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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?
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Are Cyborg Warriors a Good Idea?

You already have a lot to worry about. Climate change, fake news, inequality, the stability of democracy. But I feel obliged to point out yet another threat: soldiers...

Catching Whisky Fakers
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Catching Whisky Fakers

Researchers across Europe are applying multiple methods to combat food and beverage counterfeiting.

What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?
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What Does a Crooked Election Look Like?

For voters around the world, including the millions of Americans who will cast ballots in the midterms up to and on November 6, an election is democracy in action—an...

How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things
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How Cryptojacking Can Corrupt the Internet of Things

Cyber criminals shut down parts of the Web in October 2016 by attacking the computers that serve as the internet's switchboard.

Spot the Fake: Artificial Intelligence Can Produce Lifelike Photographs
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Spot the Fake: Artificial Intelligence Can Produce Lifelike Photographs

Fraudulent images have been around for as long as photography itself. Take the famous hoax photos of the Cottingley fairies or the Loch Ness monster.

The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy
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The Evolution of Trust in a Digital Economy

To participate in today's global economy, ordinary people must accept an asymmetrical bargain: their lives are transparent to states, banks and corporations, whereas...

Could AI Be the Future of Fake News and Product Reviews?
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Could AI Be the Future of Fake News and Product Reviews?

Researchers are experimenting with artificial intelligence-based techniques for automatically generating convincing online reviews, such as bogus restaurant critiques...

The Imperfect Crime: How the Wannacry Hackers Could Get Nabbed
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The Imperfect Crime: How the Wannacry Hackers Could Get Nabbed

When hackers unleashed the WannaCry "ransomware" in mid-May, not only did they wreak havoc on European hospitals, telecoms and railways, they also made off with...

When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism
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When Hatred Goes Viral: Inside Social Media's Efforts to Combat Terrorism

On New Year's Eve in 2015 local and federal agents arrested a 26-year-old man in Rochester, N.Y., for planning to attack people at random later that night using...

The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission For Counterfeit Electronics
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The Pentagon's Seek-and-Destroy Mission For Counterfeit Electronics

The Pentagon has known for years that a significant number of the replacement parts it buys for its missile guidance and satellite systems contain substandard counterfeit...

New Rules For Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices
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New Rules For Avoiding Cyber Bugs in Medical Devices

The U.S. government on Tuesday issued rules for addressing cyber vulnerabilities in medical devices, providing manufacturers with guidelines for fixing security...

Trump's Plans to Shake ­p the Tech World
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Trump's Plans to Shake ­p the Tech World

Donald Trump's ascension to the White House had very little to do with his views on the spread of high-speed broadband, wireless spectrum allocation—or any number...

Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?
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Could Obama's Threat of Retaliation Against Russia Lead to Cyberwar?

Late last week Obama administration officials used NBC News to send Moscow a cryptic threat: The U.S. government is "contemplating an unprecedented cyber covert...

Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies
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Americans Are Wary About Body-Enhancement Technologies

Emerging technologies that draw from biomedical technology, nanotechnology, information technology and other fields are developing at a rapid pace and may lead...

How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime
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How to Hack the Hackers: The Human Side of Cyber Crime

Say what you will about cybercriminals, says Angela Sasse, "their victims rave about the customer service".

Driverless Cars Must Have Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals, Feds Say
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Driverless Cars Must Have Steering Wheels, Brake Pedals, Feds Say

Driverless cars should have a fairly easy time getting the green light to operate on U.S. roadways, as long as they look and act like the vehicles people have been...

Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists
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Pentagon Paying Techies to Think Like Terrorists

To stop a terrorist, it helps to think like one.

Gps and the World's First 'space War'
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Gps and the World's First 'space War'

Twenty-five years ago U.S.-led Coalition forces launched the world’s first "space war" when they drove Iraqi troops out of Kuwait.

Wikipedia Turns 15
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Wikipedia Turns 15

It must be difficult for the roughly half a billion people who visit Wikipedia every month to remember a world without the free online encyclopedia.

'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists
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'improving' Humans with Customized Genes Sparks Argument Among Scientists

"Today we sense we are close to be being able to alter human heredity," Nobel Laureate and California Institute of Technology virologist David Baltimore said December...
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