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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...

Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos
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Impact of Job-Stealing Robots a Growing Concern at Davos

Open markets and global trade have been blamed for job losses over the last decade, but global CEOs say the real culprits are increasingly machines.

In 2017, China Is Doubling Down on AI
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In 2017, China Is Doubling Down on AI

This year, China looks set to make larger waves than ever in artificial intelligence and augmented reality.

Back to the Future: Silicon May Work for Quantum Computing
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Back to the Future: Silicon May Work for Quantum Computing

Although I write a lot about quantum computing, I've not really paid much attention to performing quantum computations with silicon-based qubits. Luckily Stephanie...

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.

NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves
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NASA Is Making New Robots That Can Control Themselves

NASA wants humans and robots to work together as teams. 

Seeing the Quantum Future...Literally
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Seeing the Quantum Future...Literally

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia have utilized big data methods to predict how quantum systems will change and then preventively suppress decoherence...

Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks
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Mars Rover Curiosity Examines Possible Mud Cracks

Scientists used NASA's Curiosity Mars rover in recent weeks to examine slabs of rock cross-hatched with shallow ridges that likely originated as cracks in drying...

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...

Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course
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Who's Winning the Cyber War? The Squirrels, of Course


Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues
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Give Robots 'Personhood' Status, EU Committee Argues

The European parliament has urged the drafting of a set of regulations to govern the use and creation of robots and artificial intelligence, including a form of...

Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine
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Hackers Trigger Yet Another Power Outage in Ukraine


A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us
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A Darker Theme in Obama's Farewell: Automation Can Divide Us

Underneath the nostalgia and hope in President Obama's farewell address Tuesday night was a darker theme: the struggle to help the people on the losing end of technological...

N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications
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N.S.A. Gets More Latitude to Share Intercepted Communications

In its final days, the Obama administration has expanded the power of the National Security Agency to share globally intercepted personal communications with the...

Poker Play Begins in 'Brains vs. AI: Upping the Ante'
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Poker Play Begins in 'Brains vs. AI: Upping the Ante'

Play began Jan. 11 for "Brains Vs. Artificial Intelligence: Upping the Ante," a competition at Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh that pits a Carnegie Mellon University...

Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon
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Huygens: 'Ground Truth' From an Alien Moon

After a two-and-a-half-hour descent, the metallic, saucer-shaped spacecraft came to rest with a thud on a dark floodplain covered in cobbles of water ice, in temperatures...

DOD Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones
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DOD Successfully Tests Terrifying Swarm of 104 Micro-Drones

The Department of Defense has released video of a test of swarming drones conducted in the skies over the US Navy's test range at Naval Air Weapons Station China...

He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now
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He Helped Create the 'Google Brain.' Here's What He Thinks About AI Now

Trucks that can drive themselves along delivery routes. Computers capable of defeating world champions in a notoriously complex game. Apps that can translate sentences...

Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready for It
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Robots Will Destroy Our Jobs, and We're Not Ready for It

The McDonald's on the corner of Third Avenue and 58th Street in New York City doesn/t look all that different from any of the fast-food chain's other locations...

Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard
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Black Holes Hide in Our Cosmic Backyard

Monster black holes sometimes lurk behind gas and dust, hiding from the gaze of most telescopes. But they give themselves away when material they feed on emits...
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