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These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked
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These States Are at the Greatest Risk of Having Their Voting Process Hacked

Not everything belongs on the Internet, and the American electoral process is a textbook example. But 31 states don't see it that way.

If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why
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If a Driverless Car Goes Bad We May Never Know Why

Two recent accidents involving Tesla's Autopilot system may raise questions about how computer systems based on learning should be validated and investigated when...

Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching ­S All
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Largest Study of Online Tracking Proves Google Really Is Watching ­S All

Researchers at Princeton University say they have conducted the largest study yet on the technology that tracks people's movements around the Web. 

How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon
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How AI Is Feeding China's Internet Dragon

Shortly after walking through the front doors of Baidu in Beijing last November, I was surprised to notice that my face had transformed into that of a cheerful-­looking...

Pentagon Hackers Are Waging America’s First Cyberwar
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Pentagon Hackers Are Waging America’s First Cyberwar

U.S. politicians have long threatened America's enemies with tanks, planes, submarines, and nuclear missiles. Last week defense secretary Ashton Carter leveled...

What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?
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What Role Should Silicon Valley Play in Fighting Terrorism?

On Friday, January 8, several high-level officials from the Obama administration—including the attorney general, the White House chief of staff, and the directors...

Will AI-Powered Hedge Funds Outsmart the Market?
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Will AI-Powered Hedge Funds Outsmart the Market?

Every day computers make many millions of electronic trades by performing delicate calculations aimed at eking out a tiny edge in terms of speed or efficiency.

How Drones May Avoid Collisions By Sharing Knowledge
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How Drones May Avoid Collisions By Sharing Knowledge

The U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration is working with more then 130 research teams to determine how to manage drone traffic. 

China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots
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China Wants to Replace Millions of Workers with Robots

China is laying the groundwork for a robot revolution by planning to automate the work currently done by millions of low-paid workers.

When Your Boss Is an ­ber Algorithm
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When Your Boss Is an ­ber Algorithm

Researchers say Uber and Lyft's automated management systems establish new dynamics between workers and their bosses that should garner regulatory attention.

35 Innovators ­nder 35 2015
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35 Innovators ­nder 35 2015

The selection process for this package begins with hundreds of nominations from the public, MIT Technology Review editors, and our international partners.

Who Will Own the Robots?
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Who Will Own the Robots?

The way Hod Lipson describes his Creative Machines Lab captures his ambitions: "We are interested in robots that create and are creative."  

The Emerging Science of Human Computation
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The Emerging Science of Human Computation

A group of computer scientists, crowdsourcing pioneers, and visionaries has created a roadmap for research into human computation. 

White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption
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White House and Department of Homeland Security Want a Way Around Encryption

The White House and U.S. Department of Homeland Security officials support arguments by the nation’s law enforcement and intelligence leaders that encryption technology...

3 Questions on Killer Robots
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3 Questions on Killer Robots

Delegates to the United Nations Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons are meeting this week in Geneva to discuss fully autonomous weapons—machines that could...

Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms
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Ibm Tests Mobile Computing Pioneer's Controversial Brain Algorithms

For more than a decade Jeff Hawkins, founder of mobile computing company Palm, has dedicated his time and fortune to a theory meant to explain the workings of the...

Toolkits For the Mind
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Toolkits For the Mind

When the Japanese computer scientist Yukihiro Matsumoto decided to create Ruby, a programming language that has helped build Twitter, Hulu, and much of the modern...

Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber
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Data Mining Reveals When a Yellow Taxi Is Cheaper Than ­ber

A researcher compared Uber's prices with those of New York City's Yellow Cabs. 

New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms
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New Display Technology Lets Lcds Produce Princess Leia-Style Holograms

During a famous scene in Star Wars, Princess Leia has R2D2 play a holographic video message in midair in which she pleads for help from Obi-Wan Kenobi. In the near...

Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?
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Should Industrial Robots Be Able to Hurt Their Human Coworkers?

How much should a robot be allowed to hurt its coworkers?
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