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Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own
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Future Delivery Drones Start Learning How to Fly on Their Own

Boston University researchers are developing ways to enable drones to learn how to fly on their own. 

Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score
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Inside China's Plan to Give Every Citizen a Character Score

Where you go, what you buy, who you know, how many points are on your driving licence, how your pupils rate you.

Can Software Suffer? Death and Pain in Digital Brains
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Can Software Suffer? Death and Pain in Digital Brains

The ability to digitally simulate physical systems such as the brain to avoid the ethical dilemmas of experimentation on living subjects creates new dilemmas.

AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game
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AI Football Manager Knows How Different Teams Play the Game

Who really calls the shots in team sports?

Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?
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Cyber Attack: How Easy Is It to Take Out a Smart City?

When is a smart city not so smart?

The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live
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The Rise of On-Body Cameras and How They Will Change How We Live

Shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court's blockbuster decision on marriage equality, a short YouTube video made the rounds online.

Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking
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Facebook Can Recognise You in Photos Even If You're Not Looking

Thanks to the latest advances in computer vision, we now have machines that can pick you out of a line-up. But what if your face is hidden from view?

Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street
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Face Recognition Row Over Right to Identify You in the Street

"If you are walking down the street, a public street, should a company be able to identify you without your permission?"

Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing
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Cyber Citizen Tool Shows Which Countries' Laws Cover Our Surfing

"Where am I?" In the real world, it's an easy question to answer. Online, things can get more complicated.

Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals
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Giving Physical Shape to Invisible Signals

When a newly renovated apartment in San Francisco went on the market earlier this year for roughly $8.5 million, its asking price included a somewhat unexpected...

Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity
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Your Brain's ­nique Response to Words Can Reveal Your Identity

Watch your language. Words mean different things to different people—so the brainwaves they provoke could be a way to identify you.

Can We Stop Killer Robots? U.N. Meets to Debate Possible Treaty
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Can We Stop Killer Robots? U.N. Meets to Debate Possible Treaty

The United Nations' Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons this week heard from experts on the subject of killer robots, or "lethal autonomous weapons systems...

Pre-Crime Software Recruited to Track Gang of Thieves
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Pre-Crime Software Recruited to Track Gang of Thieves

They always choose the line at the bank farthest from CCTV—that's how the Felony Lane Gang got its name.

Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test For Machines
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Facebook Invents an Intelligence Test For Machines

John is in the playground. Bob is in the office. Where is John?

Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links
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Google Wants to Rank Websites Based on Facts Not Links

The internet is stuffed with garbage.

Beijing Subway Swipe Data Betrays Social Class
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Beijing Subway Swipe Data Betrays Social Class

Beijing is an enormous city, sprawling over an area 10 times larger than Greater London.

What You 'like' on Facebook Gives Away Your Personality
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What You 'like' on Facebook Gives Away Your Personality

Be careful what you "like" on Facebook. You're opening a small window on your soul.

Time Cloak ­sed to Hide Messages in Laser Light
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Time Cloak ­sed to Hide Messages in Laser Light

A "time cloak" that conceals events rather than objects can hide secret messages through a trick of light, making information invisible to all but the intended...

Future Scenarios Show How Easily Ebola Could Explode
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Future Scenarios Show How Easily Ebola Could Explode

Just how bad will the Ebola outbreak in West Africa get?

Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play
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Wearable Tech Lets Boss Track Your Work, Rest and Play

Some jobs come with a uniform. For an increasing number of employees, that uniform will soon include a badge that tracks everything they do.
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