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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic
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New AI Algorithm Beats Even the World's Worst Traffic

Researchers have developed an intelligent routing algorithm designed to minimize the occurrence of spontaneous traffic jams across a roadway network.

Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse
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Elon Musk's Billion-Dollar Crusade to Stop the A.I. Apocalypse

It was just a friendly little argument about the fate of humanity. Demis Hassabis, a leading creator of advanced artificial intelligence, was chatting with ...

Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker
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Inside the Hunt for Russia's Most Notorious Hacker

On the morning of December 30, the day after Barack Obama imposed sanctions on Russia for interfering in the 2016 US election, Tillmann Werner was sitting down...

Beta Boom
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Beta Boom

Crowdsourcing opens up opportunities for 'civilian' beta testers.

Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer
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Sorry, a Robot Is Not About to Replace Your Lawyer

Impressive advances in artificial intelligence technology tailored for legal work have led some lawyers to worry that their profession may be Silicon Valley's next...

Researchers Present Early Warning System for Mass Cyberattacks
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Researchers Present Early Warning System for Mass Cyberattacks

Researchers have developed an early warning system for massive distributed denial-of-service attacks.

In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)
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In Black Box Algorithms We Trust (or Do We?)

Some issues that arise from the use of algorithms may be due to the data they are fed, rather than their black-box nature.  

Doubts About Whether Internet Filters Protect Teenagers Online
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Doubts About Whether Internet Filters Protect Teenagers Online

Researchers surveyed 515 teenagers and their parents about whether they used technical tools to control or manage access to online content.

Why We Should Not Know Our Own Passwords
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Why We Should Not Know Our Own Passwords

There is active research transpiring in the area of unknowable password development.

Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It
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Tim Berners-Lee: I Invented the Web. Here Are Three Things We Need to Change to Save It

World Wide Web pioneer Sir Tim Berners-Lee warns of three trends to be overcome in order to sustain the Web as beneficial for everyone.

Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees
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Quantum Computer Learns to 'See' Trees

St. Mary's College researchers trained a quantum computer to recognize trees, a breakthrough they say could help scientists use other quantum systems for complicated...

Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career
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Girls Now Outnumber Boys in High School STEM, but Still Lag in College and Career

Although girls currently comprise about 50% of the enrollment in U.S. high school science and math classes, they still lag their male counterparts in college and...

Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.
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Can Amazon Echo Help Solve a Murder? Police Will Soon Find Out.

A 2015 Arkansas murder case that had raised privacy questions surrounding "always-on" electronic home devices took a step forward last week after Amazon agreed...

Researchers Can Predict Terrorist Behaviors With More Than 90 Percent Accuracy
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Researchers Can Predict Terrorist Behaviors With More Than 90 Percent Accuracy

The Networked Pattern Recognition Framework works to predict future terrorist behaviors by defining past attack patterns.

Predicting Lawsuits
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Predicting Lawsuits

Deep learning yields the ability to forecast the potential for litigation.

Robots Could Look, Feel 'Human' on the Outside
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Robots Could Look, Feel 'Human' on the Outside

Researchers say technology is available to enable robots to "wear" human tendons, muscle, and skin.

How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure
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How the CIA's Hacking Hoard Makes Everyone Less Secure

When Wikileaks yesterday released a trove of documents purporting to show how the CIA hacks everything from smartphones to PCs to smart televisions, the agency's...

Top Obstacles for Women in Technology
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Top Obstacles for Women in Technology

Women face major barriers when working in technology fields, including wage inequality compared to male colleagues, workplace gender bias, a shortage of female...

The Darknet Protects Itself by Being More Robust Against Attacks
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The Darknet Protects Itself by Being More Robust Against Attacks

Researchers have found the darknet is especially good at protecting users' privacy and anonymity because it can counter large cyberattacks on its own by spontaneously...

Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners
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Wikileaks: The CIA Is Using Popular TVs, Smartphones and Cars to Spy on Their Owners

The latest revelations about U.S. government's powerful hacking tools potentially takes surveillance right into the homes and hip pockets of billions of users worldwide...
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