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First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine
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First Experimental Demonstration of a Quantum Enigma Machine

One of the great unsung heroes of 20th century science was a mathematician and engineer at the famous Bell Laboratories in New Jersey called Claude Shannon.

Mobile Phone Records Reveal Largest Gathering in the History of Humanity
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Mobile Phone Records Reveal Largest Gathering in the History of Humanity

Mobile phones have revolutionized the way scientists study human behavior, allowing them to watch people on a scale that has never been previously imagined.

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 to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence
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How to Create a Malevolent Artificial Intelligence

The possibility that a malevolent artificial intelligence might pose a serious threat to humankind has become a hotly debated issue.

Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People
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Robots Learn How to Make Friends and Influence People

Stanford University researchers have developed a computer-vision algorithm that predicts the movement of people in a busy space. 

How to Make Passwords That Cannot Be Compromised By Torture or Coercion
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How to Make Passwords That Cannot Be Compromised By Torture or Coercion

Researchers have hypothesized a method to measure an individual's stress levels and determine whether they are being coerced into revealing a password. 

Algorithm Clones Van Gogh's Artistic Style and Pastes It Onto Other Images, Movies
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Algorithm Clones Van Gogh's Artistic Style and Pastes It Onto Other Images, Movies

The nature of artistic style is something of a mystery to most people.

Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?
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Will Artificial Intelligence Win the Caption Contest?

When social-media users upload photographs and caption them, they don't just label their contents. They tell a story, which gives the photos context and additional...

A Simple Way to Hasten the Arrival of Self-Driving Cars
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A Simple Way to Hasten the Arrival of Self-Driving Cars

Researchers have compiled a massive public dataset for self-driving vehicles culled from thousands of hours of data from a single stretch of road over a 12-month...

Turing Tests and the Problem of Artificial Olfaction
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Turing Tests and the Problem of Artificial Olfaction

The ability to reproduce scent artificially is surprisingly complex, and the work of the Weizmann Institute of Science's David Harel sheds light on the issue. 

Could Alphago Bluff Its Way Through Poker?
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Could Alphago Bluff Its Way Through Poker?

University College London lecturer David Silver suggests software similar to Google DeepMind's AlphaGo could be crafted to play poker competently.

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...

How Google Deepmind Plans to Solve Intelligence
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How Google Deepmind Plans to Solve Intelligence

Padded walls, gloomy lighting, and a ceiling with floral wallpaper.

A Bitcoin-Style Currency For Central Banks
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A Bitcoin-Style Currency For Central Banks

Virtual currency could become more viable thanks to a new Bitcoin-like system developed by University College London researchers. 

Machine-Learning Algorithm Aims to Identify Terrorists Using the V Signs They Make
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Machine-Learning Algorithm Aims to Identify Terrorists Using the V Signs They Make

Ahmad Hassanat from Mu'tah University in Jordan and colleagues have developed a way to distinguish people from the unique way they make the "V for victory" sign...

Big Data Analysis Is Changing the Nature of Sports Science
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Big Data Analysis Is Changing the Nature of Sports Science

Sports scientists now can gather vast amounts of data on players and the action while games are in progress, but they still struggle to process the data in meaningful...

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...

Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password
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Log In to Your Phone with a Finger-Drawn Doodle Instead of a Password

Rather than painstakingly typing in passwords on your smartphone, you may eventually just swipe a shape or other pattern on its display to authenticate yourself...

First Evidence For the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are
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First Evidence For the Happiness Paradox--That Your Friends Are Happier Than You Are

Mathematical analysis has demonstrated the validity of the claim that most people's friends have more friends than they do. 

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.
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