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A Social Network for Talkers
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A Social Network for Talkers

No group needs social network software more than the elderly.

Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?
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Is Facial Recognition Tech Really a Threat to Privacy?

Facebook has decided not to offer its photo-sharing app Moments in Europe because of regulator concerns over its facial recognition technology.

The Moment I Decided Robots Were As Interesting As Humans
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The Moment I Decided Robots Were As Interesting As Humans

When I was little, I was enamored with the idea of being a pioneer; I was drawn to the thought that I could be the first to do something—be a trailblazer, the forerunner...

Intelligent Life in the Universe? Phone Home, Dammit!
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Intelligent Life in the Universe? Phone Home, Dammit!

We've been conditioned by television and movies to accept the likelihood of intelligent life elsewhere in the universe.

Beware the Listening Machines
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Beware the Listening Machines

One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I'm intrigued by, but know nothing about.

The Latest Oculus Headset Made Me Want to Throw Up. In a Good Way.
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The Latest Oculus Headset Made Me Want to Throw Up. In a Good Way.

Virtual reality and its viability as a consumer technology is a huge theme at this year's Electronic Entertainment Expo, a Los Angeles convention for the video...

Fixating on Exascale Performance Only Is a Bad Idea
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Fixating on Exascale Performance Only Is a Bad Idea

A concentration on realizing exascale computing performance to the exclusion of all else will not address the grand societal and scientific challenges, according...

How the Astros Baseball Hack Explains Chinese Cyberespionage
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How the Astros Baseball Hack Explains Chinese Cyberespionage

Two major cybersecurity scandals are currently making headlines: One is the hack of an internal network belonging to a Major League Baseball team, allegedly bya...

What's It Like at a Top-Tier Conservatory? There's an App for That
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What's It Like at a Top-Tier Conservatory? There's an App for That

The world of education has become a rapidly expanding universe.

Who Will Own the Robots?
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Who Will Own the Robots?

The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."  

No One Questions Google's Ability to Innovate, So Why Do Its Moonshots Look Like Money Pits?
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No One Questions Google's Ability to Innovate, So Why Do Its Moonshots Look Like Money Pits?

Consider a question that we have been puzzling over at the World Economic Forum.

Why the OPM Breach Is Such a Security and Privacy Debacle
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Why the OPM Breach Is Such a Security and Privacy Debacle

If it's not already a maxim, it should be: Every big hack discovered will eventually prove to be more serious than first believed.

Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.
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Facial Recognition Technology Is Everywhere. It May Not Be Legal.

Being anonymous in public might be a thing of the past.

Americans Resigned to Giving Up Their Privacy, Says Study
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Americans Resigned to Giving Up Their Privacy, Says Study

I am not fond of depressing you. So I'm going to leave it to a new study performed by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School For Communication.

Stop Laughing at Those Clumsy Humanoid Robots
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Stop Laughing at Those Clumsy Humanoid Robots

The humanoid robot, built like a linebacker with an oversized head, tiptoes on two feet through the dirt.

What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy
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What Apple's Tim Cook Overlooked in His Defense of Privacy

Timothy D. Cook, Apple's chief executive, delivered a speech last week that raised some eyebrows in the technology industry.

Will We Ever… Speak Faster Than Light Speed?
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Will We Ever… Speak Faster Than Light Speed?

Light travels so fast it can make the transatlantic journey between London and New York more than 50 times each second. With speed like that, you might wonder why...

The Pluto Punch-Through
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The Pluto Punch-Through

On July 14, 2015 NASA's New Horizons spacecraft finally reaches Pluto. But the encounter is brief.

Why Robots and Humans Struggled with DARPA's Challenge
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Why Robots and Humans Struggled with DARPA's Challenge

When some of the world's most advanced rescue robots are foiled by nothing more complex than a doorknob, you get a good sense of the challenge of making our homes...

The Myth of a Borderless Internet
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The Myth of a Borderless Internet

Almost a decade ago now, McDonald's made a seemingly innocuous decision.
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