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There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research
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There Is a Blind Spot in AI Research

This week, the White House published its report on the future of artificial intelligence (AI)—a product of four workshops held between May and July 2016 in Seattle...

Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes
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Obama's Concerned an AI Could Hack America's Nukes

During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama has seen hackers grow into a threat no president has faced before.

Welcome Your New Robot Overlords: Humans
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Welcome Your New Robot Overlords: Humans

I became a robot.

Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security
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Ron Wyden Discusses Encryption, Data Privacy and Security

Ron Wyden, U.S. senator from Oregon and a member of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, recently talked about the privacy-versus-security debate.

Russian Hacking Crisis Tests Obama's Nerve
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Russian Hacking Crisis Tests Obama's Nerve

President Barack Obama came under immediate pressure Friday night to punish Russia for hacking into US political institutions—with calls to rally European allies...

Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era
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Surveillance in the Post-Obama Era

During his 2008 campaign, President Obama vowed to assert greater oversight of the massive surveillance apparatus built in the wake of the Sept. 11 attacks, arguing...

Google Is Listening
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Google Is Listening

You know the cliché that if you're not paying for the product, you are the product?

Can a Chatbot Teach You a Foreign Language? Duolingo Thinks So
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Can a Chatbot Teach You a Foreign Language? Duolingo Thinks So

Chatbots suck.

Would It Be Ethical to Implant False Memories in Therapy?
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Would It Be Ethical to Implant False Memories in Therapy?

Take a moment to remember an event that you experienced as a child.

Desperately Seeking the Nobel Prize for Computer Science
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Desperately Seeking the Nobel Prize for Computer Science

In its 115-year history, the Nobel Prize has endured just one innovation — the prize for economic sciences. It could use an update. It needs a dedicated prize for...

The Problem With Google's 'Star Trek' Computer
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The Problem With Google's 'Star Trek' Computer

Google is hoping to develop its Assistant, a Siri-like technology to be included on the company's new smartphones and other products, into something like the computer...

Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes
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Why Big Pharma Wants to Collect 2 Million Genomes

Five months after announcing its intentions to gather genome sequences from 2 million people, pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca has selected geneticist David Goldstein...

An Ode to the Rosetta Spacecraft as It Flings Itself Into a Comet
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An Ode to the Rosetta Spacecraft as It Flings Itself Into a Comet

Today, the European Space Agency's Rosetta spacecraft will engage its thrusters for one final maneuver: a suicidal plunge toward the comet it has been orbiting...

Y2K 2.0: Is the U.S. Government Set to 'Give Away the Internet' Saturday?
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Y2K 2.0: Is the U.S. Government Set to 'Give Away the Internet' Saturday?

Remember the projected Y2K bug disaster? The world's computers would supposedly go haywire as the clock ticked to January 1, 2000, thus destroying the world and...

Why Data Is the New Coal
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Why Data Is the New Coal

"Is data the new oil?" asked proponents of big data back in 2012 in Forbes magazine. By 2016, and the rise of big data's turbo-powered cousin deep learning, westated Fortune...

Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow by 'Fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices
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Online Trackers Follow Our Digital Shadow by 'Fingerprinting' Browsers, Devices

As we surf from website to website, we are being tracked—that's not news. What is news, revealed in a recent paper by researchers at Princeton University, is that...

Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science
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Grading the Presidential Candidates on Science

Two weeks ago, Scientific American asked for your help in grading the presidential candidates on their answers to 20 questions about various aspects of scientific...

The Internet Is No Place for Public Elections
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The Internet Is No Place for Public Elections

Despite what your local election officials may tell you, you can’t trust the Internet with your vote.

What If the Aliens We Are Looking for Are AI?
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What If the Aliens We Are Looking for Are AI?

For more than a century we have been broadcasting our presence to the cosmos.

Ted Cruz Is Wrong About How Free Speech Is Censored on the Internet
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Ted Cruz Is Wrong About How Free Speech Is Censored on the Internet

Sen. Ted Cruz wants to engineer a United States takeover of a key Internet organization, ICANN, in the name of protecting freedom of expression.
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