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Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War for User Privacy
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Microsoft's President Explains the Company's Quiet Legal War for User Privacy

Apple's legal battle over encryption dominated headlines earlier this year, but another tech giant is fighting a quieter legal war over user privacy: Microsoft....

This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals
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This Guy Trains Computers to Find Future Criminals

When historians look back at the turmoil over prejudice and policing in the U.S. over the past few years, they're unlikely to dwell on the case of Eric Loomis.

In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves
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In Pursuit of Planes That Think for Themselves

Just how smart can an airplane be?

Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret
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Obama's Top Scientist Talks Shrinking Budgets, Donald Trump, and His Biggest Regret

John Holdren is no stranger to the spotlight. Over his long career in science, Holdren—a physicist by training—has worked on controversial issues such as climate...

Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet
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Documentary Explores The Cyber-War Secrets Of Stuxnet

Alex Gibney's new documentary, Zero Days, looks at the Stuxnet worm—a cyber weapon developed by the U.S. and Israel.

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...

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.

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.

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.

Q&A: John Chambers
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Q&A: John Chambers

Cisco Systems designs, makes, and sells the routers, switches, and other networking equipment with which businesses connect their computers, manage data centers...

A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'Dark Ages' of the Internet
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A Russian Cybersleuth Battles the 'Dark Ages' of the Internet

A sense of menace stirs right off the elevator on the fifth floor of Kaspersky Lab's Moscow headquarters, where a small television screen displays cyberthreatsa...

Kevin Kelly on Soft Singularity and Inevitable Tech Advances
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Kevin Kelly on Soft Singularity and Inevitable Tech Advances

Kevin Kelly knows technology can't be stopped.

Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare for Evil AI
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Checklist of Worst-Case Scenarios Could Help Prepare for Evil AI

Artificial intelligence—what's the worst that can happen? For Roman Yampolskiy, a computer scientist at the University of Louisville in Kentucky, the sky’s the...

Q&A: Finding New Directions in Cryptography
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Q&A: Finding New Directions in Cryptography

Whitfield Diffie and Martin Hellman on their meeting, their research, and the results that billions use every day.

An Interview with Yale Patt
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An Interview with Yale Patt

ACM Fellow Professor Yale Patt reflects on his career in industry and academia.

 NASA and the Author of 'The Martian' Tell Us Exactly How We'll Get to Mars
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NASA and the Author of 'The Martian' Tell Us Exactly How We'll Get to Mars

In "The Martian," Matt Damon plays a NASA astronaut who's been stranded on Mars and has to figure out how to survive until the space agency can devise a daring...

How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?
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How Will Virtual Reality Change Our Lives?

And it's not just gamers who are benefiting from the immersive possibilities it offers.

Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA
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Eske Willerslev Is Rewriting History With DNA

As a boy growing up in Denmark, Eske Willerslev could not wait to leave Gentofte, his suburban hometown. As soon as he was old enough, he would strike out for the...

Q&A: Hitomi Researchers Talk About Satellite's Tragic End and the Data It Sent Home
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Q&A: Hitomi Researchers Talk About Satellite's Tragic End and the Data It Sent Home

Three researchers from the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology, explain the circumstances of Hitomi's tragic accident and express their hopes...
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