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What Better Way for the Marines to Prepare for Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?
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What Better Way for the Marines to Prepare for Future Wars Than With Sci-Fi?

Lance Cpl. Steven West steps into a remote enemy hideout clad in a 350-pound exoskeleton, sensors piercing the darkness and displaying digital info on his helmet...

Wearables Could Soon Know You're Sick Before You Do
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Wearables Could Soon Know You're Sick Before You Do

Consumer wearables, which track simple metrics such as step counts and heart rates, have the potential to provide actionable health data, according to Stanford...

Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game
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Microsoft Thinks Machines Can Learn to Converse by Making Chat a Game

Microsoft is buying a deep learning startup based in Montreal, a global hub for deep learning research.

Darpa's Off-Roaders Ditch Windows for a Digital World View
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Darpa's Off-Roaders Ditch Windows for a Digital World View

Autonomous warriors may dominate the battlefield of tomorrow, but even those that still require human flesh will take on a robotic sheen. That shift could start...

2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet
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2016: The Year That Deep Learning Took Over the Internet

On the west coast of Australia, Amanda Hodgson is launching drones out towards the Indian Ocean so that they can photograph the water from above.

The Year Encryption Won
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The Year Encryption Won

Between the revelations of mega-hacks of Yahoo and others, Russia's meddling in the US electoral system, and the recent spike in ransomware, it's easy to look at...

Intel Bets It Can Turn Everyday Silicon into Quantum Computing's Wonder Material
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Intel Bets It Can Turn Everyday Silicon into Quantum Computing's Wonder Material

Sometimes the solution to a problem is staring you in the face all along.

Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR
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Google's Improbable Deal to Recreate the Real World in VR

Let a thousand virtual worlds rain down from the clouds. Or rather, the cloud.

7,500 Faceless Coders Paid in Bitcoin Built a Hedge Fund's Brain
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7,500 Faceless Coders Paid in Bitcoin Built a Hedge Fund's Brain

Richard Craib is a 29-year-old South African who runs a hedge fund in San Francisco. Or rather, he doesn't run it.

Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?
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Hacker Lexicon: What Is Perfect Forward Secrecy?

Encryption keeps your secrets, until it doesn't.

Europe Is Leading the Way in AI and Machine Learning (and Even Silicon Valley Wants In)
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Europe Is Leading the Way in AI and Machine Learning (and Even Silicon Valley Wants In)

Europe is either ahead of or on equal footing with the U.S. in terms of artificial intelligence, machine learning, and other technologies.

Google's Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results
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Google's Hand-Fed AI Now Gives Answers, Not Just Search Results

Ask the Google search app "What is the fastest bird on Earth?," and it will tell you.

How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair
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How Humans Can Force the Machines to Play Fair

Cynthia Dwork is best known for inventing "differential privacy," a set of techniques that safeguard the privacy of individuals in a large database.

Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You
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Great. Now Even Your Headphones Can Spy on You

Cautious computer users put a piece of tape over their webcam.

Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Are Remaking Themselves Around AI
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Google, Facebook, and Microsoft Are Remaking Themselves Around AI

Fei-Fei Li is a big deal in the world of AI. As the director of the Artificial Intelligence and Vision labs at Stanford University, she oversaw the creation of...

Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI
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Intel Looks to a New Chip to Power the Coming Age of AI

Microsoft researchers recently built an artificially intelligent system that seems to recognize conversational speech as effectively as a human.

VR Is Totally Changing How Architects Dream Up Buildings
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VR Is Totally Changing How Architects Dream Up Buildings

From the Lower Manhattan offices of New York architecture firm SHoP, you can explore buildings around the world—including ones that don't yet exist.

The Ocean's Robots May Soon Enjoy High-Speed Internet
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The Ocean's Robots May Soon Enjoy High-Speed Internet

A wireless communications network could soon enable autonomous underwater instruments to collect information, communicate, and transfer data at Internet speeds,

How to Block the Ultrasonic Signals You Didn't Know Were Tracking You
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How to Block the Ultrasonic Signals You Didn't Know Were Tracking You

Dystopian corporte surveillance threats today come at us from all directions. Companies offer "always-on" devices that listen for our voice commands, and marketers...

Inside Darpa's Plan to Make Old Aircraft Autonomous With Robot Arms
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Inside Darpa's Plan to Make Old Aircraft Autonomous With Robot Arms

There's a reason Tesla and its competitors use the term "autopilot" for their semi-autonomous cars: Aviation is way ahead of the auto industry when it comes to...
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