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China Becomes One of the Top 5 ­.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time
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China Becomes One of the Top 5 ­.s. Patent Recipients For the First Time

Chinese companies have increased the number of U.S. patents they've received by tenfold in less than 10 years, another sign that the world's second-largest economy...

Can America's Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? 
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Can America's Power Grid Survive an Electromagnetic Attack? 

Last month, federal agencies and utility executives held GridEx IV, a biennial event where officials responsible for hundreds of local utilities game out scenarios...

How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda
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How Facebook's Political ­nit Enables the Dark Art of Digital Propaganda

Under fire for Facebook Inc.'s role as a platform for political propaganda, co-founder Mark Zuckerberg has punched back, saying his mission is above partisanship...

How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street
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How AI Will Invade Every Corner of Wall Street

It was AI versus Warren Buffett.

Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'we Know the Thing Works Now' 
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Blockchain Gets a Wall Street Win: 'we Know the Thing Works Now' 

The prospect of blockchain technology remaking financial services just moved a step closer to reality after banks including Goldman Sachs Group Inc. and JPMorgan...

This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World
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This Company's Robots Are Making Everything, and Reshaping the World

The headquarters of Fanuc sit in the shadow of Mt. Fuji, on a sprawling, secluded campus of 22 windowless factories and dozens of office buildings.

Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay
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Google, Facebook and Twitter scramble to Hold Washington at Bay

Google summoned about 200 policy staff from around the world last month for a debate on whether the company's size has made it too attractive as a target for government...

'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street
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'mind-Boggling' Math Could Make Blockchain Work For Wall Street

A major breakthrough in cryptography may have solved one of the biggest obstacles to using blockchain technology on Wall Street: keeping transaction data private...

IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers
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IBM Makes Breakthrough in Race to Commercialize Quantum Computers

Recent experiments utilized a method that could enable quantum computers to perform  calculations beyond the capabilities of today's most powerful supercomputers...

Brain-Computer Interfaces Are Already Here
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Brain-Computer Interfaces Are Already Here

A growing number of organizations are attempting to make thought-controlled sense, control, communication, and action a reality by developing brain-computer interfaces...

Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano
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Mark Sagar Made a Baby in His Lab. Now It Plays the Piano

People get up to weird things in New Zealand.

These Robots Are ­sing Static Electricity to Make Nikes
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These Robots Are ­sing Static Electricity to Make Nikes

The most labor intensive part of putting together a pair of Nikes is assembling the "upper"—the flexible part of the shoe that sits on top of your foot.

China's Plan For World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All
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China's Plan For World Domination in AI Isn't So Crazy After All

Xu Li's software scans more faces than maybe any on earth. He has the Chinese police to thank.

China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan
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China's Got a Huge Artificial Intelligence Plan

China aims to make the artificial intelligence industry a "new, important" driver of economic expansion by 2020, according to a development plan issued by the State...

Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future
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Embattled German Industrials Pursue the Factory of the Future

The clanking, hulking factory in a rural patch of northwest Germany that produces 22-ton combine harvesters has lately been turning out machines with a technical...

French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test
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French Election Is Facebook's Fake News Litmus Test

In the run-up to the first round of the French presidential election, the country's social media was awash in press reports of dubious origin.

Inside China's Plans For World Robot Domination
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Inside China's Plans For World Robot Domination

Scenes from China's quest to dominate the robotic future: At startup E-Deodar, a human-looking droid serves coffee to employees who are building $15,000 industrial...

Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto
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Don't Worry, Driverless Cars Are Learning From Grand Theft Auto

In the race to the autonomous revolution, developers have realized there aren't enough hours in a day to clock the real-world miles needed to teach cars how to...

Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker
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Inside the 20-Year Quest to Build Computers That Play Poker

Four of the best professional poker players in the world spent most of January holed up at the Rivers Casino in Pittsburgh, losing.

Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power
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Silicon Valley Reckons With Its Political Power

On Sept. 12, 2016, there was a momentary realignment in the constellation of global business.
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