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How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016?
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How Risky Are the World Economic Forum's Top 10 Emerging Technologies for 2016?

Take an advanced technology. Add a twist of fantasy. Stir well, and watch the action unfold.

Inverse Privacy
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Inverse Privacy

Seeking a market-based solution to the problem of a person's unjustified inaccessibility to their private information.

Turing's Red Flag
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Turing's Red Flag

A proposal for a law to prevent artificial intelligence systems from being mistaken for humans.

Machines that Talk to Us May Soon Sense Our Feelings, Too
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Machines that Talk to Us May Soon Sense Our Feelings, Too

After great promise in the 1960s that machines would soon think like humans, progress stalled for decades. Only in the past 10 years or so has research picked up...

Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule
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Big Data Analytics and Revision of the Common Rule

Reconsidering traditional research ethics given the emergence of big data analytics.

How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World
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How Charles Bachman Invented the DBMS, a Foundation of Our Digital World

His 1963 Integrated Data Store set the template for all subsequent database management systems.

<i>Apple v. Samsung</i> and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?
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Apple v. Samsung and the Upcoming Design Patent Wars?

Assessing an important recent design patent infringement court decision.

Self-Driving Cars Could Flip the Auto Insurance Industry on Its Head
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Self-Driving Cars Could Flip the Auto Insurance Industry on Its Head

As the driverless car gets closer to reality, so too does the dilemma of how to insure the car and its owner.

Bringing Precision to the AI Safety Discussion
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Bringing Precision to the AI Safety Discussion

We believe that AI technologies are likely to be overwhelmingly useful and beneficial for humanity. But part of being a responsible steward of any new technology...

AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On
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AI Doomsayer Says His Ideas Are Catching On

Oxford University philosophy professor Nick Bostrom says major tech companies are listening to his warnings about investing in "AI safety" research.

Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages
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Here's Your Chance to Decode President Lincoln's Secret Messages

On April 12, 1865—three days after Gen. Robert E. Lee surrendered at Appomattox and two days before President Abraham Lincoln was assassinated—the president sent...

The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia
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The Lopsided Geography of Wikipedia

Think about how often, in the course of a week, you visit Wikipedia.

Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream
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Basic Income: A Sellout of the American Dream

Matt Krisiloff is in a small, glass-walled conference room off the lobby of Y Combinator’s office in San Francisco's South of Market neighborhood, shouting distance...

Orlando Shows the Limits of Facebook's Terror Policing
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Orlando Shows the Limits of Facebook's Terror Policing

Both leading up to and during his deadly assault on Orlando night club Pulse, Omar Mateen accessed his Facebook account.

Too Cute for Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts
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Too Cute for Their Own Good, Robots Get Self-Defense Instincts

At a shopping mall here one recent Friday, six-year-old Ruby Dowling made friends with a friendly egg-shaped robot.

It'll Be Very Hard for Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter
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It'll Be Very Hard for Terrorism Victim's Family to Win Lawsuit Against Twitter

Legal experts say that it will be an uphill battle for the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit this week against Twitter, Facebook, and Google.

The Physicist Who Studies ISIS Communities Online
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The Physicist Who Studies ISIS Communities Online

Neil Johnson, a physicist at the University of Miami in Florida, studies patterns that emerge in complex systems.

For the Golden State Warriors, Brain-Zapping Could Provide an Edge
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For the Golden State Warriors, Brain-Zapping Could Provide an Edge

Back in March, James Michael McAdoo, the power forward for the Golden State Warriors, tweeted out a photo of himself in the training room, sporting a pair of slick...

Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots
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Losing Control: The Dangers of Killer Robots

New technology could lead humans to relinquish control over decisions to use lethal force.
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