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Google to Drop Pentagon AI Contract After Employee Objections to the 'Business of War'
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Google to Drop Pentagon AI Contract After Employee Objections to the 'Business of War'

Google will not seek to extend its contract next year with the Defense Department for artificial intelligence used to analyze drone video, squashing a controversial...

The Surprising Return of the Repo Man
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The Surprising Return of the Repo Man

The computer in the spotter car shouted "Hide!," and repo agent Derek Lewis knew that meant to keep driving like nothing had happened.

What the Life and Death of Cambridge Analytica Tells Us about Politics, and Ourselves
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What the Life and Death of Cambridge Analytica Tells Us about Politics, and Ourselves

The demise of Cambridge Analytica this week may bring a fleeting sense of relief to those worried about personal data being used to shape how they vote, or even...

Disney Unveils a Prototype Virtual-Reality Jacket to Simulate Hugs, Punches and a Snake Slithering Across Your Body
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Disney Unveils a Prototype Virtual-Reality Jacket to Simulate Hugs, Punches and a Snake Slithering Across Your Body

A big, green snake slithers up your body, squeezing your rib cage, but you're not afraid. It's strangely exhilarating.

Lawmakers Hope to Use Facebook's 'Oil Spill' Privacy Mishap to Usher In Sweeping New Laws
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Lawmakers Hope to Use Facebook's 'Oil Spill' Privacy Mishap to Usher In Sweeping New Laws

It was October 2010, and two members of Congress were furious with Facebook.

'Flippy,' the Fast Food Robot, Temporarily Decommissioned for Being Too Slow
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'Flippy,' the Fast Food Robot, Temporarily Decommissioned for Being Too Slow

After a single day of working as a cook at a Caliburger location in Pasadena this week, Flippy the burger-flipping robot has stopped flipping.

Don't Blame China, Mr. President. Blame the Robots.
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Don't Blame China, Mr. President. Blame the Robots.

Mr. President, if you're looking for someone to demonize for killing blue-collar jobs in your favorite industries, don't blame China and "bad trade deals." Blame...

Shake-Up at Facebook Highlights Tension in Race For AI
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Shake-Up at Facebook Highlights Tension in Race For AI

Facebook's hiring of French artificial-intelligence trailblazer Yann LeCun in 2013 to start its AI Research lab signaled that the social-media giant was serious...

China's Breathtaking Transformation Into a Scientific Superpower
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China's Breathtaking Transformation Into a Scientific Superpower

The National Science Foundation and the National Science Board have just released their biennial "Science & Engineering Indicators," a voluminous document describing...

Nsa Is Losing Top Talent At A Worrisome Rate
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Nsa Is Losing Top Talent At A Worrisome Rate

The U.S. National Security Agency is losing its top talent at a worrisome rate as highly skilled personnel take higher-paying, more flexible jobs in the private...

Va. Man Behind $20 Million H-1b Visa Fraud Faces Deportation After Prison
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Va. Man Behind $20 Million H-1b Visa Fraud Faces Deportation After Prison

A Virginia businessman who used shell companies to fraudulently apply for nearly a thousand foreign workers visas will spend 28 months in federal prison and then...

Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 
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Future Wars May Depend as Much on Algorithms as on Ammunition, Report Says. 

The Pentagon is increasingly focused on the notion that the might of U.S. forces will be measured as much by the advancement of their algorithms as by the ammunition...

Google Is Getting Pulled Into a Fight with Russia Over Rt and Sputnik
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Google Is Getting Pulled Into a Fight with Russia Over Rt and Sputnik

The Russian telecom regulator said Tuesday that it will retaliate against Google if the search giant lowers the search ranking of the Kremlin-backed news outlets...

Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads
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Twitter Bans Russian Government-Owned News Sites Rt and Sputnik from Buying Ads

Twitter is banning two Russian government-affiliated news sites from advertising on its platform, the social network said Thursday.

Why It's a Real Mistake to Count on a Cellphone When You Go Hiking
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Why It's a Real Mistake to Count on a Cellphone When You Go Hiking

Sarah Savage was alone in the woods and didn't know which way to turn.

Hurricane Irma Just Made a Digital Walkie-Talkie the No. 1 App Online
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Hurricane Irma Just Made a Digital Walkie-Talkie the No. 1 App Online

As Hurricane Harvey dropped anchor over Southeast Texas last week, Zello became the go-to app for rescuers working to save thousands of people trapped by floodwaters...

In Silicon Valley, the Right Sounds a Surprising Battle Cry: Regulate Tech Giants
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In Silicon Valley, the Right Sounds a Surprising Battle Cry: Regulate Tech Giants

A year ago, Andrew Torba would have balked at the idea of regulating the Internet.

'it Knew What You Were Going to Do Next': AI Learns from Pro Gamers, Then Crushes Them
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'it Knew What You Were Going to Do Next': AI Learns from Pro Gamers, Then Crushes Them

For decades, the world's smartest game-playing humans have been racking up losses to increasingly sophisticated forms of artificial intelligence.

Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice For Governments Across the World
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Spreading Fake News Becomes Standard Practice For Governments Across the World

Campaigns to manipulate public opinion through false or misleading social media postings have become standard political practice across much of the world, with...

Why Robots Won't Steal All Our Jobs
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Why Robots Won't Steal All Our Jobs

Don't worry. The robots won't destroy all our jobs. History suggests just the opposite—that new technologies inspire new jobs.
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