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Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix
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Peer Review Has Its Shortcomings, But AI Is a Risky Fix

We should think twice before allowing autonomous AI systems to decide what research warrants publication.

Reality Bites: Learning the Future of V.R. at Sundance
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Reality Bites: Learning the Future of V.R. at Sundance

Standing in a pink desert landscape, I looked down and realized I'd become a robot, with skinny metal legs and pincers for hands.

Explaining the Upside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer
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Explaining the Upside and Downside of D-Wave's New Quantum Computer

D-Wave, a company based in British Columbia, has announced a new version of its quantum annealer: the D-Wave 2000Q. As the name suggests, the number of bits has...

Stop Scapegoating, Start Educating
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Stop Scapegoating, Start Educating

As we look ahead to the Trump presidency, instead of scapegoating, we need significant investments in a sustainable education strategy that prepares youths to effectively...

The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers
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The Ultimate Cure for the Fake-News Epidemic Will Be More Skeptical Readers

"Pope Francis Shocks World, Endorses Donald Trump for President." "FBI Agent Suspected in Hillary Email Leaks Found Dead of Apparent Murder-Suicide." "Rush Reveals...

We Rely on the Government for Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'Alternative Facts'?
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We Rely on the Government for Lots of Data. What Happens to That in the Trump Era of 'Alternative Facts'?

During the first 24 hours of the Trump administration, the new White House took a clear, firm stand against publicly available information.

Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News, And the President's Tweets
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Fake Think Tanks Fuel Fake News, And the President's Tweets

Fake news isn't just Macedonian teenagers or internet trolls.

Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars
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Curiosity Finds An(other) Alien Visitor on Mars

The Curiosity rover has been on Mars since Aug. 6, 2012.

AI Dangers
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AI Dangers: Imagined and Real

Arguing against the arguments for the concept of the singularity.

Smart Machines Are Not a Threat to Humanity
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Smart Machines Are Not a Threat to Humanity

Worrying about machines that are too smart distracts us from the real and present threat from machines that are too dumb.

User-Centric Distributed Solutions for Privacy-Preserving Analytics
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User-Centric Distributed Solutions for Privacy-Preserving Analytics

How can cryptography empower users with sensitive data to access large-scale computing platforms in a privacy-preserving manner?

The Unholy Trinity of Software Development
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The Unholy Trinity of Software Development

Tests, documentation, and code.

Fostering Creativity Through Computing
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Fostering Creativity Through Computing

How creative thinking tools and computing can be used to support creative human endeavors.

The Future of the Internet of Things
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The Future of the Internet of Things

The IoT can become ubiquitous worldwide — if the pursuit of systemic trustworthiness can overcome the potential risks.

How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch
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How to Sit Courtside at a Basketball Game Without Leaving Your Couch

One of the promises that virtual reality offered was that we'd all be able to watch "courtside" sports games without having to leave our couches.

Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil
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Connected Devices Give Spies a Powerful New Way to Surveil

There is little doubt that the web is the greatest gift that any intelligence agency could have ever asked for.

When It Comes to Safety, Autonomous Cars Are Still 'Teen Drivers'
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When It Comes to Safety, Autonomous Cars Are Still 'Teen Drivers'

Automakers ask drivers to trust and share U.S. roadways with autonomous vehicles, but there is no easy answer as to when they will be considered "safe."

Just in Time for Trump, the NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules
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Just in Time for Trump, the NSA Loosens Its Privacy Rules

As the privacy and civil liberty community braces for Donald Trump's impending control of US intelligence agencies like the NSA, critics have called on the Obama...

My God. It's Full of Black Holes.
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My God. It's Full of Black Holes.

The image above doesn’t look like much at a glance, does it?

At CES 2017, You Have to Ask: What Makes a Robot a Robot?
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At CES 2017, You Have to Ask: What Makes a Robot a Robot?

Tall, small, dancing, singing, cleaning, sassy, silly, cute and scary—CES 2017 was awash with robots.
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