In this week’s episode of LogOn, VOA’s Julie Taboh reports the technologies may be beneficial for…