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Finally, a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees
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Finally, a Useful Application for VR: Training Employees

If you've ever been inside a Walmart during the annual frenzy known as Black Friday, you know there's no way to truly prepare yourself for the crushing crowds and...

More Evidence That Humans and Machines Are Better When They Team Up
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More Evidence That Humans and Machines Are Better When They Team Up

Instead of just fretting about how robots and AI will eliminate jobs, we should explore new ways for humans and machines to collaborate, says Daniela Rus, director...

Andrew Ng Wants a New 'New Deal' to Combat Job Automation
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Andrew Ng Wants a New 'New Deal' to Combat Job Automation

Andrew Ng, formerly the head of AI for Chinese search giant Baidu and, before that, creator of Google's deep-learning Brain project, knows as well as anyone that...

Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?
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Is Technology About to Decimate White-Collar Work?

Kai-Fu Lee, one of China's best-known technologists and investors, thinks artificial intelligence is about to supplant many millions of the country's office workers...

Eugenics 2.0: We're at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More
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Eugenics 2.0: We're at the Dawn of Choosing Embryos by Health, Height, and More

Nathan Treff was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes at 24. It's a disease that runs in families, but it has complex causes. More than one gene is involved. And the...

Why Hedge Funds Are Already Experimenting with Quantum Computers
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Why Hedge Funds Are Already Experimenting with Quantum Computers

Hedge funds are flirting with the idea of using quantum computers in an attempt to give their analysis a speed boost.

Building Tomorrow's Robots
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Building Tomorrow's Robots

When Brandon Araki arrived at MIT in 2015 as a master's candidate in mechanical engineering, he brought along the picobug, a tiny robot that can fly, crawl, and...

How We Feel About Robots That Feel
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How We Feel About Robots That Feel

Octavia, a humanoid robot designed to fight fires on Navy ships, has mastered an impressive range of facial expressions.

Quantum Inside: Intel Manufactures an Exotic New Chip
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Quantum Inside: Intel Manufactures an Exotic New Chip

Intel has begun manufacturing chips for quantum computers.

Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain
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Inside the Moonshot Effort to Finally Figure Out the Brain

"Here's the problem with artificial intelligence today," says David Cox.

China's AI Awakening
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China's AI Awakening

On a tropical island that marks the southern tip of China, a computer program called Lengpudashi is playing one-on-one poker against a dozen people at once, and...

Colleges Are Marketing Drone Pilot Courses, but the Career Opportunities are Murky
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Colleges Are Marketing Drone Pilot Courses, but the Career Opportunities are Murky

Hot-air balloon pilot Richard Varney typically spends his weekends transporting tourists around central Massachusetts in a huge, multicolored balloon. But on a...

Governments Are Testing Their Own Cryptocurrencies
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Governments Are Testing Their Own Cryptocurrencies

Government bankers across the world believe blockchain technology has the potential to replace cash and make other payment systems more efficient.

IBM and MIT Bet That Materials and Quantum Advances Will Supercharge AI
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IBM and MIT Bet That Materials and Quantum Advances Will Supercharge AI

A new $240 million center at MIT may help advance the field of artificial intelligence by developing novel devices and materials to power the latest machine-learning...

Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles
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Hackers Are the Real Obstacle for Self-Driving Vehicles

Before autonomous trucks and taxis hit the road, manufacturers will need to solve problems far more complex than collision avoidance and navigation (see "10 Breakthrough...

The Myth of the Skills Gap
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The Myth of the Skills Gap

The contention that America's workers lack the skills employers demand is an article of faith among analysts, politicians, and pundits of every stripe, from conservative...

The Enduring Legacy of Zork
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The Enduring Legacy of Zork

In 1977, four recent MIT graduates who'd met at MIT's Laboratory for Computer Science used the lab's PDP-10 mainframe to develop a computer game that captivated...

A Cancer 'Atlas' to Predict How Patients Will Fare
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A Cancer 'Atlas' to Predict How Patients Will Fare

Understanding the genetic changes in tumors that distinguish the most lethal cancers from more benign ones could help doctors better treat patients.

Meet the Company That's Using Face Recognition to Reshape China's Tech Scene
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Meet the Company That's Using Face Recognition to Reshape China's Tech Scene

In China, face recognition is transforming many aspects of daily life.

Biological Teleporter Could Seed Life Through Galaxy
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Biological Teleporter Could Seed Life Through Galaxy

The first biological teleporter sits in a lab on the lower level of the San Diego building that houses Synthetic Genomics Inc. (SGI), looking something like a super...
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