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How Amazon Triggered a Robot Arms Race
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How Amazon Triggered a Robot Arms Race

An Amazon warehouse is a flurry of activity.

Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot
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Google Tackles Challenge of How to Build an Honest Robot

Google can see a future where robots help us unload the dishwasher and sweep the floor. The challenge is making sure they don’t inadvertently knock over a vase—or...

How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry
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How the Constant Threat of War Shaped Israel's Tech Industry

Unit 8200 is Israel's most mysterious agency. No one outside knows exactly how it operates, who works there, or how they learn.

Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash
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Inside the Secret Meeting Where Wall Street Tested Digital Cash

On a recent Monday in April, more than 100 executives from some of the world's largest financial institutions gathered for a private meeting at the Times Square...

On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders
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On This Waterfront, Robot Longshoremen Are the New Contenders

On one end of a dock at America's busiest port, tractor-trailers haul containers through dense, stop-and-go traffic. Sometimes they collide.

Senators' Encryption Measure Adds New Fuel to Apple-Fbi Debate
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Senators' Encryption Measure Adds New Fuel to Apple-Fbi Debate

Technology and Internet companies would have to provide government agencies with access to data when served with a court order under long-awaited draft legislation...

What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?
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What Happens When the Surveillance State Becomes an Affordable Gadget?

When Daniel Rigmaiden was a little boy, his grandfather, a veteran of World War II and Korea, used to drive him along the roads of Monterey, California, playing...

How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary
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How Google Searches Pretty Much Nailed the New Hampshire Primary

Google's ability to look into the future of political contests just notched another win: New Hampshire.

How Microsoft's Video Game Tech Could Help Ms Patients
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How Microsoft's Video Game Tech Could Help Ms Patients

Microsoft, working with Novartis and three multiple sclerosis clinics in Europe, has created a prototype intelligent-camera system to track the disease's progress...

How to Get Online in Cuba
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How to Get Online in Cuba

Every afternoon, crowds of Cubans gather outside Havana's top hotels—mob boss Meyer Lansky's favorite Nacional de Cuba, Ernest Hemingway's old haunt Ambos Mundos...

The First Person to Hack the Iphone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage
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The First Person to Hack the Iphone Built a Self-Driving Car. In His Garage

A few days before Thanksgiving, George Hotz, a 26-year-old hacker, invites me to his house in San Francisco to check out a project he’s been working on.

Zero to Expert in Eight Hours: These Robots Can Learn For Themselves
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Zero to Expert in Eight Hours: These Robots Can Learn For Themselves

A yellow robotic arm pauses over a pile of metal cylinders, snaps a photo, then proceeds to confidently pick pieces out of the jumble.

Apple's Deep Learning Curve
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Apple's Deep Learning Curve

In the world of artificial intelligence, one of the year's biggest coming-out parties is the Neural Information Processing Systems conference.

Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines
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Google Turning Its Lucrative Web Search Over to AI Machines

When Google-parent Alphabet Inc. reported eye-popping earnings last week its executives couldn’t stop talking up the company's investments in machine learning and...

A Stanford Professor's Quest to Fix Driverless Cars' Major Flaw
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A Stanford Professor's Quest to Fix Driverless Cars' Major Flaw

Stanford University professor Chris Gerdes is exploring the issue of programming the computer systems of automated cars with ethical decision-making.

A Peek Inside Google's Efforts to Create a General-Purpose Robot
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A Peek Inside Google's Efforts to Create a General-Purpose Robot

Videos of Google-owned robots, some that look like mechanical bulls and others resembling humanoids from sci-fi movies, have been viewed more than 90 million times...

The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers
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The Jocks of Computer Code Do It For the Job Offers

At 21, Gennady Vladimirovich Korotkevich is already a legend. Tourist, as he's known online, is now the world's top sport programmer.

How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?
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How Much of Your Audience Is Fake?


You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football
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You Aren't Good Enough to Win Money Playing Daily Fantasy Football

Every first-time player of daily fantasy football begins the new season undefeated, just like even the most hopeless NFL teams.

This Preschool Is For Robots
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This Preschool Is For Robots

On the seventh floor of Berkeley's technology research hall, a bright blue and yellow plastic ray gun sits on a long table, along with wooden spoons, model planes...
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