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Marconi Forged Today's Interconnected World of Communication
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Marconi Forged Today's Interconnected World of Communication

At Guglielmo Marconi's grand state funeral in Rome in 1937—orchestrated with military-style pomp by the black-shirted Benito Mussolini—the largest wreath on the...

How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind
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How Alan Turing Found Machine Thinking in the Human Mind

In 1935, Alan Turing set out to build a reputation by outflanking the world's leading mathematician.

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...

I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm
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I'm the First Quadriplegic Person to Regain Thought-Control of My Arm

I'm the first quadriplegic person in the world to use my own thoughts to control my own arm. It's a pretty neat experience.

Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever
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Explosive Golf Video Game Has the Best Physics Simulation Ever

Before teeing off, I take a few seconds to line up the shot.

What Digital Trash Dumped in Games Tells Us About the Players
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What Digital Trash Dumped in Games Tells Us About the Players

A strawberry Christmas cake, sexy pants, a pool table, three red jet planes, a hippy bandana, a dog sled, a jetpack, a pair of Adidas trainers, a Tudor throne,an...

The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant
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The Hot New Job in Silicon Valley Is Being a Robot's Assistant

"I, for one, welcome our new robot overlords." So goes the joke every time artificial intelligence threatens to supersede humans in another job.

The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn
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The Master Algorithm: A World Remade By Machines that Learn

Pedro Domingos's new book is a compelling but rather unquestioning insider view of the search for the ultimate in machine learning.

How the Scariest Video Games Use Our Own Minds to Terrify Us
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How the Scariest Video Games Use Our Own Minds to Terrify Us

I think he’s gone—Oh! He's not gone he’s not gone no no no he’s not gone oh Jesus Christ look at his face

I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code
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I've Taught Computers to Paint Portraits — and How to Code

Falmouth University professor Simon Colton works with software that behaves in ways that would be deemed creative if observed in humans. In an interview, Colton...

Psychiatry Is Reinventing Itself Thanks to Advances in Biology
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Psychiatry Is Reinventing Itself Thanks to Advances in Biology

A revolution is under way in psychiatry. The science underpinning this discipline has in the past shifted from psychology to pharmacology, and now it is changing...

David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?
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David and Goliath: What Do We Do About Surveillance?

"Dear subscriber, you have been registered as a participant in a mass disturbance."

Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster
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Virtual Zombie Apocalypse Can Prepare Us for Disaster

Why use online games to study our responses to catastrophic events?

Work in an Age of Robots
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Work in an Age of Robots

What you are about to read was written by a human. Honest.

Ex Machina: Quest to Create an AI Takes No Prisoners
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Ex Machina: Quest to Create an AI Takes No Prisoners

It's a rare thing to see a movie about science that takes no prisoners intellectually.

Fear Artificial Stupidity, Not Artificial Intelligence
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Fear Artificial Stupidity, Not Artificial Intelligence

It is not often that you are obliged to proclaim a much-loved genius wrong, but in his alarming prediction on artificial intelligence and the future of humankind...

Forget Turing—I Want to Test Computer Creativity
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Forget Turing—I Want to Test Computer Creativity

What are the elements of the Turing test?

Get Your Head Around the 13 Boldest Ideas in Science
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Get Your Head Around the 13 Boldest Ideas in Science

Science is full of mind-blowing and counterintuitive concepts.

How Big Data Algorithms See Us—While They Eat Us Up
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How Big Data Algorithms See Us—While They Eat Us Up

Four years ago I interviewed Sam Yagan, then CEO of OKCupid, about the mathematics underlying his free matchmaking site.

What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground
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What It's Like to Fly Passenger Planes from the Ground

Bob Fraser explains what it feels like to pilot a Jetstream airliner containing passengers on 800-kilometre trips from his desk at BAE Systems in Warton, U.K.
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