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Out of Control AI Will Not Kill ­s, Believes Microsoft Research Chief
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Out of Control AI Will Not Kill ­s, Believes Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research chief Eric Horvitz thinks Artificial Intelligence systems eventually could achieve consciousness, but he doubts they could become a threat to...

AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief
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AI Will Not Kill ­s, Says Microsoft Research Chief

Microsoft Research's chief has said he thinks artificial intelligence systems could achieve consciousness, but has played down the threat to human life.

Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality
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Back-­p Brains: The Era of Digital Immortality

A few months before she died, my grandmother made a decision.

The Daunting Challenge of Reporting on Cyberwar
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The Daunting Challenge of Reporting on Cyberwar

The US and UK are soon to take part in cyber war games, testing each other out for when the inevitable real cyberwar kicks off.

The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s
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The Hidden Ways Traffic Flows Around ­s

Get in your car and drive.

Can the Government Ban Encryption?
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Can the Government Ban Encryption?

Whenever the terrorist threat is increased, as it has been since the tragic events in Paris last week, so too are the calls from politicians to increase the powers...

Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault
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Nasa to Hack Mars Rover Opportunity to Fix 'amnesia' Fault

The Mars rover Opportunity is having memory problems that the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration will try to fix remotely. 

How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow
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How to Design the Fighter Cockpit of Tomorrow

If you think your office needs a lick of paint and some new furniture, spare a thought for fighter pilots.

Are These the Five Craziest Space Missions?
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Are These the Five Craziest Space Missions?

The landing of the Philae Lander—on a comet travelling at 135,000km/h (84,000mph)—has been hailed as the start of a new chapter in space exploration.

The 12 Missions of Christmas
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The 12 Missions of Christmas

In July 1965, Mariner 4 became the first space probe to send back pictures of another world from space. Fifty years on, not only do several spacecraft orbit the...

The Surprising ­ses of Games Controllers
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The Surprising ­ses of Games Controllers

Games controllers can end up in the strangest places.

Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat
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Food: The Rarely Seen Robots That Package What We Eat

Last July, while touring a jelly bean factory, I came upon a startling sight.

Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind
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Stephen Hawking Warns Artificial Intelligence Could End Mankind

British theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking says he worries about the potential dangers of artificial intelligence.

Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?
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Can Internet Companies Monitor Terrorists?

Facebook is saying little apart from the fact that "we do not allow terrorist content on the site and take steps to prevent people from using our service for these...

Museum Switches on Historic Computer
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Museum Switches on Historic Computer

A project to recreate one of Britain's pioneering computers has reached a key milestone.

:-O: The Surprising Power of Emoticons
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:-O: The Surprising Power of Emoticons

It all started with an awkward moment online. In the early 1980s, computer scientist Scott Fahlman realised his words were failing him.

Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant
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Seven Steps to Creating a Brain Implant

The brain is one of the most delicate and complex objects in the universe, so tinkering with its activity may seem like a fool's errand.

Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing
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Rosetta: Concerns For Comet Lander After ­neven Landing

The lander bounced twice, initially about 1km back out into space, before settling in the shadow of a cliff, 1km from its intended target site.

'more Diverse' Emoji Faces Planned
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'more Diverse' Emoji Faces Planned

Emoji face icons could soon reflect greater racial diversity.

Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids
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Dark Net Experts Trade Theories on 'de-Cloaking' After Raids

The hidden web community has started trying to find out how services and identities were compromised after police raids led to 17 arrests.
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