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Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race
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Are Face Recognition Systems Accurate? Depends on Your Race

The U.S. Government Accountability Office issued a report finding the Federal Bureau of Investigation has not properly tested the accuracy of its face-matching...

As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You
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As It Searches For Suspects, the Fbi May Be Looking at You

The FBI has access to nearly 412 million photos in its facial recognition system—perhaps including the one on your driver's license.

Supercomputer Powered By Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel
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Supercomputer Powered By Mobile Chips Suggests New Threat to Intel


First Human Test of CRISPR Proposed
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First Human Test of CRISPR Proposed

A federal safety board next week will consider the first human use of the gene-editing technology CRISPR, according to the National Institutes of Health.

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.

How Ad Blockers Have Triggered an Arms Race on the Web
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How Ad Blockers Have Triggered an Arms Race on the Web

A team at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology has conducted the first large-scale analysis of ad-block detection on the Internet. 

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

University of Louisville researchers are studying how malevolent artificial intelligenes might be designed, and the conditions in which they might be create.

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.

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. 

Gene Therapy's First Out-and-Out Cure Is Here
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Gene Therapy's First Out-and-Out Cure Is Here

A treatment now pending approval in Europe will be the first commercial gene therapy to provide an outright cure for a deadly disease.

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. 

Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years
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Data-Mining Algorithm Reveals the Stormy Evolution of Mathematics Over 700 Years

University of Namur researchers are using network science to map the links between mathematicians of the last 700 years. 

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...
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